Are you feeling challenged to stay awake during the day? Are you feeling a little ‘foggy’ in the mind? Well, maybe the culprit is not so much what you're doing as what you’re not doing. Here are five, positive questions that can spark self-inquiry as well as a possible change in your everyday choices that can promote energy, focus, and joy!
1. Have you been meditating?
Meditation not only helps you reduce stress, but it can also help you tap into your inner energy reserves. Plus, it doesn’t have to take long; less than 5 minutes a day can do the trick. Not sure where to start? Begin by sitting quietly and focusing on your heart. Imagine yourself drawing in the energies you’ve given out today. Set the intention to reclaim your energy that has gone into chatting, encounters at work, or the emotional pull of others.
2. Are you making time for your yoga practice?
Are you having trouble making time for your yoga practice? Even doing just a couple of poses can give you a quick energy boost. Next time you’re feeling sluggish, try taking a revitalizing pose, such as Bridge, Camel, or Downward-Facing Dog. Also try these poses to combat fatigue: Big Toe pose, Bow pose, and Child’s pose.
3. Are you consciously aware of your breath?
Pranayama, the practice of controlling the breath, has a direct impact on stress hormones, heart rate, mood, brain function and focus, nervous system, and more. It is important to monitor your breath; making sure that you're matching each inhalation and exhalation with equal depth and duration.
4. How much water are you consuming every day?
When you're feeling a little sluggish, refill that water bottle. Ayurveda suggests that we drink seven or eight glasses of water every day to clear Ama (toxins) from the body and make sure that your vital energies flow smoothly. Try adding a drop of invigorating essential oils such as peppermint!
5. Are you allowing yourself enough sleep?
Are you having trouble waking up in the morning or crashing midway through the day? Here’s the no-brainer explanation — you didn’t get enough sleep! Implement a short yin yoga sequence to your nightly routine before you climb into bed: Seated Forward Fold, Reclined Butterfly, Legs up the wall, and Reclined Spinal Twist