Mandy Green, Busy.Coach
As coaches, we are paid to produce results with our teams. As we are heading into the summer, now is a great time to start trying out some of these energy boosting tips so you can come back in the fall energized, rested, and sustain high levels of energy throughout the day so you can keep bringing your best for your team.
To get the results we seek, we need to be prepared to perform as a coach at our best all day long. To perform at our creative and confident best, our best influence, our best strength, our best persuasion, our best judgment and decision making ability, we have to be at our optimum energy. Your coaching and recruiting performance throughout each day and week and ultimately being able to accomplish your big goals for the year personally, with recruiting, and with your team will be predicated upon how you better manage your energy during the day.
Here are 8 ideas for you that when you implement them, should help you to keep your energy up during the day.
Sitting at your computer for long periods of time will lead to sleepiness and sluggishness, so get up every 60-90 minutes to refresh and recharge. Get up to go to the bathroom, go refill your water bottle, take a quick lap around the building, plan to run an errand or 2 during this time, get up to stretch your legs and back, or walk around and talk to your coaching colleagues…just do something that will take your mind off of the work that you were doing. You will be amazed at how much more energy and focus you will have, especially at the end of the day, just by taking a few short mini-breaks throughout the day.
Listen to tunes while you work
There has been a lot of research done on how our brain’s pleasure centers light up when we hear music. Throwing on the headphones and listening to any music you like while working can give you a productivity boost.
Take deep cleansing breaths
Take a deep breath through your nose, hold it, and let it out slowly and forcefully. Repeat several times. This will take 30 seconds and will be an instant fix. When you sit back down, you’ll have the clear head and fresh feeling needed to power through the task in front of you.
Go for a walk outside
Another great way to rejuvenate and be prepared to attack the rest of the day after lunch is to take a lunchtime stroll. A brisk walk outside will break up your day, get your blood pumping, and refresh your mind. This walk will help to clear your mind of clutter and distractions from earlier in the day and should recharge you for an even more productive second half of the day.
You should also make time to visit a gym daily for a more robust exercise regimen that will not only keep you energized throughout the day, but it will help build your stamina and patience, and alleviate any stress you may be under.
But do it in your chair. Don’t lie down on the sofa or you won’t get back up. Keep it short: 5-10 minutes max. Any longer and it will have the opposite effect of knocking you out for the rest of the day.
Drink lots of water during the day
I read somewhere that Dehydration is the number one performance killer for athletes. The same is true for us as coaches. It is a sinister cause of fatigue because it slowly creeps up on you. If you consistently drink less than 8 cups of water a day, you may be sluggish all the time. Get a 32 oz (1 quart, 4 cups) water bottle. Your goal is to polish off 2 of those a day. Try it for a week and see if your general energy level increases.
Snack throughout the day
By eating smaller but more frequent healthy “meals”, you will maintain a steady dose of energy throughout the day. Remember, mood and energy follow blood sugar, so stay away from the sweets. Candy and sweets will give you a short 30 minute burst, but it’ll be quickly followed by a debilitating crash and will rob your vital energy so instead try: nuts and seeds, non-fat yogurt, dried fruit, eggs, nut butter on a cracker, or strips of cold turkey, chicken, and beef.
So I just gave you 8 different ideas. Are there more out there, yes of course. These have been the 8 that I have found to work the best for me. If you are not doing any of these, just start by trying one of them. Slowly one by one add in another one as you are comfortable. If you have other ones that you have found to be a great energizer for you, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear what they are!