Want to learn how to improve energy levels on rainy blue days?
The weather in Taiwan is always a buzz-killer, especially during the winter when it’s rare to see a dry patch of land. It’s always raining over here, hot and humid, or cold and humid, but always humid. Combine that with the island’s random temperature drops and spikes and you have the perfect formula for a constant miserable mood.
Today it’s T-shirts and shorts and tomorrow it’s jackets and hot tea, there’s no telling when the temperature will change. This means half the population is sniffling and clutching to their umbrellas, frowning while wearing sick-masks and avoiding eye-contact.
I have to admit, it’s difficult to stay positive when every day is downcast, especially when the rain doesn’t stop for weeks in a row. It makes you want to do anything to find some sunshine and warm weather. Like, take a trip to a tropical country such as Philippines, or install a human sized heat lamp in your room, the kind that you find in terrariums for reptiles.
We all know how difficult it is to be productive when you’re feeling down. And it’s not easy to be upbeat and positive when the weather is crap, it affects everyone. Of course, since our businesses are totally dependent on us, we can’t afford to feel depressed, and we can’t afford to miss any days because that’ll set us back, and that can’t happen.
So, the solution is to find a way to be positive and cheerful no matter what’s going on around you, whether it’s the weather, friends, circumstances, location, or anything – we need to find a way to be positive no matter what’s going on. If we are not positive then we won’t get any work done, and if we do get work done, it’ll be sub-par at best.
Where do we start? Where do I start?
We start with the mind.
It doesn’t matter what is going on outside, what matters is what is going on inside, inside your head, and that can make all the difference.
Self-help experts give off the impression that they’re always upbeat, cheerful, energetic, and productive on a daily basis. But something tells me, like everyone else, they have their down days too, since they are human after all.
Down days are the worst, and they can hit you randomly, sometimes you feel depressed for no particular reason even when you should feel satisfied with your life. Still, something nags at you, drags you down, and drains energy levels.
It feels like a black hole in your brain, sucking out the last bits of creative energy rolling around in there, and spewing out fog that clutters your brain.
You know what it feels like when you can’t seem to concentrate on anything and even writing emails or sending chat messages to your friends becomes a challenge; it’s horrible. We just want to sit around and do absolutely nothing or binge watch shows on Netflix.
However, working online requires us to be creative and creating content on a daily basis (whether that’s blog comments, emails, or articles) is the corner stone to a successful online business.
We have to find a way to create this content if we feel like each tap on the keyboard sucks the life out of you and suddenly we seems to miss-spell every other word.
Without content we can’t drive traffic to our website’s and that means no sales, no food, and no life. Well, that might be a slight exaggeration but the point remains the same; we need to create content like a content factory day in and day out, maybe not articles, but emails, messages, comments, pitches, and what not.
When you’re drained of all energy and suffering from brain fog even looking at a computer screen feels like a challenge. It’s too bright! It hurts my eyes!
Well, there are a few things that you can try – things that I have tried – to eliminate the brain fog and bring back the creativity and focus that you need to reach your business goals.
We need to get our energy back.
Here’s the part where I’m supposed to mention heading out into the sunshine for a walk in the colorful world, where you can meditate and look at light green grass to refresh your mind and calm your eyes.
Except, what happens when there’s no sunshine? and it’s raining non-stop? and heading outdoors makes you feel even worse?
Well… you have a perfectly dry house, don’t you? (please tell me you do!)
There’s something really simple that you can do which will trigger blood flow and help kick your brain into the right gear for business.
How to Improve Energy Levels While Indoors:
It’s that simple… and no, there’s no need for a gym.
There are plenty of body weight exercises that you can do to not only burn fat and build muscle but improve blood flow and improve energy levels.
I know exercise is probably the last thing that you feel like doing when you’re depressed, but trust me, it’s one of the absolute best things that you can do to get out of a slump.
And the sooner you get out of the slump the sooner you can get back to work!
The best part is that you don’t necessarily need to do a full-body work-out or bench press thousands of pounds to feel good. We’re not competing for a body-building competition here, we just want to get our blood flowing so we can focus on work.
So what can you do?
I’m sure you have seen those body-weight exercise fitness charts or challenges that list a thousand different exercises and a thousand different combinations of reps and sets, leaving the reader thoroughly confused.
If it’s too complicated people aren’t going to do it.
So, I’m going to recommend two; and these are really the only two that you need to know about.
Push-Ups and Squats.
Let’s start with push-ups.
Push-ups are the best body-weight exercises that you can do for your chest and arms, they’ll not only improve your strength (and appearance) but they’ll get your heart pumping; it’s a form of cardio.
I know you totally don’t feel like doing push-ups when you’re depressed, so all I’m going ask is that you do one push-up. That’s it.
Just do 1 push-up.
But Tim, one push-up is so easy, how could that possibly help me?
See, the thing about productivity is that the first step is the hardest. Once you complete the first step (or first item on your to-do list) the next one will be easier, and it’ll take nothing to complete the one after that.
So just do one push-up.
You’ll see it’s easy….and you’ll probably want to throw in a few more just because you can and you want to prove to yourself that you can do more.
Maybe you’ll do five, or ten, or twenty…. and before you know it your heart is pumping and sweat is dripping down your face while your muscles are pumped.
But most importantly, the blood flow will improve, and you’ll feel a new sense of focus, focus that you can use to work on your business. I can’t tell you how many times I got home from the gym with an intense sense of focus, and I sat down and power-wrote an article or two in record time.
Additionally, the simple act of taking action and doing something will trigger your brain to kick into gear and start properly working like it should. People who are depressed often feel tired, and that makes them want to sleep, but the problem is that the more you sleep the more tired and depressed you feel. It’s also easier to continue with the negative cycle once it’s begun.
So, it’ll be easier to break the habit if you don’t let it form in the first place. It’s like quitting an addiction, the best way to tackle the problem is to avoid it all together, don’t even get involved with addictive substances.
Exercise is one of the absolute best things that you can do to improve energy levels.
In other words, if you’re feeling depressed and moody, one simple action, like doing a push up, could be all that it takes to push you out of the slump and make you feel better and more productive.
There’s another exercise that you can do, a body-weight squat.
They might look easy but they really get your heart pumping!
Body weight squats are a lesser known exercise that can really make a positive impact on your health and weight. You don’t hear about squats as often as push-ups or crunches, but it’s a really important exercise that you should focus on.
Like I said, to get out of a slump, the point is to just get moving; do something!
One squat is all it takes.
Do one squat.
The more the better, but let’s start with one for now.
Squats really get your blood pumping and if you have access to a gym with a squat rack I highly recommend doing heavy-squats on a semi-regular basis. Then again, this isn’t about working out, there’s tons of fitness material on other websites.
You just have to do one push-up and one squat.
Go ahead and try it.
— Timothy Gagnon (@Timothy_Gagnon) April 6, 2016
These two exercises are the corner-stone of home-based fitness routines, there’s no need to purchase equipment or a gym membership; everything that you need is right with you.
Whenever you feel a wave of depression coming on, do these exercises. It’s an amazing habit that will not only keep your mind positive but it will also help you lose weight and build muscle from the comfort of your home.
So, that’s it.
That’s how you can say, “Screw you!” to the weather when it tries to get you down with constant rain and wind, like it does so often here in Taiwan.
Remember, when you’re depressed, it’s much better to focus on doing something with your body, move, staying still is not recommended. When you wait for the energy to arrive it will never arrive and you’ll be waiting for a long time.
But the energy is there, it just needs to be unlocked. It’s always there.
Exercise will release endorphins and make you feel energetic and focused.
It’ll make you feel happier.
One more weapon that you can add to your arsenal against depression is coffee.
Most of my work is powered by coffee.
Best way to wake up.
— BOLD & DETERMINED (@victor_pride) February 3, 2016
On coffee, my brain works faster, I type faster, and work gets done faster.
It’s my fuel. It’s probably your fuel too. Make a big cup of strong black coffee and do the above mentioned exercises and you’ll be primed and ready to take on the world.
So let’s not let ourselves get caught in a depression cycle.
It’s easy to get stuck in a depression cycle and most people do, for examples, take a look around the next time you commute on public transport, everyone seems to be in a depressed trance.
When the weather is crap it can push you even deeper into the hole.
But you can also fight against it… and the fight is easier than you might think.
It’s easier than you might think to improve energy levels!
To summarize, the next time you’re feeling in a slump and you can’t focus on work do one push up, one squat, and drink some coffee. It might sound simple but it works for me and if it works for me there’s a good chance it’ll work for you too.
It might just fix the problem.
Your body needs to be doing something!
Let’s do the push-ups and squats!
That’s how you improve energy levels!