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The 10 Biggest Energy Suckers

Biggest-Energy-Suckers1. Thirst

You lose the equivalent of 10 cups of water from everyday living. And you replace only about four through eating. Hidden dehydration robs you of energy and makes you feel lethargic.

2. Darkness

When it’s dark, your body says “Sleep.” When it’s light, your body says “Get up and move!” When you get up in the morning, throw open the curtains immediately. Get as much light as you can, and you’ll feel more energetic!

3. High-fat diet

Have you ever finished a meal and wanted to go and lie down? That’s because you fed your body high-fat foods, which tend to make us lethargic.

4. Poor sleep habits

If you don’t sleep consistently at the same time for at least eight hours or more, you are probably throwing your body out of whack, says MySleepCenter.com. It doesn’t know when it’s supposed to be awake and when it’s supposed to be asleep. Sleep isn’t an indulgence; it’s a necessity!

5. TV watching

When feeding your mind with television, you are encouraging your body to be passive. Even “smart” shows, such as History Channel programs or the evening news, can “zap” energy because they turn your body to “sedentary” mode. So take television in moderation, and make sure you’re being active the rest of the time.

6. Inactivity

If you don’t use it, you lose it. Even little things such as climbing stairs or carrying heavy groceries can zap your energy if you don’t regularly use your body in other ways. So walk, run, bike, play tag with your kids, or anything to get your body moving!

7. Pessimism

Attitude is the key to experiencing life. Being pessimistic about your relationships, your job prospects, or anything in your life zaps your energy to do what’s necessary. So go to God and ask Him to give you His vision of your life: that He has a plan for you, that you are worthwhile, and that He loves you.

8. Unfulfilling work

If you spend much of your life involved in work that seems to serve no purpose, consider a change. If that’s not possible, try volunteering outside of your work at something that you do feel is worthwhile, to give you a new perspective on your life.

9. Strained relationships

Perhaps nothing causes as much stress as tension with the ones you love. It colors your outlook on everything else. Make sure you take time to nurture the relationships with the ones you love, and take them to God in prayer.

10. Disorganization

Wasted time and energy zaps you. And disorganization is one of the major culprits. If you routinely hunt through drawers to find things, if you never have clean laundry, or if you find yourself always scrambling, it could be that you haven’t organized your life as well as you could. Take a look at the things that waste your time, and see if you can do these things differently. Soon you’ll find yourself with lots of time you never used to have.

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