Sunday, May 22, 2016

5 Tips for Staying Energized by Julie Jarnagin

Watching my kids run around, I dream of having some of their energy. Where do they get it? Imagine what we could do as adults if we could borrow just a little of their youthful energy? Well, we may not be able to go non-stop like a two-year-old, but there are a few ways we can have more energy.

1. Drink more water: Research shows that the majority of us are dehydrated. Not getting enough water can cause fatigue, foggy memory, irritability, and anxiety. After you finish your morning coffee (because I would never suggest you give up coffee), switch to water. Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables can also help you stay hydrated.

2. Take a walk: Most of us know we need more exercise, but I think we sometimes underestimate how far a little activity can go for our health. Walking increases circulation and oxygen supply, which gives us more energy.

3. Get more sleep: This one seems obvious, but still, we seem to try to function on far too little sleep. We think watching that television show or looking at Facebook instead of going right to bed will relax us, but instead it robs us of energy and makes it more difficult to fall asleep. Also, make sure your bedroom is a good environment for sleeping. A dark room will help you get more rest.

4. Invest in positive relationships: Some relationships drain us, while others give us more energy. Take a look at who you spend your time with and how they affect your energy. If coffee with a good friend leaves you encouraged, try to schedule them more often. If a phone call with a difficult person constantly drains your energy, do your best to limit them.

5. Spend time doing something you love: Whether it's reading, crafting, baking, writing, painting...anything, recognize the activities you love to get lost in and make time for those activities in your life. Nothing is more energizing than following your passion.

What do you do to stay energized?

My latest release - The Wedding Barn Morgan’s career is in shambles. What kind of wedding planner gets left at the altar? So when a job planning parties on a ranch in rural Texas comes her way, she jumps at it. So what if the cowboy who runs the place isn’t happy she’s there?
Rancher Nick Reid risked his heart once… and lost. Who needs love? He’s got a great life on the family ranch—so long as Paige Morgan and her city ideas don’t ruin it all. If only his family didn’t need her help to save their livelihood. And if only he wasn’t so darned drawn to the woman. But no sooner does Nick start to believe in love again, than a socialite shows up looking for Paige. Asking her to plan an elaborate wedding. Back in the city.
Both Paige and Nick need a second chance at love. But what will it cost them to take it?

USA Today Best Selling author Julie Jarnagin writes sweet and inspirational romance. She grew up in a small Oklahoma town where her family farmed and ranched. These days she lives in a not-so-big city with her amazing husband and two young sons who tolerate all her nerdy quirks. Julie earned a B.A. in Journalism / Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. www.JulieJarnagin.comSign up for her newsletter to be the first to learn about new releases and free books:
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  1. Great tips, Julie. I've been drinking 10 glasses of water every day for months. It's difficult, but a slice of lemon helps.

  2. Great tips. I drink water and coffee!

  3. Great advice. I can definitely feel it when I don't sleep enough or haven't had much water for hours.

  4. Water (and coffee!), sleep, exercise,and practicing gratitude help alot. I haven't conquered avoiding emotionally challenging people... ha... life can be full of them some days. So I'm trying to be grateful for THEM too. And that helps!