Ditch the morning coffee and top up your natural energy by making Clara Apollo’s simple chi changes…
Monday rolls in, your alarm screams and you bury your head deeper into your pillow, right? It’s a familiar story for us busy 21st century achievers. But if you’re tired of being tired and long to reboot your vitality, learning techniques to help you boost your natural energy to giddy new heights could be a game changer. Not sure where to start? Here are five simple steps to get you on your way.
1 Ditch the quick-fixes
When we’re tired, we often reach for easy ways to relax us or to keep us awake. But it’s a false economy because these things simply postpone our tiredness and keep us reliant on more of the same caffeine or sugary treats.
Choose natural stimulants. Ginger is a powerful substance – yes, even for ardent coffee drinkers. Try it as a tea, freshly-grated and teamed with the power of lemon juice for the perfect pick-me-up. When you need to relax, however, choose chamomile tea and look to lavender oil to balance the senses.
2 Go green
Our systems hold tension patterns in our shoulders, necks, the band across our forehead and in our lower backs. We need to help let it go! A very natural way to release it is walking – particularly handy if you’ve got a pooch who needs a little more exercise. Whatever your circumstance, take yourself outside to soak up the Earth’s energy.
Nature’s green is a great balancer and the colour is aligned to our heart chakra, so if you can’t get out, make sure you bring a taste of the wild inside. Have green plants in your home or grow salad and herbs in a window box. Cut flowers are wonderful but it’s far better to have plants with their roots in soil, representing a connection to the Earth.
3 Shake it off
Dancing is a primal requirement of our whole system, so hitting the dance floor is modern Shamanism in action! When you’ve got your favourite track on, stand with your feet hip-width apart, toes forward. Take three easy deep breaths in and out, let your shoulders drop and your body relax. Surrender to the support of your bones and the ground beneath you.
From a strong spine, relax your belly area and notice if that changes your breathing. Link the movement of your breathing with your relaxed tummy, and gently start bobbing up and down. Be ok with this bouncing from your Buddha belly! Feel at ease shaking up and down to the rhythm of the sounds. Let your system find a natural rhythm and spontaneous movement.
After five minutes, gradually slow the shaking down. Focus just below your navel area – the dantien point. This is your creative centre, your energy reservoir and place of physical balance. Feel the stillness inviting you in and see what you notice.
You’ll have an awareness of the energy flowing around your system just from being still. Take that awareness down to your dantien and imagine a little orange flame there. This area is where you can restore your vitality; placing your mind here will regroup you and lessen the tension in your system. You have created space for more in your life. When we touch stillness, we access a much deeper level of natural vitality.
4 Sleep talking
Be kind to yourself if you’re lying awake. See this as an opportunity to be with your real self. Ask what form of nourishment you need to be able to relax enough. This is the perfect time for inspiration to pay a visit.
If you’re struggling to doze off, rather than getting cross or upset that you’re unable to sleep, know that just being still and relaxing is of benefit to you. It is a great time for self-healing. In the cocoon of your duvet, you can transform the old energies of the day and become the beautiful butterfly that you truly are. Set the intention that you will get exactly the right amount of rest and recuperation, including sleep, to get you through the next day.
5 Be yourself
Take note of who you are spending time with. When we surround ourselves with old friends and family it can be easy to fall in to old patterns of behaviour. You don’t have to ditch them, simply recognise your patterns. Ask yourself what they are offering you to eat, drink, watch or talk about it. Their best intentions might not be a match for your new self.
The more you spend time with the new you, the easier it will become to make a stand for who you are. Then you’ll choose foods, thoughts and actions that nourish and support you – and you’ll feel amazing for it!
One small change can make a big difference to your energy and the more energy you have, the more ready you will feel to make positive changes in your life.
About the author
Clara is the UK’s leading Chi Consultant and has been described as ‘a connecting catalyst for positive change’. She is passionate about finding our most authentic selves and creating positive pathways in life, and is an award winning presenter of monthly conscious living radio show ‘Chi Time’.