Introverts: 7 healthy ways to get energized {plus smoothie recipe}

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We introverts know that spending time alone energizes us, but are you truly feeling energized in your alone time?

Before I started eating healthy, I would rush home and hide in my room to recover from feeling exhausted after school and work. Even after hours of spending time alone in my room, I would still feel drained. I would often get colds, be grouchy, and feel depressed and sensitive to everyone and everything around me.

Eventually, I found that there was more to my life than feeling sick and tired all the time, even when I thought I took a lot of quiet time for myself.

I did the following things, and over time, I felt happier and more energized, and I was less likely to catch a cold (I do rarely now, even if others around me are ill).

  1. Drink more water.

    I used to not care for drinking water — I didn’t like drinking water at all! I would rather have juice or a whole can of Sprite. As I sipped more water, I eventually crowded out the soda and juices that drained my energy. When we’re dehydrated, we feel tired and sluggish.

    Before reaching for another cup of coffee or a candy bar, drink a glass of water, wait a few minutes, and then decide if you really need the boost from caffeine or sugar. Drinking water before having a sugary treat or caffeine not only lessens your desire to reach for that sugary treat or coffee, but it also wakes you up.

  2. Have less (or stop having) caffeine.

    When I worked at a local coffee shop, I chugged my double espresso with organic soy and hazelnut syrup to power me through the day. I had little sleep since I had to be up early for my 4:30 a.m. shift. I would have the energy to get through the morning rush, but I was exhausted and irritated, and I wanted to shut off from the world at the end of my shift. I could forget about drinking more water during that busy time.

    Caffeine dehydrates you, which makes you feel tired if you don’t drink enough water with it. Caffeine also mimics the blood sugar high-and-crash roller coaster, which can make your mood go all over the place.

  3. Eat more dark leafy green veggies.

    Before you groan (because I did too, I used to hate veggies), remember that veggies are full of vitamins and nutrients that not only strengthen your immune system, but also lift your mood and give you energy to take on your busy day. When I started slowly eating more green veggies, I had fewer and shorter colds (they used to last at least a month), more energy, and I felt less heavy.

  4. Use natural sweeteners.

    White, refined sugar, usually found in baked goods and candies, and hidden in your favorite brands of peanut butter and cereal, don’t have the vitamins, minerals, and fiber your body needs, so your body has a difficult time digesting these foods, giving you the dreadful sugar high and crash. Instead, use natural sweeteners, like pure maple syrup, raw honey, and brown rice syrup, which have more nutrients, in place of white sugar.

  5. Experiment with animal protein.

    When I ate a lot of chicken and meat, my stomach felt heavy and I felt lethargic. I’m not saying that you have to go vegan or vegetarian, because every body is different—the amount of animal protein one person may need to feel energized may not energize someone else. Even eating too little animal protein can make you feel lethargic, so experiment with eating more or less and respect your body’s individuality.

  6. Set boundaries in relationships that drain you.

    When I was honest with myself, I realized that some of my friends or love interests had little to offer in return within our relationship. Figure out who drains your energy and why. Then, decide how to set boundaries. Perhaps this means simply giving less of your energy to that person by keeping in touch through text or e-mail, instead of phone calls or in-person meetings. This can seem scary, but you’ll create more time to keep in touch with more quality people, and make room for new people to come into your life.

  7. Get in touch with your spiritual side.

    Whether this is praying, meditating, practicing yoga, going to church or temple, or being in nature, feeding your spiritual side in a way that makes sense for you, and not how others say you should, will add meaning to your life and feed and energize you on a deeper level. For me, I love meditating, yoga and drawing, but for you, your spiritual practice can be something completely different, and that’s okay. It comes down to feeling aligned with your life, which makes you feel at peace.

    One of my favorite ways to start my day is by giving myself the boost of energy I need with a healthy breakfast loaded with fruits, lean protein, healthy fats, and maybe veggies. I found that if I skipped breakfast, I was moody. My go-to energizing smoothie is a great way to give your body the nutrients it needs to satisfy you and energize you until lunch time, your mid-morning snack, or even your afternoon pick-me-up.

Chocolate Banana Bliss Smoothie (serves 1)

Energizing Bliss Smoothie

1 cup almond or coconut milk

1 ripe banana

½ cup kale (I promise, you won’t taste it!)

2 tablespoons cashew or almond butter

1 tablespoon raw honey

2 tablespoons raw cacao

Ice (optional)

Add almond/coconut milk before putting the remaining dry ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth, then pour the smoothie into your favorite cup and enjoy.


13 Comments

  • Megan says:

    These are all great tips! And the smoothie looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it!

  • chris says:

    Smoothie recipe looks great, but raw cacao has a lot of caffeine, so that might conflict with #2 on the list. Carob is a nice substitute for cacao, but has a very different flavor.

    • You’re absolutely right! I would sub cacao for carob if you’re extremely sensitive to caffeine (plus if you use nibs, it gives it a nice crunch to the smoothie, I LOVE this!). If not, the caffeine content in cacao is not as dense as a cup of coffee. What I mean by #2 is to try not to reach out for the second or third (or sixth!) cup of coffee or anything caffeinated to rely for energy, as this is extremely draining to your body. One cup of coffee or caffeinated tea is totally fine if you can tolerate it. If you want to eliminated caffeine, instead of having a cup of coffee or caffeinated tea, you can drink this nutritious smoothie for that boost! 🙂 Thank you for taking time to read and comment, Chris, I really appreciate it.

  • Julia says:

    Love these tips! And this smoothie!!!

  • I love this Brenda! I am always on the look for healthy meal options. I love food, but I want to fuel my body in a healthy way. I can’t wait to see what else you write here. I also can’t wait to try this smoothie recipe. I love bananas AND chocolate. 😉 Excellent job! xo

    • Yay! I’m glad you love this, Amelia. Trust me, I love me some food, too! I thought that would be the hardest thing about eating healthier, but it’s absolutely not. You can always find healthier alternatives to your favorites – I’m all about balance. Let us know what you think of the smoothie, I love bananas and chocolate, too! Paired with almond butter, it’s such a delightful treat. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a sweet comment!

  • Great advice. And the water thing comes up so often. This country must be dehydrated. I know I am. Too much coffee, not enough water.

    • Thank you, John! Yes, we are chronically dehydrated, which also leads to a vicious cycle of overeating when we’re actually thirsty. A quick guide I’d love to give you – aim for half of your body weight in ounces of water, so if you’re 150 lbs, drink up at least 75 ounces of water daily. It does wonders for your energy!

  • Jasmine Nicole says:

    Great tips, I feel like they were all speaking to me! I agree that drinking more water and less caffeine can make a world of a difference. I hate drinking water, but the refreshing feeling afterwards is hard to ignore and I don’t feel so weighed down.

    • Thank you, Jasmine! I used to hate drinking water too, but I find that even adding flavor to your water – maybe with berries, mint, sliced citrusy fruits, pineapple, so on – leaving it over night in the fridge or in your water bottle for the day helps a lot. So delicious and refreshing. 🙂

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