7 more energy boosters!


Our friend Dr. Bill Howatt is a behavioral scientist with expert insights into energy and motivation. He’s the author and creator of a long list of indispensable resources, including Q-Life: Quality Student Life Companion.

He suggests there are five signs you might need to recharge:

  • Low optimism
  • Sleepless night
  • Low motivation
  • Don’t want to socialize
  • No energy to exercise

Consider for a minute how you will know that you need a boost—maybe it’s one of the above, or perhaps it’s something else entirely. Your next step is to pay attention and honor those signals. Even better, don’t wait for warning signs—schedule time to recharge into your week. We’ve filled the WE Well-being Playbook with self-care tips and suggestions.

A good night’s sleep will always top our list.

For bedside reading, we recommend Why We Sleep by Dr. Matt Walker.

Here are a few more tips

We know from experience that helping others is an effective way to help yourself.

Start small and see how it makes you feel.

Take inventory

Make a list of some of the stressors in your life—events and conditions that activate the stress response system. See if you can identify one or two that could be reduced or eliminated.

Move your body!

Studies confirm the link between movement and well-being. You don’t need to break a sweat to create and maintain healthy neurons.

Listen to music

Brain-imaging technology tells us that doing so releases “feel-good” transmitters. Bonus marks if it moves you to dance like no one is watching!

Take a breather

We’ve shared a few techniques in the WE Well-being Playbook. One simple practice is to get comfortable and take a short time out. Breathe in as you count to 4. Breathe out as you count to 6 or 8. Repeat for 90 seconds.

Celebrate the little things

Find a reason to give yourself a high five.

You might also want to check out Dr. Dan Siegel’s Healthy Mind Platter, which recommends seven essential mental activities—from sleep to movement to play—for optimum mental health.

For more self-care ideas, Mental Health America offers 31 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health.