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Three Simple Steps for More Energy, Joy and Vibrant Health

Three Simple Steps for More Energy, Joy and Vibrant Health by Kelley Grimes at Cultivating Peace and Joy

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”

~John Rohn


Do you dream of having more energy and feeling vibrant and healthy?


If you are anything like many of the women I work with, you may be feeling chronically overwhelmed and exhausted and really want to step off the hamster wheel of life and feel more energized and joyful. Unfortunately, when we are overwhelmed and exhausted, it is often difficult to nurture ourselves or take the steps needed to change our situation.


Even when we know what we need to do, generating the motivation to take action can add to our feelings of overwhelm and stop us for taking inspired action. But what if you had three easy steps you could take today to bring you more energy, joy and vibrant health? Would you give yourself the gift of these self-nurturing practices and do the most self-compassionate thing?


Each step will nourish and nurture you and are supported by research to positively impact your body, mind and spirit. So in the spirit of self-compassion and kindness, try the following:


  1. Drink More Water

I know you have heard this suggestion many times, so here are the amazing health and wellness benefits to give you that extra push to include more water in your day. Drinking water boosts your metabolism, energy levels and productivity and supports your digestive system, brain function and skin complexion.


The most common symptom of dehydration is tiredness so drinking water improves your energy level, mood and overall health! Make a commitment to increase the amount of water you drink by 2 extra glasses per day and notice how you feel.


  1. Sleep 7-8 Hours Each Night

Now I know this recommendation may be difficult if you have a newborn, small children or insomnia, but for the remainder of us it is critical for our physical, mental and brain health to get more sleep.

Sleep provides mental and physical renewal, increased energy and improved mood. Getting enough sleep is vital for memory, quality of life, improved performance, clarity of thinking, increased creativity and even longer life.

Research shows that receiving less than 7-8 hours of sleep a night for days in a row leaves us as mentally impaired as if we were intoxicated. Commit to increasing the number of hours you sleep at night to up to 7-8 hours and notice the difference it makes.


  1. Walk daily

This is such an important step to take and is a foundation of cultivating energy, joy and good health.

There are so many fabulous health benefits to walking including: the reduction of stress, body fat, blood pressure and overall disease risk; improvement in immune system, mood and heart health; and walking is so good for your brain.

The fact that walking is accessible for most of us, makes it an easy step to add into your daily self-nurturing practice and provides another way to weave mindfulness into your life. Even 10 minutes of walking at a time has shown to improve health and wellness. You can increase the fun by walking with a friend or companion animal.


Making a commitment to all three simple nurturing steps today will have a transformative effect on your energy level, mood and overall health. Not only will you feel better, but the empowerment you experience will send ripple effects into your life.


May you value yourself enough to commit to these three simple self-nurturing practices so that you can nurture peace in the world from the inside out!

Kelley Grimes

Sending you so much peace, love and gratitude,

Kelley Grimes, M.S.W.
Counselor, Author & Speaker

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Join the discussion 9 Comments

  • Debra Reble says:

    Thank you Kelley for your wisdom and insight. I live by these 3 principles and can honestly say I have vibrant health, energy and joy! xo

  • Lore Raymond says:

    WALK each day! YES!
    Now that it’s FINALLY cooling off here in Florida –it’s a chilly 72 this morning– it is time to walk before I start my writing day on the computer. I also enjoy “walking meditation” which I first experienced at an ashram in Inia.
    xo Hugs

  • Leila says:

    I needed this. Thank you Kelly.

  • Self care isn’t selfish, it’s a necessity! Thanks for the info.

  • Andrea says:

    Perfect timing. Instead of coffee, I’m headed off to find some more water.

  • Thank you for these simple reminders for staying healthy and filled with vitality, Kelley! I admit that sleep is a big issue for me. I do strive to get 7 hours a night, although some nights it is challenging for me to fall asleep and I do not get enough. It’s funny how drinking more water became a key focus for me when I was just in Sedona…the desert dryness really dictates you drink more than you even think you should. Walking is my all-time favourite way to move, so the is a daily practice I am happy to say I am quite faithful with.

  • A very helpful reminder that simple steps can make a profound difference.

  • Thank you for highlighting three totally doable pillars of daily self-care!

  • Love these 3 suggestions for higher vibrancy and energy Kelly. I happily do all of them..and have added Power Yoga tot he mix too 🙂 A happy body is a Happier me. I have to confess though…sometimes the sleep does go erratic, but mostly I stay on track 🙂
    xoxo, Z~

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