Here are 5 energy Boosting tips to help you put the pep in your step!
by Monique deGroot
Mid-afternoon is usually when most of us start feeling like we are running on empty. Some of us will grab a cup of coffee or sugar snack to help us through the rest of the day, but that will only result in high sugar levels, crash, imbalanced energy spike or jitters brought on by over stimulating your nervous system. The good news is, there are many ways to fix this by using some of the tips I have incorporated in my daily routine. They are simple, effective and as relevant as they were hundreds and thousands of years ago.
Move your Body: If you spend large amounts of time sitting, you could be robbing yourself of energy. One of the best ways to increase your energy is to move. Go for a walk, take the stairs! When you exercise even the slightest, your heart will pump faster and harder recalculating the blood in your lower extremities. This helps carry more oxygen to your brain, helping you feel aware and energetic. Moving your arms and legs also increases the circulation of lymph, hormones and neurotransmitters throughout your body.
Deep Breathing: The next time you feel yourself slumping, chances are your breathing will be slow and shallow. This is because you’re consuming less oxygen and your body and mind are becoming tired. Interesting fact: When you use your lungs to breathe deeply you take in approx. 5,000 milliliters of air with every inhalation. When your breathing is shallow, it can draw in as low as 500.
Self-Massage: Not only does this feel good, it helps promote circulation, increases alertness, and releases healing chemicals that can counteract the effects of sitting still. It also helps reenergize your system.
Stimulating Music: Depending on their frequency, rhythm and tempo, it can either relax or enliven your mind and body. Use upbeat music that you know will lift up your spirits and get you moving through your day instead of an unhealthy alternative.
Get Outside: For a lot of people, the workplace is a confined area, cubicle, fluorescent lighting and air conditioning which can affect your mood. Getting outdoors can have an immediate effect on our mood. Feeling the sun on your face is just one way to draw some vital energy in. It’s also a great setting to practice moving your body and breathing deeply. Spend your lunchtime outside or at a nearby park and enjoy. Even if it’s just a quick 5-7 minute walk or stretch, the benefits will be tenfold by doing them outside.