5 ways to instantly boost your energy
Does the mere thought of trying to boost your energy levels make you yawn?
Welcome to the club. As a working girl who always finds herself back at the office a little too soon for her liking post-weekend, I’m struggle to muster the motivation to tie my shoelaces, let alone get on with the job (especially on monday mornings!).
Thankfully, there are a few things we can do to put a spring back in our step. The best part? They’re all ridiculously easy. Promise.
1. Let the light in
It may sound obvious, but there’s a reason why we sleep better in total darkness – because light wakes us up. So, instead of stumbling around in the dark, open up your blinds as soon as you rise from your slumber. The light will stimulate your body to stop the release of the sleep hormone melatonin and make waking up easier. Flipping on an artificial light will also help – especially on cloudy days.
2. Watch a funny YouTube video
A good laugh isn’t just enjoyable – it’s invigorating. Why? Well, it helps increase blood flow, which in turn boosts energy levels. It also helps your brain release endorphins, which can make you feel more awake. So, whether you get the giggles from watching Amy Schumer doing stand-up or a silly cat video on YouTube, it’s well worth making time for a laugh.
3. Chew gum
According to a study from Cardiff University in Wales, chewing gum can help you stay alert and concentrate for longer on tasks that require continuous focus. Which means that if you chew gum while watching the aforementioned YouTube video, you’ll probably have enough of a buzz to write an entire novel afterwards (ok, maybe not a whole novel, but still).
4. Embrace scent
… But not just any scent. Opt for rosemary oil (which enhances alertness, according to a study from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, England) or peppermint oil, which has a similar effect. We love In Essence Rosemary Pure Essential Oil and Jurlique Peppermint Pure Essential Oil – but if you aren’t such a big fan of essential oils, peppermint tea is also an excellent pick-me-up!
5. Coffee and a power nap, in that order
You may think you’re not supposed to drink coffee before going to bed, but it turns out having one before a short siesta may actually be a good idea. Speaking to allure.com, Orfeu Buxton of Pennsylvania State University says caffeine’s energising effect kicks in roughly 20 minutes after you drink it – which allows just enough time for a power nap. "By the time you wake up, you’ll feel alert without grogginess," he says. #Winning!
Have you been lacking energy lately? What other tips do you have for putting a spring in your step?