We all feel that mid-morning slump. Although some of us barely get past 9am without feeling the need to reach for an energy drink or a huge caffeine boost. We all lead busy, hectic lives so its not surprising that so many of us struggle to get the recommended eight hours of sleep we need a day. So, what can you do to boost your energy levels? You might have the best concealer for dark circles but you’re going to need something a little more enduring than that. Read on for 5 ways to naturally boost your energy levels.
The most important meal of the day
So many people skip breakfast, and then they wonder why their energy and concentration levels begin to slip mid-morning. Studies show that people who eat breakfasts made up of high fibre foods like oats, or even breakfasts high in protein report that they feel fuller for longer than if they’d had something sweet and sugary! So if you’re going to have breakfast, even if it’s just something small, make sure its packed full of goodness!
Typing away at your laptop for hours and hours? We get so chained to our desks and caught up in deadlines that we feel moving away from them would be unproductive. But that’s just not the case. If you’re feeling your concentration waning, don’t fight it. Head outside instead. You don’t have to go for a 5 mile hike, just 20 minutes in the fresh air can be enough to reinvigorate and refresh you – ready for round two with that deadline.
Never underestimate the power of a glass of water. Keeping hydrated is not only good for your skin and complexion but will give your energy levels a good kick. You don’t have to stick rigidly to the “8 glasses a day” rule, just keep drinking as much as you can as often as you can. If your wee is light coloured then you’re in the right zone. Make a habit of keeping a reusable bottle at your desk, or a jug of chilled water in the fridge. The walk to the kitchen will wake you up too.
You’re massively fatigued and struggling to concentrate, so the thought of exercise seems unrealistic to say the least. But did you know that exercise is the perfect way to reenergise yourself? Getting your blood pumping and circulating oxygen around means that your body is awake and active. But you don’t have to do a huge session at the gym, just a brisk walk around the block or a small cardio session will do the trick!
Sing, sing, sing!
Singing makes everyone feel good – whether you’re likened to the sound of Taylor Swift, or more like a cat. Putting on your favourite music and singing along will wake you up, energise you and make you feel great. If you’re stuck in the office and singing into your stapler is frowned upon, maybe save it for the car on your lunch break!
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