The chill of winter really makes it easy to fall into a rut of feeling rundown, sluggish, and foggy-brained. Rather than reach for sugary sodas, energy drinks or another pot of coffee, try a few natural energy boosters on for size.
Sitting for an extended period of time leads to depression. Movement helps you feel more alert and awake because it stimulates blood flow. On the other hand, sitting and being idle signals a sleepy feeling in the body.
The best way to combat a feeling of sluggishness is to get up, stretch, and start moving around. Take walk around the block, or jog up a flight of stairs for a quick burst of energy.
Research has shown that 30 to 60 minutes of exercise in the afternoon can not only boost your mood and overall work performance, but your productivity will see an increase also.
Chat With a Buddy
Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert there’s nothing quite like the energy boost that comes from spending time with positive people.
If you can’t find a positive person, than start by being a positive person. If you’re feeling depleted, call up a friend or take a quick stroll around the office to exchange pleasant small-talk and a few quick laughs.
Proper nutrition is vital to maintaining optimal health, and this goes for sustained energy as well.
Make sure you’re getting all of your required vitamins, proteins, and even the proper form of fats, to ensure your body is running in top-notch condition.
Music may soothe the savage beast, but it’s also a fantastic way to instantly boost your mood and elevate your energy.
Listening to upbeat music for as little as 10 minutes is a super-easy way to feel recharged, and it works even better if you add a bit of exercise into the mix by having a dance party for one.
Chase the Sun
The release of mood-lifting chemicals in the brain can be triggered by exposure to natural light.
According to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology a significant boost in energy levels can be measured after spending only 20 minutes outdoors. Rise with the sun for a quick morning walk.
If you’re stuck in an office at a desk job, make it a point to take a 20-minute walk during your lunch break.
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