5 Tips to Boost your Body Energy
1. Get a good night’s sleep
Our bodies and brains need between 7-9 hours of quality sleep every night to remain energised, according to several studies, so it’s important to get those ZZZs. Herbal teas, like camomile, peppermint and verbena are popular for winding down at bedtime, or you could scatter a few sprigs of fresh herbs like lavender around your bedroom for a soothing fragrance. Even if you can’t always get as long as you might like in the land of nod, keeping a regular sleep routine is also recommended to help balance your body clock.
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2. Eat a wholesome breakfast
Start the day the right way with a balanced breakfast. It doesn’t have to be a big meal, why not slice a small banana and sprinkle over some low-fat yogurt and muesli instead? If you’re out and about, don’t forget to take a healthy mid-morning or afternoon snack with you, to keep those energy levels balanced between meals.Avoid skipping your breakfast even if it is just a cup of tea with slices of bread.
3. Go for a mid-morning walk or lunchtime workout
Fitting in a workout during your lunch hour does require some planning in advance, but is a great way to stimulate mind and body. If you’re too busy to hit the gym, you can get your blood pumping with a brisk walk instead, even if it’s just around the block. Another quick option is to find a (fairly private!) flight of stairs and run or walk quickly up them a few times, taking it slower on the way down to recuperate.
4. Take a power nap
Admittedly this isn’t always be possible at work, but if you get the chance, a 10-20 minute power nap can help you feel recharged and raring to go. Set your alarm and, even if you don’t fully fall asleep, take some time out to let your body and mind relax. If you find it hard to switch off, try listening to some calming music or a radio documentary to distract your mind from everyday concerns. Some even say classical music conducive to a good night rest.
5. Gentle exercises and breathing
Simple physical exercises can be an effective way of helping you improve concentration and cognitive abilities, while breathing techniques can contribute to a Zen state of mind. Static, anaerobic stretches can help improve your range of motion, and are quick to do. Deep, regular breathing exercises will also give you focus and calm, so why not combine some gentle stretches with breath control?
A balance of sleep, the right fuel and mind & body exercises will help you keep your energy levels up, and your mind fully concentrated on the task in hand.
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