Dec 222010
 

As our days continue to get busier, and we are closing in on the New Year; do you find yourself running out of energy? Are you looking for ways to beat the midday slump?

Your body creates energy from nutrients, oxygen and invigorating stimuli, such as fragrance. These natural mood and body boosters suit our increasingly busy lives because they provide an instant lift, and are so simple to do each day. Read on to find out ways to de-stress, rev up your energy, and boost your mood….All without drinking another cup of coffee.

Down a glass of water – Dehydration wears you down, even before you feel thirsty.

Laugh out loud – Humor and laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts your energy, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.

Soak up a little sun – Light stimulates neurotransmitters in your brain, which increases motivation.

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Take a break from the computer – Your body can only handle about 45 minutes of sitting without becoming fatigued. Get up, walk around, and do a few stretches.

Focus on your breathing – The ‘breath of fire’ is a traditional yoga exercise that helps clear the lungs completely. First, breathe in deeply through your nose, and then exhale using 15–20 short, sharp bursts, clenching your stomach muscles to really push out each burst. Repeat three times and rush energizing oxygen through your body.

Massage your ears – According to traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating acupressure points on your ears increases blood circulation, and thus energy. Vigorously rub your ears all over for about a minute. They should start to feel hot and, almost immediately, you should feel more alert. Start at the lobe and massage up to the top of the ear.

Take a power shower – The water itself will wake you up. Try using a loofah to increase blood flow, sending oxygen to your cells, where it’s transformed in to energy. Switch to cold water, and feel the tingle.

Inhale – Using essential oils can be quite effective to offset the effects of fatigue, stress, and other

conditions that can affect energy levels. Examples of scents are lemon, basil, rosemary, eucalyptus,

peppermint, and grapefruit. One of the easiest ways is to place a drop into a tissue or handkerchief

and to inhale whenever necessary. Be careful to only put in one drop of the oil at a time. These oils

can be quite concentrated, so a little goes a long way

If all else fails, curl up for a catnap or a siesta. Ahhhhhhh…

Best wishes to all for a Happy Holiday Season and a Healthy New Year

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