Have you ever wondered how you’ll make it through the afternoon without a nap? You could reach for another cup of coffee or an over-sweetened “energy” bar, but that could mean the jitters or a post-sugar crash later.
Instead, the next time you feel like putting your head down on your desk, try these simple strategies to reintroduce calm and focus—and keep you steadily energized all day long.
Quick and easy energy boosters
- Take 10 square breaths.
Breathe in for a slow count of 5. Hold for 5. Breathe out on 5. Hold for 5. This type of breathwork can shift your energy.
- Stand up.
Taking breaks to stand, especially if you’ve been sitting for a long time, can wake up your muscles and get the blood flowing.
- Eat a handful of shelled pistachios.
Pistachios give you a boost of protein and cell-supporting antioxidants. Plus, the act of removing the shells may help keep you from overeating.
- Drink green tea.
Tea has less caffeine than coffee for a boost without the jitters—and beneficial plant chemicals.
- Check in with a friend or coworker.
Being social can provide a boost of energizing self-esteem, even if it’s virtual.
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule with screens.
Every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This can help you avoid energy-sapping eye strain.
- Dive into your favorite mobile game.
Decompressing with less-demanding tasks can renew your thinking power. Just make sure to set a time limit.
- Watch a funny video.
Laughter releases endorphins, the “feel-good” neurochemical, which can reduce your stress and refresh your mood.
- Breathe in a whiff of peppermint essential oil.
Peppermint is known to help improve memory and increase alertness. You can add a few drops to a diffuser or take a sniff straight from the bottle.
- Strike your best Superman or Wonder Woman pose.
Adjusting your posture can have an immediate effect on your energy. These power poses are known to boost your confidence. Instantly.
- Jot down 3 things you’ve accomplished.
Focusing on things you’ve achieved can help you shift your perspective and re-energize your spirit. Gratitude lists can cause the same effect.
- Listen to music you love.
Classical, techno, metal, hip hop—turns out that whatever music you prefer can help calm anxious thoughts and keep you focused.
- Go outside.
Being in the sun does wonders for your mood and energy levels. Take a few deep breaths of fresh air for an added boost.
- Drink a glass of citrus-spiked water.
Prevent the fatigue that comes with dehydration. Wake up your senses with the zing of orange, lemon, or lime.
- Hang in rag doll.
With a gentle bend in your knees, slowly lower your torso until it’s hanging over your thighs. Release your head and neck. Fold your arms and grab your elbows. Poses like this release the pain and stiffness modern life can bring.
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