By Sheela Prakash
This time of year, it’s easy for us to get cooped up inside with little motivation to brave the blustery cold. If you’re like me, that’s when I find my energy reaches an all time low. When I am feeling extra sluggish,I know it’s time to give myself a boost of energy so I can really be my best. Sometimes the solution is simpler than you think, so on those days when you’ve been laying on the couch for way longer than you wanted, these five ideas can kickstart you back in action.
Seriously, drink some water.
Dehydration is an instant energy-killer. So often, when you’re feeling sluggish, you might really just be thirsty. Kick back a tall glass of water or two to immediately feel a whole lot better. Then keep a carafe of water nearby so you can keep refilling your glass throughout the rest of the day.
Read more on hydration: 5 Hacks to Maximize Hydration
Take some deep breaths. Like, right now.
It’s all too easy to forget to take a few deep breaths throughout the day and yet doing so does actually limit the amount of oxygen flowing through the body and to the brain. That means if you’re just taking shallow breaths all the time it can affect your energy level. Stop what you’re doing and take a few deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth, filling up your lungs each time. You’ll be surprised how much good it does.
Go for a walk — even if it’s cold out.
Bundle up if you have to and just get outside. I find it’s the easiest way to boost my energy. It’s hard to motivate myself to do so when it’s cold out but I always feel better after. Fresh air has a way of getting your head moving and you’ll feel a lot more like yourself, even if you just take a quick 10 minute walk around the block.
Grab a healthy snack.
Take a look at the clock and see how long it’s been since you last ate — or simply take a second to listen to your stomach. I often find my energy is the lowest mid- to late-afternoon, when I suddenly realize it’s been hours since lunchtime and dinner isn’t anytime soon. Snacks like a banana with peanut butter, a handful of nuts, a hard-boiled egg, a string cheese, or some veggies with hummus are naturally energy-boosting because they have a nice mix of protein, fat, and carbs to give you a jolt.
Give Essential Oils a Try.
Aromatherapy can be a powerful force but you don’t need to take a deep dive, buying things like diffusers and candles, in order to reap its benefits. I keep a small bottle each of energizing peppermint and eucalyptus oil by my desk. When I am feeling an energy drop, I’ll dab a drop or two on my wrist or neck or simply take a whiff straight from the bottle. Other great oils to try are orange, ginger, rosemary, and grapefruit.
What are your quick tips for boosting your energy?