Much of the work force today is sedentary looking into a computer monitor. This can create a serious energy drain that necessitates some intervention. Before you reach for one of the many sugar-loaded “energy” drinks that will inevitably send you “crashing” down, try an all-natural approach to boosting your energy. Here are a few simple and natural ways to raise your energy level during an afternoon slump.
1. Take a brisk walk. Taking a walk outside not only causes your body to produce endorphins for a natural high, but it also allows your skin to soak in vitamin D from the sun’s rays. This essential vitamin is associated with maintaining healthy bones, kidneys and immune system.
2. Drink plenty of water. According to MayoClinic.com, even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. It makes sense, since nearly all of the major systems in your body depend on water including body temperature regulation and cell absorption of nutrients and oxygen.
3. Take a deep breath. When we are stressed or tired we take short, shallow breaths, which directly affect our energy level by slowing oxygen flow to our brain and other organs. Try this: Inhale through your nose (filling your lungs to capacity) and hold for three seconds. Then exhale slowly until all air has left your lungs. Repeat and revive.
4. Get up and stretch. Much like taking a walk, stretching facilitates healthy blood flow. Circulation is a key factor in your body’s energy level. Try standing at your desk (or other appropriate place, depending on your work environment). For the next 30 seconds do these maneuvers to boost your energy. Go up on your tip toes and reach over head for 10 seconds, stand flat with your arms over laced at the wrist and interlock fingers, dip your head between the arms and count to ten. Next, stretch each arm across the body then roll the shoulders back three times ending with a deep inspiration through the nose and out through the mouth.
So, the next time you’re at work daydreaming about curling up on your couch instead of working, try these simple suggestions to boost your energy. Your body will thank you for it.