Whether it's your daily 4 o'clock slump or you just need the energy to power through the rest of your to-do list, I'm here to help. I came across some research-proven energy boosters in Woman's World magazine.
- For instance, try this at work simply sit up straight. It's tiring to slouch. In fact, just 15 minutes of bad posture while you're reading, typing, or driving exhausts your neck and shoulders. It also compresses your internal organs so they can't function at their peak. Sit up straight and you'll feel better immediately.
- Or try this one go someplace private, lie on the floor, and prop your legs straight up against the wall. That's a move from the American Yoga Association. What it does is it gives your circulatory system a break from gravity by sending a wave of blood to your brain.
- Here's an energy boost for chocoholics just pop two Hershey's kisses. That's enough to trigger the release of three feel-good hormones. Not a chocolate fan? Have a peppermint instead. A study by NASA found that just sniffing peppermint gives you a 15% drop in fatigue, a 30% increase in alertness, and a 25% decrease in frustration.
- To tired to cruise the mall? Go anyway. A brisk 10 minute walk the amount of time it'll take you to get around one level of an average-size mall is all it takes to wake up your whole body for 2 hours!
- You also might be feeling weak because you're not getting enough magnesium. But you need it to transmit electrical impulses across your nerves and muscles. If you have too little, your body has to work much harder to do simple tasks, leaving you feeling exhausted. The fix eat two tablespoons of peanut butter. That's half the amount you need daily. You can also get it from pumpkin seeds, tofu, or spinach.
- Hit your speed dial and talk to a friend. Socializing relieves stress and builds emotional energy. That's according to research from Wake Forest University. People who don't have strong social ties are more likely to feel tired and overwhelmed.