If you didn’t get enough sleep last night – have a tough commute – or too much work stress - we’ve got your back. Here are some simple solutions to get you through the day in a good mood with energy to spare. We found this in Woman’s World magazine:
- First, for everyone who never gets enough sleep, try this quick fix. Jump in the shower and alternate between hot and cold water. That’s a trick used in sport’s medicine to boost an athlete’s energy. It gets the blood pumping and oxygen circulating. And here’s proof it works. In a study, three minutes of hot water followed by 30 seconds of cold water increased blood flow 100% in the arms and 70% in the legs.
- Next – for your tough commute – download Otis Redding’s song “Try A Little Tenderness” – or any other song that starts off mellow and then builds to an energizing beat. Another example would be the song “Last Dance” by Donna Summer. Studies show that your brain waves will match themselves to the music tempo you’re listening to. And a song that gradually speeds up, gently speeds up your brain waves and lifts your mood. It’s more effective than putting on some techno right off the bat.
- Another music-therapy trick: Tap your hands on the steering wheel to the beat or dance in your seat. That sends the same electrical impulses to your muscles that you’re getting through your inner ear – carrying the energy to the rest of your body.
- And here’s one last fix, this time for your stress: When so many people need something from you – and they all want it now – you’ve got stress. So try giving yourself a mini-massage. This comes from the American Massage Therapy Association: Start by rubbing your arms, front and back, from shoulder to wrist. That gets your lymphatic fluid and blood circulating. Then, take each finger, rub it and pull it. Finish by massaging the base of your skull. Stressed out workers who do that self-massage are more alert, more productive and less prone to energy-draining stress.