Feeling a Little Sluggish?

Before you reach for that 3rd cup of coffee, here are some remedies that’ll put a spring in your step without making you jittery. We got these from Real Simple magazine.

  • Stop obsessing! When your mind is in overdrive, your body secretes stress hormones, such as cortisol, which can really do a number on your body over time. It can also make falling asleep difficult by suppressing your hypothalamus – the part of the brain responsible for lowering body temperature so you can slip into sleep mode. According to Jacob Teitlebaum, author of the book From Fatigued to Fantastic, worrying is like putting a hole in your gas tank. Unless you do something to stop it, you’ll drain your energy. So, to stop fretting, ask yourself the basic question: “Am I in impending danger?” It sounds melodramatic, but it’ll help make you realize that your worries aren’t crises. Your body will calm down and you’ll feel more in control and energized.
  • Go outside. Studies show that spending time outdoors gives you a boost by reducing your stress hormones and lowering your blood pressure. Also, sunlight can boost your body’s production of serotonin, which lifts your mood and increases energy. But if there’s a thunderstorm, that’s good too! When there’s a high amount of air and water movement in the atmosphere – like during a thunderstorm, it increases the body’s oxygen intake and serotonin levels.
  • Pay attention to your breathing. Shallow breathing prevents the body from getting enough oxygen. But a lot of people fail to breathe deeply when they feel tense, which is one of the reasons they feel zapped at the end of a stress-filled day. According to Dr. Andre Weil, author of Healthy Aging, you need to breathe deeper, slower, quieter and more regular. Doing this helps you force more oxygen into your cells, which slows your heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and improves circulation – ultimately giving you MORE energy.

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