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Are you tired all the time? Or do you just want to find a way to get an energy boost without an energy drink? Here are ten surprising methods of giving yourself a quick energy boost.
Get Up and Move AroundSimply moving from a seated position to a standing position temporarily changes the direction of circulation in your body so that oxygen and nutrients circulate to organs that may be less well supplied with them while you are seated. Taking a one-minute break from work at a desk or behind a computer once an hour can actually increase your productivity, assuming that you get to choose the time to stand up and stretch. Being ordered to stand up and release your tensions by a superior does not have the same effect.
What if you can't leave your seat, for example, during a long car ride or when taking a flight in coach class? Roll your neck around to stimulate circulation first to one side of your face and then to the other. Stretch out your arms and wiggle your fingers to relieve tension on the fascia connecting your arms to your torso. Wiggle your toes inside your shoes and flex your feet from one side to the other, without bumping anyone near you. These simple activities also increase cardiovascular circulation, relieve tension, and increase energy.
Practice Belly BreathingShallow breathing into just the top of your lungs does not provide your bloodstream with maximum oxygenation. Deep breathing so you feel your abdomen expand behind your belly button is required for an optimum oxygen supply.
Breathe in through your nose to a count of 5, one, two, three, four, five. Then discreetly breathe out through your mouth to a count of 8, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Longer exhalations and shorter but deeper inhalations both slow down your heart rate and increase your oxygenation. It also helps to sit up straight. Hunched shoulders interfere with deep breathing.
Try Something New, Anything NewDr. Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist on faculty at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA, says that novel activities cause the brain to release dopamine. This pleasure chemical is the same neurotransmitter released when we have sex, eat donuts, or play the Lotto. Something as simple as intentionally parking your car in a different spot or folding your towels a different way, as long as you are acting from personal choices and personal control, can boost your energy in the short term. Learning Swahili or taking up ballroom dancing might give you added energy for as many weeks or months as you pursue your new skill.
Find Fun, Or At Least Find a Funny CompanionFun activities and funny people do more than lift your spirits. They also lift your energy. Doing a recreational activity you enjoy, usually one that is slightly challenging but which you can master, or simply hanging out with people who have a great sense of humor recharges energy levels by encouraging the release of endorphins. If you can't find a funny companion, a funny video, YouTube clip, or television program is almost as good.
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