The holidays are filled with too many activities that tire you out, but I have good news! Here's a list of ten simple ways to get that energy boost and to get back in the game!
1. Start the day by taking an invigorating aromatherapy shower. Try using essential oils, such as cypress, eucalyptus, juniper, lemongrass, rosemary and thyme to stimulate your senses. Scrubbing your body with a loofah and finishing with a blast of cold water will give you an extra boost!
2. Don’t have milk in your tea. Drinking black tea improves alertness and concentration.
3. Exercising, particularly outdoors on bright days, triggers the release of adrenaline and endorphins, which boost your energy levels and mood!
4. Snack on Brazil nuts. They are a rich source of immune boosting selenium and B vitamins, which convert fat, protein and carbs to energy. A handful of Brazil nuts and a few raisins will help balance your blood sugar and avoid energy peaks and slumps.
5. Switch off your laptop and smartphone, and relax in front of a flickering fire. Using electronic devices before bed suppresses the sleep hormone, melatonin, and affects the body’s natural rhythms.
6. An early birds feel more alert, awake and motivated than those who get up later. Don't sleep in- hit the ground running!
7. Poor posture can affect our energy levels by putting stress on parts of our body that are not designed for it, such as our neck or back. To improve your posture, draw in your stomach muscles and try to be as tall as you can, whether you’re walking or sitting.
8. If you need to be on your feet over the festive period, try reflexology: a Korean study shows it can relieve fatigue and promote sleep. And you can do it yourself. First, locate the gait reflexes on your foot – there are five on top of the foot, about halfway down, in between the metatarsal bones, and one on the sole, in the centre of the foot, and slightly further back than the others. Apply firm pressure for a few seconds to each point for an instant energy boost.
9. Roasted chestnuts are the perfect winter pick-me-up. They are packed with B vitamins and healthy carbohydrates for energy, plus they’re lower in fat and calories than other nuts.
10. Dig out your festive classics CD or go along to a local carol service to join in a rousing rendition of O Come All Ye Faithful: according to research from the University of Windsor, Canada, listening to music lifts our mood and makes us more productive and efficient!