Next time fatigue starts to set in, avoid the caffeine and try one of these simple tricks to give your body a little oomph.


1 Small but mighty

Studies suggest that just a handful of raisins can fuel a workout, so when you’re feeling a little slow reach for these tiny bites of goodness.

2 Scentsational

Try aromatherapy to help you stay alert. “Diffusing citrus essential oils such as orange, lemon or grapefruit is a great way to refresh and boost energy,” explainjs Mary Dalgleish, vice president of the Federation of Holistic Therapists ( “Rosemary is excellent if you need to be alert,” she adds.

3 Food exchange

“Swap white carbs for brown,” explains The Medicinal Chef, Dale Pinnock ( “These have much more fibre which means they are digested slower, preventing the highs and lows that cause our energy to crash.”

4 Colour therapy

According to science, yellow is the colour most commonly linked with a healthy mood and alertness, closely followed by positive shades orange and lilac, so why not place a bold array of blooms on your desk? The gorgeous smell will help to boost your mind too!

5 We’re all ears

“Massaging your ears can increase energy, creating a sense of wakefulness,” explains Mary. “Simply rub the edges of your ears between two fingers, from top to bottom a few times.” Voila!



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