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.
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 (fht.org.uk). “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 (dalepinnock.com). “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!