You’re feeling sleepy. But you don’t want to be. It is 10am, nap time for babies! You’re not a baby are you? You get plenty of iron and as a result of reading Part 1 of the ‘Overcoming Fatigue’ Blog you ensure an adequate intake of vitamin C to aid your non-heme iron in it’s travels. You want that energy that comes from somewhere other than a can of chemicals. Here are 6 quick tips to help you invigorate your system.

MOVE

Have you ever had one of those days where you do nothing yet at the end of it all you feel tired? Your blood circulation is probably poor. The more active you are the better circulation you’ll have. Why is good circulation important? It is because blood carries oxygen and nutrients throughout your body and makes it’s deliveries where supply is needed. Better oxygen flow equals more energy. 

DO SOMETHING NEW

This one is based on hypothesis and significant anectdotal evidence but as notable neuroscientist Gregory Berns, M.D explains,  “…when people do something that is novel, the brain’s reward chemical, dopamine, is released”. Dopamine is also believed to provide a teaching signal to parts of the brain responsible for acquiring new behaviour. Maybe that’s one of the reasons kids are so full of energy! Give it a go. Take that dance class you’ve been wanting to do but have been too lazy or too bound with excuses to try. Take a cooking class. Learn a new language. Buy a ukulele and teach yourself to play. Make a chess board out of carved soap. Dust off your ‘bucket list’ and knock a few things off. Reinvigorate your senses. Have you had the experience of trying something new and then feeling a newfound energy parcelled with it? Tell me more in the comments section.

SIT UP STRAIGHT

Think about it. When you slouch you close up the chest cavity. By sitting up straight it is estimated that you will receive as much as a 30% increase in oxygen intake which will consequently provide more energy for your mind and muscles. If you are a habitual slumpy person (slumpy just received a red underline from spell-check but I like it so I’m sticking with it), then try replacing your office chair for a Swiss Ball. Another thing you can try is every so often pushing the chair away and kneeling before your desk instead of sitting. Posture is the word of the day!

EXERCISE

I won’t harp on about this too much considering this whole site is dedicated to pushing exercise and it’s mates (good eating etc.) but suffice to say that a 30 minute block of exercise a day WILL improve your energy. It is proven, don’t argue, just do it!

CHUG IT BACK

Mostly water that is. Your body NEEDS water to transport oxygen. Oxygen provides energy. Energy will allow you to get off your bum and finish that manuscript you’ve been toiling over on and off for 20 years. 

ENJOY NATURE

Tomorrow morning I want you to try something. As soon as you wake up, walk to the front or back door, open it up, step outside and take a deeeeeeep breath! Then, open up your windows and let the fresh air and sunshine in. You’ve just given yourself a great start to the morning. If you work indoors, take your breaks outside. Nature has a way of stimulating the senses. One reason is that sunlight boosts production of serotonin in our body. Serotonin can lift moods and increase energy.