To Do List That Will Boost Your Energy
Make it a practice to take deep breaths as often as you think about it. It’s simple physiology: getting more oxygen to your cells is energizing. Whenever I have to sit at my desk for any length of time, I pause every few minutes to take a couple of good deep breaths.
Take a Walk
A 30-minute walk every day can keep your mind alert and your blood pumping beautifully, and your walk time is perfect for solving problems and coming up with creative ideas.
Take a Nap
NASA recently discovered that 26-minute naps increased alertness by 54 percent, and performance by 34 percent. Power naps have been the secret of many a genius, including Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dali, and Thomas Edison. Some research suggests that 10-minute naps work just as well.
Take a Bath
Albert Einstein did a lot of great thinking in the tub (maybe after his power nap!), and he wasn’t the only famous person who did. The famous mystery novelist Agatha Christie, for example, wrote most of her books in the bath.
Drink Coffee and Eat Dark Chocolate
Good coffee and low-sugar dark chocolate go a long way toward energizing many of us and, sure, we can laugh at those “coffee achiever” ads, but it turns out there’s something to them. Over-caffeinating can be bad for your health, though, so use moderation and good sense.
Take a Dance Break
Put on your headphones and a super-rhythmic song and move it! Dancing to old-time rock and roll that has a deﬁnite beat is an instant energizer.
Some researchers have found that test scores improve when students chew gum; it’s now thought that gum-chewing actually boosts our brain power because it increases blood ﬂow to the brain.
Use it or Lose it
Do something really sweat-making every once in a while. I took kickboxing after I had one of my kids to get back in shape, and it really ﬁred me up! Now I go to the gym.
Care for a Companion Animal
Whenever I see how excited my dog gets when she does the same things over and over, I’m reminded that I don’t need to be bored by repetition, and walking her is a great energizer and a good excuse to get a little fresh air twice a day. But whether you favor dogs, cats, or iguanas, there’s nothing like giving and receiving unconditional love to create more good energy.
Drink Energizing Herbal Teas
Make a cup of energizing herbal tea using any combination of the following herbs (or use them in your cooking): dill, bay, chives, cilantro, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, leek, onion, oregano, parsley, peppermint, rosemary, sage.
Use Citrus Essential Oils
The fragrance of all-natural citrus oils is energizing, so sprinkle a few drops of lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit oil in a saucer and place it by your desk.
It will help if you eat plenty of leafy greens and colorful vegetables and fruits. The basic rule is to avoid anything white—white ﬂour products like pasta or bread, white sugar, and dairy products loaded with antibiotics and hormones. Avoid sugar, especially. Yes, it gives us an energy rush but it’s temporary and usually followed by a crash.