There’s nothing worse than plugging along like a trooper and suddenly running out of steam. If having no energy is becoming your status quo, here are 19 simple and natural ways to blast through the blahs so you can get back to business.
1. Eat chia seeds
These itty bitty seeds have so much going on they should be wearing itty bitty capes: They’re packed with B vitamins, fiber and protein, all of which will give you the pick-me-up you need.
A 10-minute walk can boost your energy for up to two hours!
3. Drink more water
Dehydration equals fatigue. Make sure you have water on hand for when you feel thirsty.
Yawning cools down your brain, which wakes it up.
5. Know your pressure points
Throw a few acupressure techniques in your arsenal: Increase energy by massaging your earlobes to the tops of your ears for 30 seconds with your index fingers and thumbs. Pinching the point between your thumb and forefinger for several minutes will also give you a quick energy boost.
6. Sit up straight
Proper posture allows proper blood flow throughout your body, and among other things improves mental alertness.
7. Get dolled up
When you look frumpy, you feel frumpy. Put more effort in your appearance and you’ll be strutting around in no time.
8. Enjoy more magnesium
Not having enough magnesium in your diet will zap your energy. Munch on pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews and spinach more often.
9. Brighten your day
Wear bright clothing and surround yourself with bright colors in your home and office. Yellow’s known for boosting optimism, while scarlet red stimulates your aggressive, ambitious side.
10. Take a whiff
Keep the scent of cinnamon around, which reduces fatigue and makes you feel more alert. If you don’t have cinnamon handy, peppermint and citrus scents are also fabulous for those moments of no energy.
11. Hang with energetic friends
We all have a friend or two who are the female equivalent to the Energizer Bunny. When you need a lift, give them a call or spend some time with them. Energy is contagious!
Nothing lowers your energy level more than clutter and mess. Throw on some upbeat music and organize the areas of your home you spend the most time in.
13. Ignore time
Book one day a month as a deadline and obligation-free day just for you. Drop everything and spend the day doing what you feel compelled to do in the moment. It’s a refreshing way to give yourself a boost when you have no energy.
When listening to upbeat music, take it one step further by singing along to the song. Singing offers an emotional high while reducing stress hormones. Cha-ching! (But if you’re tone-deaf like me, perhaps stick to shower and car performances.)
Watch a funny movie or show, talk to a comical friend or check out ridiculous YouTube videos.Laughter reduces blood pressure and stress hormones, and helps get rid of that weighed down feeling of having no energy.
16. Go outside
Being outside for just a few minutes enhances your mood and memory, not to mention sunshine increases levels of vitamin D which helps fight depression.
17. Get it over with
By “it,” I’m referring to that nagging chore you keep putting off. Whether it’s something at work you’ve been avoiding or that horrendous pile of dirty laundry, when it’s finally done you’ll feel a huge surge of energy that will pick you up for the rest of the day.
18. Bring nature indoors
Surround yourself with plants, scenic prints of places that inspire you, open your windows – do everything you can to bring more nature into your everyday life.
19. Get to know your rhythm
We all have specific times of the day where we feel energized, and others where we feel sluggish and unmotivated. Figure out when you’re at your energy peak and use that time to get your most important tasks done, leaving not-so-important ones (or ones that don’t take a lot of energy) for when you have no energy but still need to truck along.