The holiday season can fight against the body's natural desire to relax and hibernate. But instead of putting on another pot of coffee — or worse, a sugary soda or energy drink! — try one of these quick techniques to boost your energy level naturally.
Break for it: When feeling tired or overwhelmed, sometimes all you really need is a quick break. But you don't need to head outside for a lengthy walk — especially when it's so cold outside. Whether you simply close your eyes to get a break from the screen or take a walk around your office building, taking a time-out will keep you feeling more productive and centered.
Tap your thymus: For an instant boost of energy, Marian Buck-Murray, a nutrition coach and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner, recommends tapping your thymus with your fingertips for 20 seconds, slowly breathing in and out. "Your thymus is located at center top of your chest, below the collar bone, between your breasts. When tapped it triggers the production of T-cells, boosts energy, relieves stress, and increases strength and vitality."
Keep reading for two more ways to boost energy naturally.
Stretch it out: Staying seated for lengthy amounts of time on a plane or at a desk can make your body feel sluggish. Yoga can be a huge help that doesn't require any workout equipment. These eight yoga poses you can do while sitting will help give you a quick energy fix.
Try some peppermint: Certain scents can help boost your energy levels and lift your spirit. Wintertime and peppermint go hand in hand, but this powerful fragrance works all year long. Its menthol scent opens up the sinus passages, helping you breathe easier all day long. Consider keeping a small bottle of peppermint oil on your desk or in your purse. This way you'll have it when you need it the most.