Boost [Nb]Your Energy
We're not talking about shallow breathing that gets you through every day -- we're talking deep, intentional inhalations that fill your lungs to capacity followed by deep exhalations that draw your belly in. Deep breathing oxygenates every cell in your body, perks up your brain and helps release energy-draining tension. When you need a lift, take a few minutes to breathe -- deeply.
Despite the initial urge to load up on caffeine when your energy is low, grab your water bottle instead. Fatigue is a common symptom of dehydration and can be easily remedied by filling up on H20. Aim for eight (8-ounce) glasses of water each day. Add a bit more zip to your sip by squeezing a few slices of lemon, lime or orange into your bottle.
Laugh it off
Laughing is certainly one of the most enjoyable ways to up your energy. Having a good belly-tightening laugh is like giving yourself a mini-workout, which oxygenates your cells, increases your circulation and helps melt the tension that tires you out.
Turn up the tunes
When fatigue wants to be your best friend, fend it off with upbeat music that makes you want to tap your toes and snap your fingers. Singing can also perk you up, so if appropriate, belt out your favorite tunes to leave lethargy behind.
Take a walk
If a powernap isn't an option, get up and take a 10-minute walk outside. The exercise, fresh air and change of scenery will do wonders for awakening your brain and body.
Whether you're in the office cube, in the car in stop-and-go traffic or at home, boost your energy with tension-relieving stretches. Start with your neck and work your way down, gently stretching your shoulders, chest, back and arms. If you have the room (not recommended while driving!), stretch your lower body, too, even moving into a few of your favorite yoga poses to make you feel up and alive.