Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Need a quick pick me up??

Put down that afternoon cup of coffee, or sugary treat and stand up and get moving!!!  Exercise releases endorphins that make you happy and give you energy!!!  (Anyone else suddenly picturing Legally Blonde…..exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy and happy people don’t kill their husbands LOL)  But seriously, if you are in a funk, have low energy and need a quick pick me up stand up, go for a walk around the office, smile (ever hear the phrase “fake it til you make it”?)  If you walk around with a smile your mood actually improves!!!  As far as boosting your energy….here are my tips (not all will work for you but pick what does work!!) get outside for your lunch, simply being out in the sunshine and fresh air will give a pick me up to get you through that mid day lull.  If you can, go for a walk after you eat, don’t skip lunch to walk, food also gives you energy, you don’t want to crash at 3pm.  If you can’t get outside, walk around the office, make sure you drink plenty of water and have a healthy snack (greens juices are amazing for a boost as well as nutrients) J 
Some more tips
-Stand up and take a big stretch!!!  Stretching increases blood flow and oxygen to the body, it’s a quick way to wake the body J
-Close your eyes really tight for about 30 seconds, take a deep breath and open them (do it a few times)…..this is great to do if you are sitting at a desk and can’t get up and move around….looking away from those papers and computer screen even for 30 seconds can give you a boost.
-Green Tea….studies have shown that the small amounts of caffeine in green tea can give you a boost without affecting your sleep cycle.
-Have lunch with a coworker, socialization with someone can get you laughing and destress you.  Don’t go to lunch with Negative Nelly though, that will only pull you down more!!!!  Go with someone you enjoy spending time with or would like to get to know….energy is contagious.
-Don’t sit still…..I know when we were kids our parents always said “will you sit still”….sitting in one spot or position for too long actually can make you drowsy!! Move, switch positions…..go ahead and fidget!!!!  What helps me not sit still??  Drink water…..if you drink enough water, you have to go to the bathroom, so you are gonna have to get up often!!!!
-And lastly please, please, please don’t skip meals!!!!  When your body doesn’t get the nutrients it needs it slows down……

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