Next time fatigue starts to set in, avoid caffeine and try one of these simple tricks to give your body a little oomph!
1 Small but mighty
Studies suggest that just a handful of raisins can fuel a workout, so when you’re feeling a little slow reach for these tiny bites of goodness.
Try aromatherapy to help you stay alert. Diffusing citrus essential oils such as orange, lemon or grapefruit is a great way to refresh and boost energy.
3 Food exchange
Swap white carbs for brown, these have much more fibre which means they are digested slower, preventing the highs and lows that cause our energy to crash.
4 Colour therapy
According to science, yellow is the colour most commonly linked with a healthy mood and alertness, closely followed by positive shades orange and lilac, so why not place a bold array of blooms on your desk? The gorgeous smell will help to boost your mind too!
5 Stay hydrated
Even a five percent drop in hydration can make you feel fatigued and fuzzy, when you hit the 4pm wall, swerve the coffee and simply reach for a glass of H20.
6 A head start
Give yourself an Indian head massage when you’re feeling lethargic. A vigorous scalp massage is a wonderful pick-me-up that can be done at any time to increase circulation to the head and boost energy.
7 Phone a friend
Research conducted by the department of psychology at the University of Wisconsin found that hearing a supportive or familiar voice prompts the brain to release oxytocin, a stress-fighting mood-elevating hormone. So when you need a boost, give mum a ring.
8 Spice up your life
In ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has been used to raise energy levels in people suffering from lethargy or depression. The scent and taste of turmeric, when used in foods and teas, can uplift your senses and invigorate your body.