8 tips to instantly feel more energized

July 28, 2015

If you feel sluggish in the afternoon, have trouble getting up from the sofa, and mourn the energy you used to have when younger, the following tips are for you.

8 tips to instantly feel more energized
  1. Make a list of every relationship in your life and rank how those relationships make you feel, from one (terrible) to five (fabulous). Bad relationships are known energy sappers. Take note of the relationships that don't add any positive energy, and develop plans to remove yourself from them.
  2. Make a list of everything you're looking forward to in the next month. Do this every month when you pay your rent or mortgage. Simply building more anticipation into your life helps to stoke up your energy.
  3. Eat something crunchy. Pretzels, carrots and other crunchy foods make your jaw work hard, which can wake up your facial muscles, helping you to feel more alert.
  4. Chew a piece of peppermint or spearmint chewing gum. You'll get a burst of energy from the invigorating flavour and scent, not to mention the physical act of chewing.
  5. List all the people you're angry with and write a friendly letter to each one. Brooding over past events only drains your energy. Try to accept others for who they are and don't expend a lot of effort on changing them. You don't have to send the letter. Simply writing it is enough.
  6. Soak a washcloth in icy water and place it over your face. The icy coolness of the cloth will quickly rejuvenate your facial muscles and eyes. It will probably lift your spirits as well.
  7. If you have dried rosemary in your kitchen, crush a small handful and take a whiff or three. The herb's intense woody fragrance is known to herbalists as an invigorating stimulant.
  8. In the hour before bedtime, turn off the TV, put away your work and relax with a good book, some embroidery or a crossword puzzle. Take a warm bath and listen to soothing music. This ritual will help you to fall asleep more quickly and experience a more restful slumber, resulting in a more energetic you the following day.
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