Now that we have identified and started plugging some of our energy drains, I want to share a few things that you can do IMMEDIATELY when you find yourself tanking, and need a quick pick-me-up. We will eventually talk about long-term energy builders, but these work instantly!
Many people walk around dehydrated and never realize it. Remember to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. If you are draggy, drink 2 glasses of water over a 15 minute period. If nothing else, you’ll have to perk up to get up and use the potty! Caffeinated beverages do not count!
2. When was the last time you ate?
It is important that you eat 3 meals a day and at least 2 snacks. And you can’t eat just anything. I am dealing with this TODAY with my young adult daughter. She almost passed out at work. When I asked her what she had for breakfast, I found out she had drank half a yogurt smoothie. Too much sugar, not enough protein. While sugar may give you a quick boost, you will crash just as quick!
To eat for energy, have a serving of protein along with a complex carbohydrate. Some examples of this:
an apple dipped in peanut butter
a string cheese stick and 4 whole wheat crackers
a boiled egg and some grapes
Remember the old Snickers commercials? Well I have found that a Snickers bar has a good amount of protein due to the peanuts. If I am sluggish and eat 1/2 a Snickers, it does give me a boost without a sugar high.
If you are where you can listen to music, turn on something with a beat that gets you singing and tapping your feet. If you can, get up and dance around a bit. When I have to drive for long distances, along with snacking well, I will turn up the music and sing at the top of my lungs to stay awake, much to the dismay of any travel companions, especially of they ARE trying to sleep!
4. Step into the sunshine and take a few deep breaths.
These are things that can reduce your stress level, but can also help wake you up. The deep breaths bring more oxygen to the brain and the sunshine will perk you up. I wouldn’t recommend going and sitting in the sun, as that may make you sleepier and ready for a nap!
5. Speaking of naps, sometimes you may need a quick nap.
Power napping has been used by many great achievers in the past, such as Einstein, Churchill, and Edison. A power nap needs to only be about 15-20 minutes. Set your alarm on your phone if necessary. Even if you are one who cannot fall asleep that quick, take advantage of closing your eyes and slowing your brain down for that time. It will help to refresh you. If you sleep longer than 20 minutes, you will be groggy and sluggish. Keep it short and sweet!
So, what about you? What things do you do to give yourself a pick-me-up?
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