Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Energy Boosters and Busters

Winter got you down? Here are some boosters that will have you smiling and feeling alive again. There are also some energy busters listed, if you get rid of the it is sure to be an uplifiting experience.


Exercise - As much as we try to fight it ...this one is true. Not only does it increase your energy level it boosts brain activity. Aim for 20 minutes a day 3 times a week. And yes fast walking the length of the mall DOES COUNT!

Tyrosine supplements - Tyrosine is an aino acid that acts like caffeine without the downsides. It keeps you up and you don't have to worry about crashing.

Acupuncture - ok so the thought of getting tiny pins stuck in me just doesn't really appeal to me but I've heard it works wonders. They say the pins not only give the feeling of released energies it also increases energy levels.

Nap - This one is my favorite and while in college I was on a two nap schedule. It worked wonders not only did I achieve scholastically it enabled me to satisfy my late night activities. Napping recharges your battery. And the best part you only need 20-30 minutes. Get some zzZ s reap the rewards.

BUSTERS - beware these zap your energy faster than you can fall asleep

Stress- When prolonged and unresolved, it can cause the adrenal glands to stop producing as much cortisol. Low levels of cortisol can leave you feeling lethargic.

Winter Darkness- Lack of energy is the number one complaint during the winter months and has been known to cause Seasonal Affective Disorder. Now that's an excuse to head to a warm, sunny vacation spot.

Boredom-We know about "burnout" from doing to much but there is also "boreout" caused from doing to little. The longer you are bored, the less energy you have and the more likely this temporary feeling can become permanent.

Get out, get moving and THINK SPRING

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