Essential oils stimulate the brain through the nerves in the nasal passages
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In part 1 of this article you learned 25 ways to boost your energy, including spending your energy wisely, exercising in the morning, pulling down on your earlobes and eating less sugar. In part 2 you will learn 25 more ways to boost your energy, including stretching, staying hydrated, changing your socks and turning on the lights.
1. Turn on the lights: darkness promotes fatigue and laziness. So don’t sit in the dark, turn on the lights.
2. Stretch: when you feel that you are getting tired, get up, reach towards the sky, bend down and touch your toes, twist your torso from side to side and stretch it out. Also, you can do some yoga; yoga exercises such as the warrior pose, have been known to reduce fatigue and increase energy levels.
3. Take a nap: a 15 minutes early afternoon nap will refresh you, and will not interfere with your regular sleep patterns.
4. Find something to look forward to: having something to look forward to, is a great motivator.
5. Eat smaller meals more often: eat smaller, more frequent meals, to avoid the collapsing feeling that comes with digesting large meals.
6. Eat whole grains and energy foods: the carbohydrates in whole grains take a while to break down, providing you with energy that lasts longer. High energy foods include sunflower seeds, beans, fruit or fruit juices, eggs, yogurt, nuts and vegetables.
7. Chew sugar-free peppermint gum: it will make you feel fresh and it will not rot your teeth.
8. Choose lean protein: foods with lean protein help you feel fuller for longer, but also give you more steady energy by preventing blood sugar spikes. Lean protein foods include fish, other seafood, lean pork and chicken breast.
9. Take the proper vitamins: make sure you get the proper amount of vitamins, especially vitamin C, vitamin D, selenium, riboflavin, niacin and the B-vitamins such as pantothenic acid, folic acid, thiamine and vitamin B12.
10. Organize you space: keep everything in its place to avoid losing energy looking for stuff.
11. Use aromatherapy and incense: aromatherapy uses essential oils from plants to stimulate the brain through the nerves in the nasal passages. Oils can be added to bathwater, massage oil, a steam bath or vaporizer for inhalation. Essential oils that can help you stay alert and reduce fatigue include bergamot, cinnamon, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, fir, ginger, lemon, lime, lemongrass, peppermint, pine, rosemary, basil and black pepper. Also try a citrus scent.
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12. Stay hydrated: dehydration reduces your blood volume, which can make you feel tired. Drink plenty of water which will also increase your need to go to the restroom, a feeling that will also help you stay awake.
13. Clear your stuffy nose: If allergies have your sinuses blocked, you may be feeling more tired and cranky. Rinse your nasal passages with salty water.
14. Wear brighter colors: the colours you wear project to people your mood, and the responding mood they project towards you. If you wear dark, dull colours, you project a dark, solemn attitude, and people will respond to you with a solemn attitude. If you wear bright, happy colours, you’ll get that attitude projected towards you, which will boost your own mood and energy levels.
15. Dress up: feeling better about yourself will have a magical effect on your energy. So put some effort into looking your best. You will get compliments that will make you feel better, happier and more energetic.
16. Do something good for others: doing good work and good deeds for others will enhance your happiness, satisfaction and health and it will help boost your energy.
17. Examine your emotions: stress, depression and other negative emotions can take a heavy toll on your energy levels. Your tiredness may have a lot to do with how you feel mentally, so take the time to deal with your emotions and get help if you need it.
18. Lose a little weight: carrying around extra weight takes a toll on your body and energy, so take off a few pounds. The things you do to lose weight, like exercising, drinking water and avoiding sugars, are actions that also have a positive effect on your energy level.
19. Consider herbal supplements: herbs can improve energy levels. If you’re looking for a natural way to stay awake, try supplements of ginseng, bee pollen and other herbs.
20. Talk about or do something that interests you: talking about or doing something that interests you for a few minutes, it will get your mind firing and will boost your energy.
21. Start your day with a challenging task: get your brain in gear by doing a challenging task first. You’ll be more alert and you’ll get the hard stuff out of the way so the rest of your day will be a breeze.
22. Change your socks: this is an odd trick, but it works. Carry a change of socks with you, and change your socks on days when you do a lot of walking.
23. Don’t slouch: collapsing down into a chair or slouching when you stand and walk isn’t going to do you any good in the alertness department. Sitting and standing up straight and waling tall will make you feel more alert and ready to do what you have to do.
24. Try something new: getting into a boring routine can make your day long and tedious and will drain your energy.
Try new things and seek out new experiences to jazz up your day and keep you alert.25. Complete an unfinished task: nothing can drain your energy more than a lingering unfinished task or project. If you have a task or project that is weighing heavily on your mind just do it.
Find out more natural ways to boost your energy in part 1 of this article.
The content for this article has been adapted from various web sources.