Feeling blah at 2 in the afternoon? Usually it’s not in the cards to lie down and take a nap. And if you have anxiety or panic attacks, you know that reaching for a caffeine-laden coffee or energy drink can have disastrous consequences.
Since I started my new job which is on the evening shift (3:30pm -10pm) I find myself really groggy during the day. In fact, I feel like going back to bed even as I write this- it’s 7:14am. I am looking into some natural energy boosters that will help me stay alert, yet not make me anxious or jittery.
The internet is loaded with all sorts of natural energy boosters in the form of pills, drinks and what have you. I just read that the best natural energy booster is doing a 24 hour fast. Hmmm… Since I don’t really feel like eating right now, I guess technically I am fasting, but… *yawn*… that just isn’t going to do it for me today. 😉
I did find a treasure trove of ideas for natural energy boosters from the October 2011 issue of Women’s Health. Here is a link to the original article, as well as some other wonderful natural energy boosters I found:
Natural Energy Boosters That Incorporate All the Senses & Won’t Make You Anxious
The following sensory experiences increase the natural production of mood-elevating, stress-fighting hormones in the body. These help us to feel awake and alert, while still remaining calm.
Sense of Sound:
Listen to upbeat music- ideally for about an hour a day. Turn on the radio or plug in your iPod. I never thought I’d like listening to top 40 again, but since I taught myself how to go to the gym, I find myself humming along to Lady Gaga and Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj. My children are mortified…:)
Talk to a supportive person. A quick phone call to your mom or best friend is all this takes. Hearing a soothing, familiar voice is balm for the soul. I make it a point to connect with my mom and sister once a week, no matter what. It is probably one of the best things I can do for myself.
Sense of Touch:
Give someone you love a nice big hug. If your teenager thinks you’re icky, and your husband is grumpy, go for the dog. In fact, I say always go for the dog 🙂 Buddy is always ready for some sugar from Mama – he’s such a good boy.
It said in the magazine to ask for a foot or hand massage. That wouldn’t fly here because my teenagers think I’m icky and hubby is grumpy, so I just do it to myself. It feels fantastic! Don’t forget to use a nice lotion. I rub my feet every day as part of my getting out of the shower ritual- even if for a minute. I also keep a bottle of cocoa butter lotion right here next to me by the computer for little hand rub breaks.
If it’s available to you, a little morning romp in the hay is one of the best ways to get your day off on the right foot.
Sense of Sight:
Get at least 20 minutes of natural light a day. More is better- the magazine says 45 minutes, but I think 20 minutes is more realistic and do-able, and it’s something a psychiatrist recommended to me years ago. The sun doesn’t even have to be out. Just go outside or sit near a window if you can. You can also use a light box for a natural energy kick. This light box has over 200 five star reviews on Amazon.
Color therapy. Mellow yellow, orange, and lilac are all positive energy colors that can help boost your mood. My kitchen where I spend most of my time is sunny and yellow and my bedroom is a deep lavender. Even splashes of these colors can do the trick. Sometimes on my way out of the grocery store I will treat myself to a nice little bunch of seasonal flowers and put them near the computer. So nice!
Sense of Taste:
This one is super easy and calorie free to boot- Chew Sugar Free Gum. They actually did research on this at the Nestle Research Center in Switzerland (dang- I want to work there!) Tangy Citrus is the best flavor, but I am a devoted lover of mint gum, which may be less effective than citrus. I love the cool refreshing inhales after popping a stick of sugar free mint gum and I do believe it wakes me up and enhances my energy levels nicely.
Feeling blah at breakfast? Have a fresh orange, tangerine, or grapefruit.
Sense of Smell:
Orange, Peppermint, Lemon and Cinnamon naturally boost the mood and relive stress too. You can get the benefits from sitting near scented candles or rubbing a few drops of essential oil onto your wrists.
I remember a yoga class I used to take years ago, where at end of class, the instructor would go around the room rubbing orange oil into our foreheads. It was nice.
Did you ever wonder why a fresh clean room makes you feel so good? It could be the lemon or orange oil. Or how you just love that smell of walking by a bakery? That would be cinnamon doing its job..
I hope you enjoyed this post on Natural Energy Boosters that won’t make you anxious. I can happily report that I am now bright eyed and bushy tailed. I mushed up Buddy with hugs and took him out into the sunshine for a few minutes. Then I sat here and gave myself a nice little foot rub. And now that I got to thinking about bakery smells, there is no way I will be going on a 24 hour fast anytime soon!
I wish you peace and cinnamon rolls,