If the festive season is leaving you feeling a little frazzled, take a few simple steps to rediscover your zest in no time; there are endless ways to boost your energy.
The standard energy prescription is pretty simple: rest, eat well and exercise daily. But what if that’s not doing the trick? Start by drawing on nature by using the energetic properties of flowers and plants. Bach flower essences work on a subtle level to restore emotional balance and lift energy levels. Take some Hornbeam remedy which helps put a spring back in your step. With all essences, simply add a couple of drops in a glass of water.
If you feel your vitality waning during the day, sniff some peppermint, either leaves or oil; peppermint is the standout for lifting your energy as it promotes mental stimulation and refreshes the spirit. Other invigorating oils to try are orange, grapefruit, thyme and eucalyptus. If you don’t have any oil at hand, peel an orange. The scent of citrus oil that is released when you break the skin of an orange is like a burst of sunshine and makes you feel instantly uplifted.
Sort out your digestion. Bowel health is vital for energy because it ensures you are absorbing nutrients properly. Begin the day with a glass of warm water and the juice of half a lemon to help kick-start your digestion. Also, up your inulin intake –it’s a prebiotic fibre that gives us energy. Good food sources of inulin include onions, garlic, leeks, bananas, artichokes and asparagus; simply add 2 servings per day to your diet. Feeling really drained? Grab a cinnamon stick; just a whiff of this spice will reduce fatigue and make you feel more alert. Or tap your head for an instant pick-me. Try tapping firmly all over the top of your head with your fingertips, using whatever speed suits you best. You will feel tingly and it will give you an immediate energy lift.
Make sure you sip enough water throughout the day as being dehydrated can make you feel sluggish–you should drink six to eight glasses. Watch how much alcohol you are drinking, as it can make you feel run down. Alcohol depletes your sugar levels and makes you feel drowsy.
On the home front, clear out the clutter – organising your belongings lifts your energy and allows for clearer thinking. Try to surround yourself with warm, vibrant colours, such as red or orange for a real tonic. Warm colours will stimulate and lift you.
These are just some fatigue fighters to try – and kiss tiredness goodbye for good!