Sometimes you just need a little jolt of energy, whether it's to help get you moving in the morning or to power you through the final hours of the workday. The problem is we too often reach for the wrong pick-me-ups, says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic. "Some things, such as sugar, are energy loan sharks," he says. "They step on the gas pedal to make you go, but they don't put any gas in your tank to keep your energized." Case in point: If you guzzle an energy drink, which is packed with sugar, you'll get an insta-rush followed shortly by a crash. Instead of such faux fixes, you need things that'll nourish your body and help it produce energy on its own. Here are 10 easy ways to energize naturally.
Take a Mental Break
Numerous studies show that taking time out to give your brain and body a rest, especially during the workday, will boost your energy and make you more productive. All you need is a 10- to 20-minute break, says Teitelbaum. "Whether it's meditation, prayer, or listening to music, find a quiet space and do something that calms your mind and body." It can be in the morning before you get going, or midday when you're feeling tapped out.
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