Tuesday, November 6, 2012

10 Ways to Get Energy Flowing

The Afternoon Slump, do you know it?

Some days it seems like after lunch I'm more or less done being productive. This is an unsatisfactory situation; I have stuff to do.

Happily, I have some strategies to start getting my energy flowing again. Then I can get back to work, or writing blog posts!


10 Ways to Get Energy Flowing
  • Drink some water -- this is a fix for everything really.
  • Put on some upbeat music.
  • Stretch and move. Back bends and hip wiggles are particularly effective for creating energy.
  • Turn on a fan. This literally creates movement in the space around you.
  • Run water for a minute. Again creates movement.
  • Open the shades or, if possible, a window. If it's getting dark in your work space, turn on some lights, preferably ambient lights like lamps.
  • Smell some essential oils -- rosemary, peppermint, ginger, and citrus smells always help me feel focused and energetic.
  • Drink some tea: green, citrus, peppermint,  or rooibos would all be good.
  • Go outside for a minute.
  • Eat some fruit or crunchy vegetables.

What do you do to stir up energy when you're feeling slumpish?

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