Writing can be mentally taxing. We all know that coming to the page feeling sharp is the best possible scenario, but staying focused over time is equally important. Just recently, I came across some simple energy boosting tips that I’m planning to take advantage of and wanted to share with you as well. These seem easy to introduce into our day:
Eat an apple: Apples offer a great combination of fiber and nutrients that provide a slow and steady source of energy. Along with being rich in fiber, apples — and pears — are also rich in quercitin, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation and may also lower blood pressure. So munching an apple is both energizing and healthful. Mom had it right: an apple a day really does keep the doctor away!
Munch on almonds: Need a quick pick-me-up? Then reach for a fistful of almonds. They’re a great source of magnesium and research shows that just 400 mg. of this mineral — about the amount in a handful of almonds — can cut fatigue by 90%!
Sip a cup of green tea: Research from the University of Nebraska shows that a cup of green tea gives you a boost, not just because it contains caffeine, but because it also has an amino acid, L-theanine, which promotes relaxation and helps reduce energy-draining anxiety. In addition, drinking fluids helps combat fatigue-producing dehydration.
Consider an herbal supplement: Recent studies show that taking 150 mg. of rhodiola rosea daily can relieve fatigue and increase concentration within two weeks because the herbs active ingredients boost the brain’s production of energizing neurotransmitters. Best to check with your doctor on this one.
Take stretch breaks: Getting up from your desk every hour or so for an energizing stretch boosts your heart rate, loosens tight muscles in your neck and back, and causes you to breathe more deeply, all of which help to increase the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout your body — including those little gray cells in your brain!
Open wide: If your energy seems to be dipping, try yawning: It forces you to breathe more deeply and pulls more oxygen into your lungs and bloodstream, which can be both revitalizing and calming.
Any energizing tips you use to make your writing day more productive? If so, I’d love to hear them! Write on.