Amping Up

We all know that writing demands a lot of mental energy and emotional stamina. Anything we can do to keep ourselves energized and stave off fatigue can help increase our creativity and productivity. Here are a few simple ideas gathered from Woman’s World, a great source of natural, energy-boosting tips:

Jumpstart your java: Sprinkling a little nutmeg in your coffee can help get your workday off to a great start by giving a quick pick-me-up to your alertness, ability to concentrate, and feeling of wellbeing. The source? Unique phytonutrients in nutmeg increase energizing brain chemicals and enhance mental sharpness. This smells and tastes great!

Snack smart: If you feel your energy starting to dip during the mid morning or mid afternoon, instead of grabbing a candy bar, opt for a protein-rich snack like a hard-boiled egg or hummus. British scientists have found that the amino acids in protein stimulate brain cells, making you more alert. The result? A bigger, longer-lasting energy boost than something sweet.

Brainstorming breaks: If you find during a work session that your mental energy seems to be flagging, instead of taking a break try thinking more instead of less. Researchers at Princeton have found that if you’re feeling tired you can rev up your mental energy by taking a few minutes to brainstorm an idea. What works? It can be anything from outlining a new project to pondering what to have for dinner. Brainstorming gives you a second wind by triggering the flow of excitement-inducing brain chemicals.

Soak up some sun: If you find your energy draining away at in the late afternoon, the best antidote for may be the simplest: Catch some rays for about 10 minutes. Sunlight defeats drowsiness by countering the effects of sleep-inducing chemicals that build up in your body as the day progresses. The positive impact on your alertness can be nearly the same as that of taking a nap.

Hope these tips are helpful. If you have any energy-boosting advice, please share it. And write on.

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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