Energy Enliveners

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As we hit the end of the week, our attention can flag and makie it harder to focus. Here are a few simple tips to help you stay more alert and upbeat all day:

Nod at nutmeg: Unique nutrients in this savory spice can rev up the output of energizing brain chemicals, boosting your alertness, concentration, and feelings well-being within 10 minutes. Why not add this brain booster to your coffee, morning smoothie, or afternoon yogurt?

Soak up sunshine: If your energy dips in the late afternoon, open your window shades or take a quick walk for 10 minutes. In a recent study, people who did this scored higher on alertness tests for up to an hour – nearly the same benefit a nap offers! Why? Sunlight blocks a sleep-inducing brain chemical that builds up in our body as the day wanes.

Pep up with protein: When a bout of fogginess or drowsiness hits, we tend to grab a sweet for a quick energy surge, but British scientists have a better plan: Eating a protein-rich afternoon snack – like hummus, or a hard-boiled egg — gives you a bigger energy boost than sweets. Protein-rich foods stimulate brain cells and make you more alert.

Goose your gray cells: Brainstorm! Princeton researchers have learned that tired workers who take a few moments to brainstorm an idea –- from how to organize a delivery to what to have for dinner — instantly become more alert. The brain loves to be challenged: Getting creative triggers a flood of excitement-inducing brain chemicals that can give you a second wind.

Writers, rev your engines! Alert and energized, let’s all 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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