As we all know, writing burns up a lot of brain cells. Since it’s important for us to keep our focus and concentration throughout the day, I’m always on the lookout for easy energy boosters that we can incorporate into our daily routines. Here are a few I’ve just come
across that can help us all stay energized and ready for action:*
Pop some pumpkin or sunflower seeds: These little powerhouses pack a lot of punch when it comes to fighting fatigue. Pumpkin seeds are a top source of magnesium, which keeps our hearts healthy and nervous system humming. Snacking on ¼ of a cup daily will help keep your energy up. The same goes for sunflower seeds: Just a handful (about 2 ounces) provides a full day’s dose of Vitamin E and absorbing this powerful nutrient from a food source like seeds boosts both your energy and endurance.
Stretch and snap back: Research shows that taking a few minutes each afternoon to squeeze your shoulder blades together, stretch your arms and legs, and roll your head from side to side several times raises your heart rate, loosens up your muscles, and improves your blood flow — all of which increase your energy.
Snack smartly: Eating every three hours can help keep your body fueled and your level of concentration high. Energizing between-meal snacks that can give your body and mind a boost include: nuts, dried fruit, and roasted soybeans or chickpeas.
Take C for stamina: Vitamin C is essential for breaking food down into fuel to nourish our cells. Research shows that eating an orange a day or taking 500 mg. of vitamin C in supplement form can lead to a noticeable increase in energy over time.
Sniff some peppermint or rosemary oil: This is one of my favorite energy tips because it’s so easy — and it works quickly — at least for me. Just keep a small bottle of essential peppermint or rosemary oil (you can find them at health-food or natural cosmetic
stores) near your desk. When you feel your energy flagging, take a few sniffs: It’s relaxing and reviving at the same time. And if you’re feeling tense or anxious about your work, a whiff of lavender oil can be calming and restorative
So soothed, energized, and enlivened, let’s all write on!