Is getting through all you need to do in the day almost flattening you? The key to finding instant energy is to keep your batteries topped up.
Our favourite experts reveal their feel-good secrets, and not everything is about popping a pill:
Practice daily visualisations
If you know even a little about Ayurveda, you’ll know about chakras, the seven energy centres in the body. Chakras need to be refreshed to help us stay well balanced and boost energy levels.
Reiki practitioner, Mary Lambert and author of Natural Highs For Body And Soul has a simple visualisation that works around the crown chakra at the top of the head…
- Sit cross-legged on a mat on the floor, with a straight spine. Close your eyes and breathe deeply from your diaphragm.
- Visualise a white light e
ntering your crown chakra at the top of your head; see it moving slowly through your body until it reaches your feet. Sit for a few minutes and feel the warmth of this healing energy.
- Now see the white light expanding and forming a protective band around you. Feel its power, then focus for a few minutes on your day ahead and slowly open your eyes.
Have a coffee
How do we get past that afternoon energy slump? Diet and exercise supremo Joanna Hall allows us a coffee (no kidding!) when we hit the afternoon drowsies. “My energy booster is a great treat – it tastes naughty, but has less than 210 kilojules and it makes a fabulous, energising treat mid-afternoon.”
For her Frothy Iced Mocha recipe, you’ll need:
- Two teaspoons of coffee granules dissolved in just over a cup (280ml) of warm water.
- One sachet of low-kilojoule hot chocolate powder (dissolved in a little warm water).
Two large handfuls of ice cubes.
- Put it all into a blender, whizz and enjoy!
Tap into your energy stores
Batteries flat? There are so many little moves that can charge them without hitting the health store or finding a therapist. Holistic therapist Annie Webb has some neat ideas that cost nothing.
Breathe deeply. This is an excellent way to soothe your system and boost your energy. Inhale through your nose for seven seconds. Hold your breath for four and exhale, slowly and evenly, blowing through your mouth for eight seconds.
Exercise more. Choose something that would be fun for you to do – anything from bouncing on a mini trampoline to walking in the park. Do it for at least 20 minutes and attempt to raise your heart rate. It’ll make you feel great!
Forget salads. Eat warm foods like soups and stews to nourish and tone up your stomach and spleen energy. Drink warm fluids like herbal teas too, but don’t drink with food. Leave 15 minutes either side of eating.
Spruce up your shower
Skincare guru Lisa Hoffman (aka Mrs Dustin Hoffman) knows how to kick-start the day: “I put a couple of drops of essential oil on my shower floor just upon entering. The scent makes my shower (even a quick one) feel like a spa.
I use a refreshing and energising oil, such as grapefruit in the morning. However busy my schedule, I find this really does help to lift my spirits.”