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Boost your energy
Holistic pick-me-ups

Tired all the time?

We all have the occasional periods of low energy or fatigue, but when every day is a struggle, no matter how much sleep you get, give your healthcare provider a call. He or she can help you determine whether you have a more serious physical or psychological condition, such as anemia, thyroid problems, insomnia or depression, or whether your medications are to blame (some allergy drugs, antidepressants and blood pressure pills can cause excessive sleepiness).

You’re utterly exhausted and still have a full to-do list to get through. Rather than reach for another cup of coffee, try some holistic healing, which focuses on the whole person—not just the part of you that’s not feeling well. Here are five whole-body ways to recharge your batteries and boost your energy:

Get moving. It’s the last thing you feel like doing when you’re wiped out, but physical activity can wake you up and improve your mood. Even a 10- or 15-minute walk will help you power through the rest of your day. Bonus: Exercise can also reduce stress, keep blood pressure and cholesterol in check and help you maintain a healthy weight. Aim for at least 30 minutes a day most days of the week.

Eat breakfast. It’s tempting to skip your morning meal, especially when you’re in a rush, but a healthy breakfast refuels your body and jump-starts your day. There’s even evidence that eating in the a.m. can improve productivity and concentration and help with weight control. Ward off midday fatigue with a bowl of oatmeal or high-fiber, low-sugar cereal or a fruit smoothie (toss frozen fruit, low-fat yogurt and juice in the blender for a few seconds).

Lighten up! Laughing quickens your pulse, stimulates blood circulation, increases oxygen intake and activates your muscles. Studies show that laughter also boosts levels of endorphins, your body’s “feel-good” hormones. So when you feel like you’re about to crash, give a funny friend a call or check out an amusing video online.

Snack wisely. Avoid sugary snacks—they’ll make you sleepy. Instead, opt for foods with a good balance of carbohydrates and protein, which can help maintain blood sugar levels and boost energy throughout the day. Try low-fat yogurt topped with cereal, whole-wheat crackers with cheese or half a peanut butter sandwich on whole-wheat bread.

Seek calm. It may be stress that’s sapping your energy. Ease your tension—and get energized—with alternative therapies such as aromatherapy, biofeedback or massage.


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