Supreme Energy — this name was emblazoned on a truck on the road in front of me. It was probably an air conditioning company, but I prefer the better story: It’s a truck filled with Supreme Energy that I can tap into to give myself a boost. Just kidding! Would be nice, though.
Well, I may not be able to deliver a dose of Supreme Energy to you, but I do have some tips* for energizing yourself throughout the day:
Give a nod to nutmeg: Adding a few sprinkles of this savory spice in your morning coffee can give a quick boost to your performance via unique phytonutrients. Nutmeg jump starts the output of energizing brain chemicals that increase alertness, concentration, and happiness within 10 minutes.
Brainstorm to boost mental energy: If you’re feeling a bit tapped out mentally, here’s a surprising antidote: Think more, not less. Princeton University researchers have found that when you’re tired, taking a few minutes to brainstorm an idea on any topic — from how to save money to where to go on vacation — can instantly make you more alert and awake. Why? Brainstorming unleashes a cascade of excitement
-inducing brain chemicals that contribute to a second wind.
Have some hummus: If you’re feeling a touch of drowsiness in mid-afternoon, you can send that foggy feeling packing by eating a protein-rich snack like hummus or a hard-boiled egg. The amino acids in protein energizes brain cells, making you feel more alert than a sweet snack would.
Ramp up your rays: If your energy starts flagging in the late afternoon — say 3 or 4 PM, there’s a simple strategy for beating the blahs: Open your window shades or take a short walk in the sunshine. Just 10 minutes of sunlight cam amp up your alertness for more than an hour afterward — nearly the same result that you’d get from an
afternoon nap. What’s going on? Sunlight blocks the effect of a sleep-inducing brain chemical that tends to build up as the day advances.
Energized and enlightened, let’s all write on!
* These helpful hints for keeping yourself in high gear are from Woman’s World magazine.