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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Energy Boost III

Here are some very simple tricks to beat down your fatigue and muster up some energy. Okay, I admit; the last one may take a little effort on your part, but you will be better off for it.

Wear red.
On days when you're feeling sluggish, try wearing a colorful sweater or scarf for an immediate pick-me-up. Studies indicate that color has a huge impact on energy level. Red, in particular, has been shown to improve mood and alertness.

Pop a peppermint.
The scent of peppermint decreases fatigue by up to 25 percent, according to researchers at Wheeling Jesuit University, in W. Va. Keep a bowl of peppermints on your desk to get you through the late-afternoon slump; or light a peppermint-scented candle, and let the invigorating aroma help you keep from dozing off while finishing those expense reports.

Have a good laugh.
Giggle, guffaw, chuckle, snicker, chortle – no matter what you call it, laughing is good for your health. It reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, elevates mood and boosts the immune system. The next time you need a burst of energy, try reading the comics, watching a funny movie or viewing stand-up comedy clips online. Dr. Orloff also recommends connecting with others who share a zest for life and a great sense of humor.

"Laughter is contagious," she says. "It increases endorphins, our body’s natural painkillers, and reduces our stress hormones. Laughter is good therapy."

Break a sweat.
Regular exercise is good for much more than just losing weight. The National Institutes of Health also promotes exercise as an effective way to gain energy. Aim for 30 minutes a day. Can't spare a half-hour? Research published in the journal Health Psychology found that 10 minutes of exercise can improve mood, increase energy and reduce feelings of fatigue.

The next time you're dragging, walk around the block, go for a short bike ride or swim a few laps in the pool. The energy boost you get from exercise will be far more effective than the short-term effects of caffeine or sugar.

Well, I finally started back on the treadmill again and felt so much better after walking a mile. I intend to keep it up, because I am tired of constantly feeling tired.

When you are physically exercising, it not only increases your stamina, energy and overall feeling of well being, it also enhances your mental and emotional coping skills. Problems do not appear to be so much drama and trauma, as they would seem to be when you are tired. You are more likely to tackle and solve them.

Being able to cope easier will also encourage the desire and willingness to help someone in need. Whether we like to admit and accept it or not, we all need help in some form or another. God always provides; sometimes His help is given through others.

We never know when or how God will use us. Therefore, it is good to walk an extra mile, to be ready to go the extra mile. :-)

Matthew 5:41
And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.


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