Some ways to boost energy and be more productive

Regular responsibilities and stress have a negative impact on energy levels.

For most of us, feeling tired is an everyday symptom.

Approximately two-thirds of Americans reach for a cup of coffee to stay alert and get through the day. Caffeine can provide that energy boost but often leads to a sudden crash. There are better and healthier ways to keep alert. It’s a good idea to avoid the people and situations that bring us down. Everybody knows someone who is always complaining. Their negative energy directly impacts your own productivity. Spend more time with friends, family members or coworkers who are upbeat, smiling and positive. You’ll feed off their high energy levels. If possible, try to take time out for meditation. Find a quiet spot, lay out your mat and clear your head. Think positive thoughts for just twenty minutes. Research has shown that meditation increases cognitive function and energy levels. It’s always tempting to spend breaks from work drinking coffee, checking Instagram or searching the web. It’s much better to take those opportunities to detach and stretch the muscles. Even ten minutes makes a significant difference. You’ll perform far more efficiently and feel better. While a trip to the gym and at least thirty minutes of vigorous exercise per day is always recommended, it isn’t always possible. However, you can take a few minutes to go for a walk outside. If the weather has you trapped inside, there’s always the stairs. Walk up and down the stairs, and you’ll feel more energized afterward. When you get back to your desk, reach for water instead of coffee. Dehydration causes feelings of fatigue and exhaustion.

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