No sooner than the clocks go back and the mercury dips, it suddenly becomes much harder to muster the energy we need to bounce out of bed. While it can be tempting to reach for the snooze button or ply your system with caffeine, there are much kinder ways to boost your energy levels. From revamping your workout routine to giving your mood a makeover, think of our tips as preventative measures rather than cures. You’ll probably find the sooner you install these healthy habits, the better and brighter you’ll feel.
De-clutter your day
Research suggests that clutter in our personal environment can be mentally distracting and overwhelming – draining your energy levels. Sorting your stuff out as winter arrives will therefore help you feel calmer and more in control, contributing to better energy levels. After all, they do say ‘tidy desk, tidy mind!’
A digital declutter is also a good idea – why not try switching your phone, email and instant messaging off for at least an hour each day. This will help to give your mind a spot of much-needed ‘me’ time, helping you to decompress from a digital overload.
Daily stress can cause our muscles to tighten which can leave you feeling tense. Whether it’s through Yoga, Pilates, or simply taking some time out at home, stretching regularly can help to reduce stress, improve flexibility and boost circulation by increasing blood supply to your muscles. Holistic practices also give your mind space to breathe – time alone with your thoughts can leave you feeling calmer, collected and more in tune with yourself.
Boost your breakfast
During the warmer months, your body uses the sun as a source vitamin D, yet as they days become shorter, your body finds this vitamin harder to attain. The easiest way to up your intake in winter is through your diet. A warm, hearty breakfast like an omelette with salmon and mushrooms not only sets you up for the day, but is also an easy way to make sure you get your daily dose of vitamin D.
Investing in a winter scent is by far the quickest, easiest and most enjoyable way to feel more energised. This is because our sense of smell is directly connected to emotions and memories. Opting for the right fragrance can therefore help to overcome the winter blues and ease tension in the body. Zesty citrus is an instant mood enhancer – try our Botanical Essence™ No.1, while soothing aromas like lavender or chamomile can help to ease mental stress, and spicy scents like those found in Botanical Essence™ No.15 can to help to boost energy levels.
Energise your workout
While the thought of cold, wet weather can often deter us from working out, those who partake in a regular dose of exercise are likely to find that they will generally wake up feeling more energised than those who don’t. Raising your heart rate regularly also encourages a good night’s sleep and can help to diffuse feelings of stress or tension. If you find exercising in the dark a bit of a chore, then try to be active during hours of daylight. Aim to include a run, swim or gym session first thing in the morning as it guarantees a workout, yet still allows you to have time in the evenings to relax.
We do hope you find our tips useful. Here’s to feeling wonderful this winter!
The Liz Earle Team x