This time of year, it’s easy to get cooped up inside, lazing on the couch for way longer than we should. It’s cold and snowy and there’s a pandemic going on outside! And yet: We all know that getting up and getting out, even when it’s blustery outside, is good for us. Here are five easy ways to boost your energy and kickstart you back into action. 1. Drink some water. Dehydration is an instant energy-killer. Often, when you’re feeling sluggish, you’re actually just be thirsty. Try this: Drink a tall glass of water or two and see how you feel. Then, keep a carafe of water nearby so you can keep refilling your glass throughout the rest of the day. Read more: 5 Hacks to Maximize Hydration 2. Take some deep breaths. When you forget to take a few deep breaths throughout the day, you limit the amount of oxygen flowing through your body and to your brain — which, in turn, can affect your energy levels. The solution? Stop what you’re doing and take a few deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth, filling up your lungs each time. You’ll be surprised how much good it does. 3. Go for a walk — even if it’s cold out. Getting outside may be challenging when it’s cold outside, but it is one of the easiest ways to boost your energy. Fresh air has a way of getting your head moving and you’ll feel a lot more like yourself, even if you just take a quick 10-minute walk around the block. 4. Grab a healthy snack. Take a look at the clock and see how long it’s been since you last ate. Or simply take a second to listen to your stomach. Snacks like a banana with peanut butter, a handful of nuts, a hard-boiled egg, string cheese, or some veggies with hummus are naturally energy-boosting because they have a nice mix of protein, fat, and carbs to give you a much-needed jolt. 5. Try some energizing oils. Aromatherapy can be a powerful tool — and you don’t need to take a deep dive in order to reap the benefits. Keep a small bottle of energizing peppermint or eucalyptus by your desk. When you feel an energy drop, dab a drop or two on your wrist or neck or simply take a whiff straight from the bottle. Other great oils to try are orange, ginger, rosemary, and grapefruit.
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