Like the beginning of any new school year most of us are trying to get back into a routine of juggling school, extracurricular activities, work, friends, the gym, and of course squeezing in sleep whenever we can. This task can be very draining and tiresome. Here are some tips to keep you energized this semester.
• Eat breakfast.
Eating a breakfast high in fiber and protein gets your metabolism up and going for the day. The importance of fiber at breakfast time is that it slows the digestion of your breakfast through out the morning keeping your blood sugar level steady which in turn helps fight fatigue. * Try to avoid eating a breakfast that contains a significant amount of sugar, this can cause fatigue and irritability.
• Sip You’re Caffeine Slowly.
Whether it’s a cup of tea, latte, or coffee, sip slowly through out the day. Experts say small dosages of caffeine distributed through out the day show to have a higher impact on keeping you focused and alert longer than downing a cup in a short period of time. This is because when you drink your coffee quickly it causes a spike of caffeine in your blood stream followed by an even larger crash, however when distributed slowly your body remains energized for a longer period of time.
Beat the afternoon slump by stretching. Stretching brings oxygen and increases blood flow to your lungs and muscles, leaving you feeling refreshed and reenergized. Try an quick yoga routine or simply stand up and stretch at your desk.
• Mint is Not Only a Breath Saver.
Try breathing in the scent of peppermint. Peppermint has shown to be a natural pick me up, one study has shown that mint stimulates the part of your brain that is responsible for attention and arousal. Use a peppermint scented body lotion, or simply chew some peppermint gum.
Of course a balanced diet, adequate sleep (at least 7-8 hours a night), and exercising (at least 30 minutes a day) are also essential for reaching your maximum energy, but sometimes that just isn’t possible!