You’re exhausted. But you don’t have to be.
If you’re waking up each morning feeling that you need another three night’s worth of sleep just to get through the day, you’re not alone. According to one survey, the average person crams in 44% more social occasions into December than in a regular month. So no wonder you’re tired.
But other than sleeping more if you can manage it, drinking more water to feel more awake, and generally praying for a good old-fashioned night in (potentially unrealistic at this time of year) – is there anything we can do to put the spring back in our steps? Cue the ELEMIS energy plan to see you through to the end of 2015…
Step 1: Scent your life. The Japanese have long been wafting citrus scents through air ducts into offices in the knowledge that it perks people up. All you need do is get some lemon or bergamot essential oil and a small aromatherapy burner and fill your room with the smell of energy.
Step 2: Colour code your day. Colour psychologists know that the shades we see around us have an enormous effect on our mood. So ditch the black and put more vibrant colour in your wardrobe. If you’re in London, head to the Wellcome Collection for the extraordinary ‘yellowbluepink’ by artist Veronica Janssens. A room full of coloured mists, you can explore how the different colours on the spectrum make you feel.
Step 3: Breathe. When you wake up feeling more exhausted than when you went to bed, it can be hard to motivate yourself for the day ahead – and already, you’re in a negative frame of mind. So first thing in the morning, you need to get more oxygen pumping around your body. Practice yoga’s ‘camel ride’ movement posture to set you on a path to optimism and energy. Simply sit cross-legged with your hands on your knees. Inhale and breathe deeply into your belly as you open your chest upwards and outwards, curving your spine, and imagining yourself inhaling energy and hope. Exhale deeply as you round your spine, imagining yourself to be expelling tiredness and negativity. Continue for three to five minutes.
Step 4: Pack a protein punch. As tempting as it is to reach for the carbs, sweet treats, coffee and energy drinks for an energy fix– all of the above are short term solutions. Protein helps regulate blood sugar levels over a longer period – so you don’t succumb to that rollercoaster ride of energy. Think chicken, almonds, oily fish and eggs.
Step 5: Be kind to yourself. Putting yourself in the hands of a professional is sometimes the best way to recover that energy – and fast. A Freestyle Deep Tissue Massage by one of our ELEMIS experts is a fantastic way to lower stress levels, relieve aching muscles and stimulate your senses. Make time for a treatment once a month rather than waiting until you feel burnt out. Prevention is better than cure.
Now add these instant energisers into your daily routine:
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