Like everyone else in the world, you are busy. Between meetings, car pool runs, the course you are taking on Saturdays, hitting the grocery to pick up the one item you left out of your list, returning merchandise, filling up gas, meeting a girlfriend for a drink, you are always pressed for time and feel exhausted even in the middle of the day. My first suggestion would be to cut down the busyness of your life but that may not always be possible. Believe me, I know. I am a homeschooling single parent with a full time career and two dogs. Here are five ways to recharge that work for me. Just in five minutes, you can breathe fresh vigor into your day.
1. Physical exercise: Take a walk around the block or do a couple of jumping jacks, or just walk around your office. Do something to wake up your body. This is especially helpful if you have a sedentary job and stuck in an office. I am a big advocate of standing desks which allows you to move more than a traditional desks. It is very easy to convert your traditional desk into a standing desk.
2. Breathing exercise: Kabala Bhati, a Pranayama variation is an instant pick-me up/rejuvenating exercise. Adriene in Yoga with Adriene offers an excellent lesson on her youtube channel. If you have a blocked nose, do not do Kabala Bhati and instead do regular Pranyama or Nadhi Shodhana, the single nostril breathing variation.
3. Drink green vegetable juice or smoothie. Keep this on hand chilled. It acts like a tsunami of energy. Juice cabbage, kale or spinach with celery and lemons. You can keep the juice in the fridge for 24 to 72 hours depending on the type of juicer you use. Or you can just use a blender and make it fresh. I have used both Breville and Omega and like them for different reasons. For blenders, I think preferred ones are Vitamix on the upper end and Nutribullet and Nutri Ninja on the lower end of the price spectrum.
4. Laugh for five to ten minutes. Laughter therapy has a number of health benefits including stress reduction, lowered pain, better sleep, and boosts immunity. This is something you can do with a friend too, thus spreading positive emotions. Watch a funny movie clip, keep a book of jokes by your desk, or keep a journal of funny things that happened to you.
5. Maintain a gratitude list. Being grateful for what you have will boost your energy levels because gratitude removes emotional toxins, enhances empathy and reduces aggression, and increases self esteem. So for a quick shot of energy, take a Post-it and write down what you are grateful for.
And here’s a bonus. Massage both your feet with in circular motion for five minutes. When you do that you will realize how long five minutes are and how much you can do in that little time. Bonus is better circulation and a little self-care.