It happens to all of us. Daytime fatigue. We get slammed at different times. Some people have trouble “getting started” in the morning. Others get hit with post-lunch lethargy. Or there’s that chunk of time after 3pm when you know you still have a lot of the day ahead of you. If you drink coffee it will be hard to fall asleep that night. What can we do about our daytime fatigue? Here are my top 3 (non-caffeinated) suggestions to quickly clear away that foggy snail feeling when it hits you.
- 2 MINUTES OF LARGE MUSCLE GROUP MOVEMENTS Remember doing jumping jacks in P.E. class in school? How about jumping rope? 2 minutes is just enough time to get your heart moving faster, which gets more oxygen to your brain and makes you feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Why do these particular movements work? Because moving your limbs means you have to work your large muscle groups in the thigh and shoulder areas. Moving larger muscles means your heart has to work harder than moving smaller muscle groups (like using your fingers to type). And you won’t need to shower afterward – 2 minutes won’t get you sweaty!
- LEMON AND CAYENNE PROBIOTIC DRINK I wish I got paid for endorsements, but I don’t. For now, I’m recommending this product because it is damn good. It was introduced to me by my friend and fantastic nutrition coach, Jennifer Murata. KeVita brand makes a carbonated, non-dairy probiotic drink in lemon and cayenne flavor (they make other flavors, too). The reason I’m recommending this flavor for fatigue is because you will feel the zing of the lemon and cayenne. You will want to use a straw. It will also make your breath lovely. Don’t drink this flavor if you struggle with heartburn.
- BREATHING TECHNIQUE Inhale to the count of 4 and then exhale to the count of 8. You can adjust the numbers if you like, but make the exhale twice as long as the inhale. Take this breath 5 – 7 times. Feel your face relax and your shoulders drop down away from your ears. Close your eyes and listen for the sounds that you hear. Focus on your breath. I know it isn’t as good as a nap, but many people don’t like napping and most Americans aren’t able to nap during the day anyway. That doesn’t mean your eyes don’t need rest! This breathing technique allows your eyes to rest while cycling fresh anti-stress hormones and oxygen to your brain and bloodstream. While you may not feel like running a marathon after this, you should feel a nicer sense of sustained calm and peaceful energy.