Fatigue, exhaustion, daytime sleepiness these are a fact of life for far too many of us. The reasons behind these feelings are countless, but that doesnt mean you have to suffer.
Thankfully, science has your back, and you can use knowledge gleaned from scientific studies to help yourself get a natural energy boost anytime you need it.
Here are some of the top scientifically proven ways to increase your energy levels, naturally:
1. Go outside
According to a study published by the University of Rochester, getting outdoors increases vitality and energy. (1) Richard Ryan, lead author and professor of psychology at the University of Rochester weighs in on this: Nature is fuel for the soul, he said. Often, when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature.
2. Grab a cup of coffee
Coffee isnt always the bad guy. A study published in the research journal Psychopharmacology revealed that just one cup of coffee with 80 mg of caffeine could be enough to help drivers stay awake at the wheel. (2)
3. Enjoy a hearty laugh
Are you interested in an energy-booster than has the added benefit of increasing your happiness? Find things to laugh about. Science says so! According to a study by the University of Nebraska about the impact of humor on humans, it was demonstrated that laughter definitely increases energy. (3) If you hit the common and dreaded mid-afternoon energy slump, instead of reaching for a sugary snack, head over to YouTube and get your daily dose of laughter from the endless viral funny videos featured every day.
4. Give lemon-scented aromatherapy a try
Refreshing scents have many mood benefits, according to proponents of aromatherapy. They can thank science for agreeing, as a study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology showed that sniffing the scent of lemons (considered a stimulant), can enhance your energy and mood. (4)
5. Play your favorite music
We all know how hearing a favorite song can make us feel good, but it can also have a positive effect on our energy levels. If you can make some music yourself, even better! According to a study from Sam Houston State University, participants tiredness levels decreased significantly after keyboard playing. They concluded that engaging in musical experience makes individuals more energetic and less tired. (5) So bust out that air guitar and have yourself a mini-jam session to break through your energy slump!
If you are desperate for a quick burst of energy put down that soda, head outside, grab a small coffee from your favorite cafe, find something funny to laugh about, buy some lemons at the supermarket, and crank up your favorite songs (preferably not in the produce aisle, unless you are wearing headphones!).
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