Back at work but struggling with flagging concentration and energy levels? Most people have experienced those first-week-back-at-work blues. If you’re nodding your head, albeit sleepily, we recommend kickstarting your enthusiasm with some natural energy boosters.

Post-holiday fatigue is real, there’s no denying it. These seven natural energy boosters will help skyrocket your lust for life:

1. Start the day with some exercise

Swim a few laps in the pool, take an early-morning run (or step outside, whether in your garden or on the balcony) and do some on-the-spot jogging and body stretches. Exercising definitely activates those endorphins, leaving you feeling more energetic and productive. It’s sometimes difficult to achieve, we know, but the long-term benefits are great.

2. Get sufficient sleep

My gran used to say, ‘An hour’s sleep before midnight is worth two hours after’. Try going to bed an hour earlier. Getting a full night’s sleep makes a huge difference to energy and productivity levels. Gran was a wise woman!

3. Make a list

List the things you need to think about on your first day back at work. It’s difficult when you’re an office employee, but it’s worth giving some thought to what you’ll be doing on your first day – from ideas for generating income to planning how you can work ‘smarter, not more’. (Don’t do this on the night before your return, however, as it’ll probably keep you awake.)

4. Plan something to look forward to

Start arranging a mid-year break, book for an event or course you’ve been longing to attend, plan a party – it’ll give you something exciting to look forward to.

5. Meditate

Take a five-minute break to inhale and exhale deeply or head outdoors for a walk. Studies show that breathing in fresh air can help relax the nervous system and re-energise the brain, improving focus and productivity.

6. Foods that are energy boosters

  • Raw, unsalted nuts
  • Natural yoghurt with probiotics, which help gut health and allow you to get the most of the food you consume, helping to fight fatigue
  • Omega 3-rich salmon
  • Mushrooms, rich in iron
  • Spinach, high in iron, energy-enhancing magnesium and potassium, which helps regulate digestion and nerve and muscle function
  • Magnesium-loaded pumpkin seeds
  • Sweet potatoes – they contain carbohydrates, iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin D
  • Eggs
  • Fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, as always
  • Water, and more water

7. Useful energy-boosting supplements

  • Siberian ginseng.
    Used medicinally for at least two thousand years, this adaptogen normalises body functions, stimulates the immune system to fend off the effects of stress and exhaustion, and is a great energy booster. Athletes worldwide use extracts of the herb when training to boost their performance and immune system. Siberian ginseng also targets viral infections such as chronic fatigue syndrome, and helps the liver to detoxify toxins. Get your full-potency Flora Force Siberian Ginseng capsules from Faithful To Nature
  • Bee pollen is an energy booster that improves strength too. According to US natural health practitioner Dr Joseph Mercola, bee pollen corrects the deficiencies and imbalances common in modern-day nutrition. He adds, ‘The British Sports Council recorded increases in strength of as high as 40 to 50 percent in those [athletes] taking bee pollen regularly.’ Bee pollen contains no fewer than 22 amino acids and 18 enzymes (to aid digestion and other bodily functions), 27 minerals and at least 16 vitamins, natural antibiotic agents, glucosides (sources of energy) and plant hormones.
  • Royal jelly, secreted by honeybees to feed larvae and the adult queen, is rich in B-complex and other vitamins as well as minerals, hormones, enzymes, amino acids and natural antibacterial and antibiotic compounds. Used for a host of health conditions, it also stimulates the immune system and is an energy booster.
  • Gotu kola acts as a nerve tonic to alleviate fatigue and depression without the stimulating effects of caffeine. It also helps improve sleep at night. Try Flora Force Gotu Kola capsules at Faithful To Nature
  • Spicy Cayenne boosts energy by improving the circulation. It also strengthens the heart and blood vessels, improves digestion and helps reduce pain and inflammation. That’s bound to make you feel more alive! Flora Force Cayenne capsules and Turmerynne capsules are great sources – get it from Faithful To Nature.
  • Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and carotenoids (anti-oxidants that can help protect cells from damage). Spirulina is an excellent energy booster.
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CAUTION

Consult your health practitioner before taking any herbal supplements.
Always consult your health practitioner before taking any herbal supplements, especially if you are taking other medication.

Acknowledgements & Photo credits

Article compiled for Flora Force by Judy Beyer.

References

  1. 9 tips to boost your energy – naturally. Harvard Health School. Harvard Health Publications; 2006. http://www.health.harvard.edu/energy-and-fatigue/9-tips-to-boost-your-energy-naturally
  2. Cook, M.S. Seven natural energy boosters. www.care2.com/greenliving/7-natural-energy-boosters.html/
  3. Mercola, J. The use of bee pollen as a superfood. www.mercola.com/article/diet/bee_pollen.htm
  4. Morita, H. et al. Effect of royal jelly ingestion for six months on healthy volunteers. Nutrition Journal; 2012,11:77
  5. Natural Standard Research Collaboration. Siberian ginseng: A review of the literature. Natural Medicine Journal. http://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2012-03/siberian-ginseng-review-literature

Photo credits

  1. Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures / Pixabay.com