Tired? Been up all night with the kids? Recovering from a cold or illness? Indulge in that donut earlier and starting to crash? Just been sapped by that energy-sucking vampire of a coworker? Got a case of the Monday’s?
It’s 3pm; we have a bunch of stuff to get done, and we’re dragging ass. Sometimes we just need a short-term boost to get us through the day or night.
Here are 10 natural and actually healthy ways to give us that little bump we need, when we need it most.
1) The 10-Minute Supercharger Paralyminal Audio CD (10 minutes)
This is the ultimate low energy mind hack. I have used the 10-Minute Supercharger at least 3 times a week for the last few years. It’s truly like nothing else I’ve ever seen (or actually heard).
The verbal script on the track is combination of guided meditation, hypnosis, and neuro-linguistic programming. This is layered with music and these special audio tones that automatically put your brain in meditative state.
Meditation or a power nap would likely be as effective, but with this CD problems like not being able to fall asleep, not being able to “shut off” our minds, or falling asleep for too long are avoided.
It is a guaranteed way to feel relaxed and rejuvenated in 10 minutes flat.
2) Short Burst of High Intensity Exercise (1-3 minutes)
Forcing ourselves to do a sprint or jump in place for a minute can be almost impossible when we’re feeling worn out or tired, but it is probably the most effective thing we can do to wake up.
You don’t need to do a full workout or anything, just do any activity to get your heart rate and breathing up. You can even stop before you get all sweaty.
3) Acupressure – Jam Your Knuckle into RenZhong (30 seconds)
One of the indications for this acupuncture/acupressure point is to bring people out of comas. While I haven’t had the chance to try that, I have instantly revived four people that have fainted with some firm pressure.
If this point is strong enough to wake you from unconsciousness, imagine what it can do for you when you are just feeling a little tired.
This point is located directly below the nose where it meets the face on the midline (just above the upper lip). You should use the knuckle of your index finger to apply firm pressure for about 15-30 seconds.
The nice thing about this technique is that it can be done anytime, with no equipment, and pretty inconspicuously.
4) Sun Gazing (1-2 minutes)
Looking into bright light activates the pineal gland in the brain which influences our sleeping and waking patterns. The spectrum of light associated with the sun seems to have the greatest effect to wake us up and make us feel good.
While there are supposedly methods to safely look at the sun, I don’t recommend it. Solar retinopathy is a real thing and can cause permanent damage to the eyes.
The best (and safest) way to gaze, is to look just to the side of the sun where you feel like you have to squint. In addition to waking you up, it’s a great way to boost your mood.
5) XE Natural Energy Drink (1 minute)
I tried a Red Bull once and besides it being disgusting, I felt super jittery and cracked out for about an hour followed by a horrible energy crash.
The other problem with these energy drinks is they are loaded with all kinds of awful stuff like high-fructose corn syrup and other refined sugars, harsh stimulants, and artificial colors and flavors.
As far as I know, XE is the only healthy energy drink. It’s loaded with high-antioxidant super fruits and natural energy boosters. It doesn’t jack you up either, just a constant natural feeling of energy for at least a few hours with no crash.
This drink is what got me through the biggest construction project of my life. My wife and I built a house from the ground up one summer working 10-12 hour days, 7 days a week. I honestly don’t think we could have finished that project before winter without our afternoon XE’s.
6) Cold Shower (5-10 minutes)
This is absolutely my least favorite thing to do. I hate the initial shock involved. But, it is also super effective. A few minutes in a cold shower will wake you up and invigorate you better than caffeine any day.
Note: Cold showers may even have a whole host of other beneficial effects including weight loss, enhanced immunity, improved stress tolerance, and more.
7) Sun Salutations or the 10 Exercises Quick Set (5 minutes)
Some yoga Sun Salutations or my favorite, The 10 Exercises Quick Set, are the perfect way to gently get you going. These routines were crafted over hundreds of years for the specific purpose of helping you wake up and feel energized.
If you are not familiar with Sun Salutations, you can find instructions at almost all yoga classes and online.
8) Scream! (30 seconds – 1 minute)
I don’t know what it is, but there is something invigorating about screaming at the top of your lungs. This exercise is best done in the car by yourself and a great way to combat road fatigue.
9) Bulletproof Coffee (5-10 minutes for preparation and consumption)
This special elixir is a combination of mold-free coffee (apparently a lot of coffee has mold), grass-fed butter, and MCT oil (you can also use coconut oil).
Despite being a Bulletproof fanboy, the thought of large portions of butter and MCT/coconut oil mixed with coffee sounded horrible. I was also a little skeptical about the purported energy benefits so I never tried it.
Then, a couple weeks ago I got wicked cold. While I recovered quickly from the symptoms, I was pretty beat down energetically. Facing a full 8 hours of treating patients and no XE here in Mexico, I decided to give Bulletproof Coffee a try.
Turns out this stuff is amazing. I don’t usually like the way coffee makes me feel, but this brew is a whole different animal. It actually tastes good, it makes you feel like a million bucks, there are no jitters or crashes, and you can actually use it in place of a meal.
10) Get Your Groove On (3-10 minutes)
Yep, shake that booty. Dancing is the best way to engage both your brain and your body. It’s also a great way to battle stress. Put on your favorite funky fun song and get moving. Add some singing and you get an A+
Got a natural and healthy “Mother’s Little Helper?” Leave your suggestions below to help us all get through days when we need it most!
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