Conquer Christmas Food Fatigue With These Natural Energy Boosters

Put down that energy drink...

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The human race has an incredible knack for overcomplicating everything. We cannot resist the easy way out despite quick fixes generally leading to more work down the line where you inevitably find yourself back at square one with déjà vu - no bueno.

Understandably, nobody is lunging at the opportunity to invest maximum effort into every aspect of their life, especially after the holidays. Between early starts, late nights, social commitments, family, groceries and maintaining sanity we are forever running on reserve, which is why an energy-boosting drink can resemble a modern fairy godmother. 

Yet, the truth behind our cloudy, tired judgement reveals that such fuel promoting snacks generate an even greater energy crash given their excessive sugar content - but this is not new information. A true, adulting style movement is in order where, as opposed to sailing ourselves down the river of poor decisions and regret we become smarter with our choices.

Health can be tricky and it's even more difficult to know where to start, but it is the one subject not worth cutting corners for. Keeping it simple, here are a few natural ways to boost energy, mood and productivity all in time for Virgo season.

Exercise (OF ANY KIND)

Cliché but true, you really don’t ever regret a workout. Exercise is a loose term so don’t feel like in order to get some movement into your day you need to climb a mountain (unless that’s your vibe). Also, ensure that your reasoning behind exercising is coming from a place of love for your body and not hate. If you regard working out as a form of punishment I think we all know how that love story is going to end. Working out is not a one size fits all activity, exercise is personal and it is important to prioritise what works best for you. For example, running is not for everybody but alternatively, HIIT, Boxfit and high incline walking all provide a similar pump and that good sweat. Equally, simply opting to walk or cycle as opposed to driving somewhere releases happy endorphins, boosts energy and helps the environment (bonus points for you). 

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Mental TLC

In the past few years, mental health has been pushed to the forefront through the realisation of how much power and control it withholds. Our minds can drive us into that dream CEO position we always believed was far fetched, or in a negative turn of events quash our chances and self-esteem. Similar to anything of a delicate nature the mind needs to be nurtured, cared for and maintained. Living in blissful ignorance of your mental health status could have you operating on false energy or feeling empty and lethargic.

Setting aside some time every day to develop a mental TLC ritual could revolutionise your life. Practising positivity and retraining your inner voice is an instant pick-me-up knowing you have someone on your side. Journaling, exercising gratitude and meditation are also incredible therapeutic methods of mental TLC, you have total creative control.

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Keep Clean

Refusing to indulge in the phrase, but it is true what they say about a tidy house (you know what I mean). Your space reflects what is happening inside and a chaotic workspace or bedroom is not doing your body any favours. Clutter and mess induce stress and promote exhaustion with little space to breathe and gather your thoughts.

Also, endlessly searching for items among carnage is undoubtedly life’s most soul-destroying and time-wasting tasks. Cleanliness is as simple as washing up, picking up the clothes sprawled across the floor or making your bed. In fact, making your bed in the morning is viewed as one job already done before you have even left your house, setting you up for an energised and productive day. 

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