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Feel bouncier than a tod­dler on a triple latte now that spring’s here

Women's Health Australia - - CONTENTS - By Tara Ali

Spring into spring with six sur­pris­ing en­ergy hacks that work ev­ery time

1 Turn up the vol­ume

Rea­son #29 to tap that ’90s R&B playlist on Spo­tify. Mu­sic can boost your pro­duc­tiv­ity, es­pe­cially at work, ac­cord­ing to the Uni­ver­sity of Mi­ami. Re­searchers found that those who lis­tened to tunes com­pleted tasks more quickly and came up with bet­ter ideas than those who didn’t, as the mu­sic im­proved their mood. Play on!

2 Get on top

If you’re hav­ing a ‘meh’ day, do that task that keeps get­ting pushed to the bot­tom of your list. “Re­place saggy un­der­wear, fix your cracked phone screen or make a recipe that’s been on your ‘to try’ list,” says WH emotions ex­pert Alice Boyes. “Do­ing things you’ve been putting off helps you feel on top of life.” Go, girl.

3 Search ‘red top’ on ASOS

When we see the colour red, our re­ac­tions be­come faster and more force­ful, say sci­en­tists at the Uni­ver­sity of Rochester. “Red en­hances our phys­i­cal re­ac­tions be­cause it’s seen as a dan­ger cue,” says study co-au­thor An­drew Elliot.

4 Hit the herbal

Adap­to­genic herbs (a group of heal­ing plants) are trend­ing in the well­ness world for a rea­son: they can boost en­ergy and help you deal with stress. “Adap­to­gens sup­port the healthy func­tion­ing of your adrenal glands – the small glands just above your kid­neys that pro­duce stress hor­mones such as adren­a­line and cor­ti­sol,” says reg­is­tered nutritionist Kris­ten Beck. “Fa­mous herbs such as Siberian gin­seng, with­a­nia, licorice and ash­wa­gandha can be taken in teas and herbal tinc­tures.” Book in with a natur­opath for guid­ance.

5 Take a tea break

A se­cond cof­fee in the arvo can spell bad news for your sleep, so brew a tea in­stead. Re­search from the Uni­ver­sity of Ox­ford found that L-thea­nine – found in the high­est lev­els in green and white tea – gives a sig­nif­i­cant boost to your men­tal alert­ness and arousal. Win!

6 Go for­est bathing

The Ja­panese art of shin­rin-yoku or ‘for­est bathing’ – tak­ing slow, tran­quil walks through na­ture – has been linked to bet­ter moods, lower anx­i­ety and a de­crease in lev­els of the stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol, re­ports a team from Chiba Uni­ver­sity. Go on an easy bush­walk or pack an al­fresco pic­nic, and re­ally take in the sounds, smell and feel of your sur­round­ings. In­sta ad­dicts: re­sist the urge to ‘check in’ at the bush on so­cial me­dia! Zen, per­son­i­fied.

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