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