Re­store your en­ergy lev­els

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BODY, MIND & SOUL - BY ELLEN WHYTE

WHEN you’ve had a cou­ple of bad days and are feel­ing down, there are a few things you can do to re­store your en­ergy lev­els. Here are some ideas.

Take a day off

Yup, burn one of your hol­i­day days. It feels sin­fully wicked to sit at the side of a to­tally empty pool or beach in the middle of the week. Treat your­self to some sun, a swim and a mas­sage. De­stress­ing is what it’s all about.

Go for a walk

It may not sound right, the wrong way round but sev­eral stud­ies have found that rather than sit­ting still, you should get up and mov­ing. It seems a brisk 10- minute walk in­creases your en­ergy lev­els for sev­eral hours.

How­ever, as th­ese stud­ies tend to be in cool coun­tries, you may want to opt for walk­ing in the mall rather than be­ing out in the mid­day sun.

Eat a big serv­ing of salad with lots of crunchy veg­eta­bles

If you are eat­ing a lot of pro­cessed food you can miss out on mi­cronu­tri­ents. This can lead to fa­tigue, low mood lev­els and health prob­lems. As such, make sure you fuel your body with a big bowl of light and dark green leaves topped up with bell pep­pers, mush­rooms, red cab­bage, wal­nuts, car­rot strips, horse­rad­ish and fresh herbs.

Go for six colours and you should be fine.

Go danc­ing

Lone­li­ness is a drain­ing con­di­tion. By danc­ing, you get your body mov­ing and it’s also a so­cial ac­tiv­ity. Plus, if you choose some­thing cheer­ful, the beat of the mu­sic will lift your spir­its. Busy clubs with loads of peo­ple can be a good place even if you go alone but if you have two left feet, or are shy, sign up for a class.

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