Pep-ups when you’re down

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Body, Mind & Soul - Wellness -

WHEN you’ve had a bad cou­ple of 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

Take a day or two off. 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 sounds the wrong way round but sev­eral stud­ies have found that rather than sit­ting still, you should get up and get 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 mall walk­ing rather than be­ing out in the mid day sun.

Eat a mas­sive salad with lots of crunchy veg­eta­bles

If you’re 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 very drain­ing con­di­tion. By go­ing danc­ing you get your body mov­ing and it’s also so­cial. Plus, if you choose some­thing cheer­ful, the beat of the mu­sic will lift your spir­its.

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