BOOST YOUR ENERGY
Do what you love without wearing out.
WATER DOWN STRESS Turn off Tidal and listen to actual tides. The journal Health Environments Research reports that people who listened to the sound of ocean waves began to calm down within just seven minutes. It’s all about the “biophilia hypothesis,” or the idea that human survival instincts are bound to natural surroundings because that’s the environment in which we evolved. Download an app like Ocean Wave Sounds for Sleep and Relaxation (free, iTunes).
HACK YOUR HORMONES Hormones can energise or exhaust you. For instance, testosterone helps you build muscle; chronic excess cortisol, a stress hormone, is linked to burnout. But working out for 40 minutes four mornings a week can raise your T-levels and reduce cortisol, a study suggests. Jog in place and do jumping jacks for a minute each; then walk for three minutes. Next, walk briskly for three minutes and run for two. Then do 3 sets of 10 reps each of front kicks, high knees, and lunges with 20 seconds of rest in between. Follow with three sets of 12 reps each of squats, push-ups, bridges and situps with 30-second rests. Stretch for five minutes.
STICK IT TO ALLERGIES Call an acupuncturist. Needling might relieve persistent, energy-sapping allergies by tamping down overactive immune responses. For best results, have 12 treatments – two or three a week, suggests John McDonald, of Australia’s Griffith University School of Medicine.