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How to Boost Your Energy

Article by Dr Lynda Shaw

As the nights draw in and it all starts to get a little bit dreary, we can find it a bit difficult to muster up the energy that we were so full of in the summer months.tips for boosting energy image

For many of us, mornings are a particularly difficult time of day, especially when it is dark outside so it can be hard to motivate yourself to jump out of bed. Brightening up your bedroom can have a psychological effect on how you feel. Try and counteract the lack of natural light in the mornings by making your bedroom feel brighter, lighter, warmer and more inviting to have a positive effect on your mood and energy levels.

One of the biggest drains on my energy levels is when I have spent too much time alone because I am a very social person – but similarly, spending too much time in the company of other people does the same thing. It’s important to find a balance because we also need space.  Human touch has been known to have an endorphin releasing effect making us feel less drowsy, but more relaxed. I find the key to this is to spend time with positive people; there is nothing more draining than being with those who are perpetually negative. Gloom is infectious, but so is cheer!

Linked to that, laughter, in my opinion is definitely the best medicine. If you ever feel lethargic and lacking a bit of ‘get up and go’, find someone or something to make you laugh.  Laughter reduces the amount of stress hormones released in our bodies, relaxes our muscles and lowers blood pressure. When we laugh, we automatically come away feeling more refreshed – both mentally and physically.

Stress and Anger kill energy

Sometimes however, we need a bit more than that, and there might be something deeper that is affecting our mood and energy levels. Think about your life at the moment, is there something going on that could be making you feel stressed or angry? Stress and anger are two massive energy killers, as they are draining and often leave us feeling down and exhausted at the end of the day. Find the source of whatever it is that is making you feel like this and find a way to deal with it. Chat to your best friend over a cup of tea, scream into a pillow, dance it out, whatever you need to be able to deal with it. You will come away feeling ten times lighter and full of the energy you didn’t realise you were wasting.

People often say ‘fake it ‘til you make it’ and that applies in this situation as well. How we act has a strong influence on how we feel, so act as if you are full of energy, stand up straight, talk with enthusiasm and soon enough you will start to feel it too.

Dr Lynda Shaw

Dr Lynda Shaw has lectured in Psychology and Neuroscience at Brunel University and conducted research on brain function and impairment, specialising in consciousness, emotion and the effects of ageing

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