The world may be uncertain, but nature continues to brim with life! Experts say these time-savvy strategies can give you the vim and vigor to match this sunny season.
When you wake up:
Massage your scalp
Gently massaging your scalp and neck for 5 minutes each morning ideally before getting out of bed will help you feel 30% sunnier all morning long. That’s the word from Canadian researchers, who say morning is when your production of mood-sapping stress hormones spikes, and giving scalp and neck nerves a little blissful TLC can cut stress hormone production by 32%, plus prompt the release of the calming, fatigue-fighting brain chemical oxytocin.
Open a window
Crack the window while you’reeating breakfast and really listen to thesounds of nature, like birds chattering or leaves rustling in the breeze, and you’ll feel 65% more clearheaded and alert for the next 3 hours. Explains Elaine Wilkes, Ph.D., author of Nature’s Secret Messages, focusing on thesounds of naturestimulates your brain to releaseenergizing beta waves.
Relax in the sun
Stretch out in the midday sun for 15 minutes every day, and your energy level could rise by 50% in 72 hours, say Boston University researchers. Explains endocrinologist Jerry Keane, M.D., UV light exposure prompts your skin to make vitamin D-3, a nutrient that energizes your liver, helping it break down fatiguetriggering toxins and wastes.
Dash to the mailbox
As little as 2 minutes of motion midafternoon can increase your happiness, energy and stamina by 40% for 2 hours, British researchers say. Turns out, afternoon is when your production of energizing brain chemicals called endorphins naturally starts to dip, but a quick burst of motion can restore them to their morning peak.
Expanding your chest with a yawn increases oxygen intake by 30%, which Stanford University researchers say prompts the release of hormones that sharpen focus in 10 seconds.