11 Instant Energy Boosters
Easy ways to work some much needed rest and relaxation into your hectic life
Don't Skip Breakfast Or any other meal. "Skipping meals literally starves the body -- it's like running the car on empty," says Marlene Merritt, a nutritionist, practitioner of Eastern medicine, and founder of the Merritt Wellness Center in Austin. "Forty percent of your blood sugar is used for brain function, so if you're not eating enough, you can't think clearly, never mind doing anything else."
Besides, waiting long stretches between meals means your blood sugar stays low for too long, says Merritt. That fires up your adrenal glands, which start pumping out a hormone called cortisol to bring it back up. When those glands are overworked, you feel fatigued and crave sugar and coffee, which leads to even more ups and downs. The remedy: Eat a little something every three hours.
Lock Yourself In Your Car Yeah, you may get a few "there goes that crazy mom" stares in the school parking lot, but who cares? Think of the energy. "Most moms don't get five uninterrupted minutes," says Merritt. "Turn off your phone -- off as in really off, not on vibrate, which you can still hear -- sit in the car, and take ten deep breaths, focusing on the emblem on the steering wheel." This is meditation, which only means focusing on something other than your own thoughts. "If it feels good, do another ten," she says. If the police come and try to tow your car, put your key in the ignition and head home. Luckily, there's no law against driving while relaxed and energized.