Exhausted all the time? Follow our 6 expert tips to a more energetic you
Feeling listless could be a sign you're magnesium deficient. Digestive problems, certain antibiotics or a few too many glasses of wine a week can stop your body absorbing this essential mineral. But you don't have to take supplements to get your bounce back. Try sprinkling Malki Dead Sea Genuine Bath Salts, £6.99, into a hot bath. It contains magnesium chloride which is absorbed easily into your skin.
Zing with Inner Sound Therapy. We're not talking humming along to Glee (nice idea, though), but a type of massage. 'All the organs and muscles in your body vibrate at a certain frequency, but stress can create energy blockages,' claims Master Park of the Inner Sound Foundation (www.innersound.org). 'By massaging acupressure points on your body, while humming and whistling, a masseur will reboot your energy reserves.' A real drop-in therapy, it takes just 15 to 20 mins (from £40).
Hold back on the espressos with EFT - try this treatment from the world of alternative therapy. Emotional Freedom Technique is based on the notion that tapping certain acupuncture points frees you from negative, vitality-sapping thoughts. 'Start by locating your thymus,' says EFT practitioner Peter Donn (www.london-eft.co.uk). 'It's an acupuncture point near the top of your sternum - in the middle of your chest. Using your fist, give it 15 thumps for an instant energy and immunity wake-up call.' Perhaps best done alone...
Got the concentration span of a three-year-old? Your sluggishness could be down to dehydration - you're already 2% dehydrated by the time thirst kicks in. Fix it quick by snacking on a slice of watermelon, as a recent study found it hydrates your body twice as fast as a glass of water. Although made up of 92% H2O, unlike your humble bottle of Evian, it also contains the rehydrating and energising ingredients you'd find in a sports drink - sugar, potassium, magnesium and calcium.
No, not literally - but the next best thing. The Yantra Mat, £39.90 (www.theyantramat.co.uk), is covered in 8,820 calibrated acupressure points. When you lie on it, they stimulate the energy lines that, says Chinese Medicine, run along your back.
Beat the mid-afternoon work slump by cranking up your top tunes. New research shows that listening to music can boost energy and productivity - when it's turned off, your quality of work nose-dives and tasks take longer to complete. Who knew La Roux worked like Lucozade?!
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