1. START CIRCULATING: Start the day with a towel rub to get your circulation and lymphatic system going. Soak a cotton hand towel in hot water, then rub your skin with short, circular movements, starting at your feet and working upwards towards the heart.
2. SEE THE LIGHT: Take time-out and find yourself a quiet place in the sun to boost your spirits and banish fatigue. Natural sunlight provides the body with vitamin D, triggering the release of serotonin and endorphins in the brain which makes you feel more alert and awake.
3. SCREAM INTO YOUR PILLOW: Suppressed anger can be the cause of tiredness as it’s exhausting to be constantly fighting rage and negative emotions. To release your built-up negative energy, scream at the top of your lungs into a pillow while focusing on releasing all your anger and anxiety.
4. STICK OUT YOUR TONGUE: Inhale, then stick your tongue as far as you can, then breathe out slowly making a growling sound like lion. It may seem weird but it releases the tension in your face and stimulates blood flow and your thyroid.
5. REHYDRATE: Dehydration is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue. Mild dehydration can also slow your metabolism and trigger fuzzy short-term memory and difficulty in focusing and concentrating, so aim to drink six to eight glasses of water a day.
6. WATCH A COMEDY: Laughing lets oxygen into the blood which increases arousal hormones and strengthens the immune system. So next time you’re hiring a DVD or seeing a movie, choose a comedy.
7. GIVE YOUR FEET A BREAK: Regularly wearing high heels can shorten calf muscles, push your pelvis forward and be the start of foot and back problems. Try to limit your high heel habit to a few hours a day or at least wear them on alternate days. Every night stretch your calves for a few minutes by standing with the balls of your feet on a phone book and your heels on the floor.”
8. PHONE A FRIEND: Chatting to your friends can help to reduce stress and give you a feeling of being connected. Take five minutes to call someone close. Speaking to a good friend will help you achieve clarity of mind in stressful situations.
9. VISUALISE FUN: Every Monday think of something exciting to do the following weekend. Concentrating on pleasurable moments will overprint any negative feelings, making you more positive and able to deal with weekday stress.
10. WRITE A LETTER: If someone has really upset you or made you angry, write them a letter telling them exactly how you feel. You can be as honest and venomous as you like because dredging up all the toxic feelings is a way of releasing them. The trick is, you don’t send the letter. Burn it instead and watch all your pent up anger go up in smoke.
11. SHAKE YOUR HANDS: Always take 60 seconds time out during repetitive activities (such as typing) to ‘shake out’, stretch and rotate your hands. This will strengthen your wrists and release any built-up tension in your arms and hands.
12. WALK UP THE WALL: Lie on the floor, perpendicular to a wall. “Walk” your feet up the wall and place your bottom as close to it as possible. Lie still with your eyes closed. The blood that naturally pools in your legs will drain away, making you feel more energised.
13. STOP COMPLAINING: Take five minutes to think about everything that’s good in your life, or write yourself a list and stick it somewhere you can see it every day to remind yourself how lucky you are. In the long term, optimists are better at coping with life’s ups and downs such as stress and depression.
14. GET THE BLUES: Surround yourself with colour blue. Eyeing the blue hue is believed to improve communication skills.
15. EMBRACE PEPPERMINT: Peppermint has an instant calming effect on the body and helps reduce anxiety and tension. It also aids digestion, so sip some peppermint tea.
16. TAP YOUR FACE: When you feel frazzled, try tapping, rubbing or pressing either your temples, the bridge of your nose or just below your bottom lip. Pressing on these points instantly balances the body’s energy fields, helping reduce anxiety and increase energy.
17. EAT YOUR OATS: Sprinkle whole oats on your cereal, this not only adds disease-fighting soluble fibre to your brekkie but it will make you feel fuller faster reducing your temptation to snack and over-eat. Oats also aid the nervous system so you can deal stress better.
18. LOOK INTO YOUR EYES: Pull the bottom of your lids down to check the colour inside, it should be rosy pink. If it’s a very pale shade of pink, it’s a sign of anemia so increase your iron intake.
19. TAKE A SHOWER IN THE DARK: To unburden your mind from sensory overload have a shower in semi-darkness. Switching off the bathroom light and burning a single candle while you shower is a great way to refocus the mind and wash away the stress of the day.
20. STOP AND SMELL THE FLOWERS: Place a drop of rose or lavender oil on your light bulbs – before (never after) you turn your lights on. The aroma will help you relax and de-stress.
21. STOMP OUT STRESS: Kick of your shoes and start massaging. According to reflexology, the more than 7000 nerves in your feet form a mini-map of your body that help you massage your way to less stress and pain. Here’s a rough foot guide: pads of toes = head; ball of the foot = heart and lungs; midsection of the foot = stomach; and heel = pelvis.
22. EAT BLUEBERRIES: Snack on fresh or frozen blueberries. They’re packed full of anti-oxidants that fight disease and are good for your arteries and eyesight.
23. TAKE A DEEP BREATH: Breath is the bridge between the conscious and unconscious mind. Try this stress-reducing breathing technique to promote mental calm and clarity, and physical and emotional well-being. Burn two drops of sandalwood and one drop of frankincense to water in a burner and light. Sit comfortably in a chair, close your eyes and relax. Slowly inhale, exhale, ten times, silently counting each breath.
24. BALANCE YOUR EMOTIONS: Include some protein with your meals and snacks to boost your mood and increase metabolism. Protein takes more energy to digest which results in a slower increase in blood sugar levels. With stabilized blood sugar you can say goodbye to energy slumps, irritability and moodiness.
25. SMILE: Smile and lift your head. The mere act of smiling stimulates endorphins and you’ll notice the feel-good benefits straight away.