Perk Up for Weight Loss!

Three natural energy and mood boosters

Life can be exhausting. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do or where you live—we often have so many demands weighing on us that we don’t have any choice but to collapse at the end of the day, drained and yearning for a break.

During your medical weight loss program, you may find this to be especially true. The stresses of a professional and personal life coupled with the demands of your weight loss program can be understandably difficult to balance, but keeping your energy levels up and your mood optimistic is one of the very best strategies for successfully reaching your weight loss goal (and just about any other goal, for that matter).

Still, wanting more energy and having more energy are entirely different animals. We can’t force away exhaustion, but there are many strategies you can use to make yourself feel more energetic. If you’re feeling a little burnt out, give one of these quick energy fixes a shot!

 

Catch some rays.

Because the brain’s pineal gland releases the feel-good substance serotonin when our eyes detect light, sunlight is one of the best natural pick-me-ups around. Your skin also produces vitamin D when the sun hits it, which is a huge help in improving immune health, strengthening bones and reducing your risk of cancer.

But there is one snafu when it comes to soaking up the sun: you need to make sure you’re adequately protected. UVB rays are what jumpstart your skin’s vitamin D production, but they’re also what cause painful sunburns. Fortunately, you can get a good dose of healthy sunshine and vitamin D by taking short walks and the like, exposing your legs and arms to the sunlight for limited periods. Be sure to always slather on the sunscreen if you plan to be outside for a while.

 

Get a rub down.

Kids, work, dietary demands—all of these things can be a pain in the neck, but they can also take a toll on your back. If you feel like a big bag of stress, there’s a good chance your back is knotted up tighter than a hammock in a hurricane. Luckily, there are people who make untangling these knots a profession.

Many studies have highlighted the benefits of massage, especially the relaxation-heavy Swedish style of massage, as a big benefit for a wide range of medical conditions. In addition to tackling troublesome lower back pain, massage has also been shown to relieve stress, help manage anxiety and depression, boost your immune system and help control your blood pressure. If you’re feeling especially tense or tired, few things will help you unwind like the skilled hands of a great massage therapist.

 

Grab some greenery.

Though a vase full of flowers may be a charming and sweet-smelling addition to your coffee table or countertop, the leafy green eucalyptus may be a more directly useful plant than these aesthetic eye-catchers.

Before you introduce a eucalyptus plant to your home, you should know that eucalyptol, the main chemical found in eucalyptus, is highly poisonous (potentially fatal) when consumed by humans. Instead of eating it, try keeping these aromatic and leafy boughs around, or pick up some scented oil made from the plant. Eucalyptus oil is often used in aromatherapy, with proponents claiming benefits from energy boosts to increased focus or calmness. The scent of the plant has also been shown to clear the sinuses and ease decongestion, especially when introduced to heat and steam.

The road to weight loss success is a long one, but you don’t have to face it exhausted. If the demands of your daily life have you feeling drained, try one of these techniques for a quick energy boost and stress release.

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