4 instant energy boosters

teaWe all have days when our energy is low.

If it continues for a long period of time, then it’s important to look at and treat the underlying cause.

Sometimes, however, we just have a busy day, a full schedule or are suffering lack of sleep and an energy slump might strike mid afternoon!

If you can’t rest, then here are 4 instant energy boosters. They are natural, safe, effective and only take a few minutes to do.

Herbal tea

Instead of reaching for caffeine to give you a fix, opt for a cup of herbal tea instead.

Good choices are peppermint, lemon or ginger.

Essential oils

Inhale a drop of peppermint or rosemary essential oil from a handkerchief or straight from the bottle. These stimulating oils will uplift and energise you.

Alternatively, make up a blend of 1 tablespoon of carrier oil into which you have put 1 drop of grapefruit and 1 drop bergamot essential oil. Spend a few moments massaging this oil into the back of your neck.

Alternate nostril breathing

The reason we yawn when tired is to oxygenate the system. By spending a couple of minutes breathing through alternate nostrils, you can give yourself an oxygen boost too.

Alternate nostril breathing works to clean and rejuvenate your channels of energy, so you’ll feel revitalised in moments!

Find out how to do alternate nostril breathing.

Qi Gong

Do these simple exercises for 30 seconds each; they will help pump oxygen around your body:

  • briskly rub the palms of your hands together
  • massage your shoulders and neck
  • pat gently under your navel
  • stand up and brush your hands down your arms and legs

What are your favourite ways to instantly boost your energy?


  1. Goo on August 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Ok, I’ve just tried to do all four of the Qi Gong exercises in 30 seconds whilst sitting in front of the computer! I’ve got that a bit wrong haven’t I Mrs Green? No wonder I get energy lows when I’m always rushing everything. I promise to go away and do it properly. Thanks for the tips!

  2. Mrs Green on August 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    @Goo: 😀 you made me laugh, but I have to say with a rye smile (and one who has just eaten her dinner whilst reading emails) that this is so typically Western of us.

    Ho hum, we’ll get there. I am now doing yoga BEFORE putting the computer on in the morning, so that’s a step in the right direction.

  3. Wilson Pon on August 17, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Mrs. Green, the Cinnamon tea is also good to boost up our energy. Beside that, it’s good for controlling the high blood pressure too!

  4. Mrs Green on September 2, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    @Wilson Pon: Hi Wilson ahh yes cinnamon tea; I bet that tastes wonderful; so soothing and warming, but I can understand how it would boost energy too.
    Thank you! Definitely one for a warming winter drink.

  5. yournontoxiclife on September 7, 2009 at 12:53 am

    My favorite way to get energized is to keep busy during my known low-energy times: 2-3pm and 6:30-7:30pm. As you can see it’s right after lunch and dinner. Since I know this about me, I try not to sit down during these times, for any length of time unless it’s to do structured work.
    I also have had good success with Brain Yoga.

  6. Mrs Green on September 9, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    @yournontoxiclife: Interesting idea. Have you thought about what you are eating? I know a classic sign of food intolerance is to feel an energy slump after eating.
    I also noticed, when Mr Green was on his high raw diet, he used to feel energised after eating, rather than sluggish.
    I love the way you are looking at this though and working through it.

  7. Jimmy on September 29, 2009 at 7:50 am

    When we are tired, its very boring to work. But one can go for some simple activities which will boost one’s energy levels like: drink a glass of juice, it has carbs in it, sit straight, do some exercise, eat nuts and seeds, can sniff peppermint, chocolate is a good energy booster so one can eat some dark chocolates.

  8. Mrs Green on October 2, 2009 at 7:16 am

    @Jimmy: Hi Jimmy, thanks for sharing some lovely ideas; I love the smell of peppermint it is certainly uplifting and boosts the spirits!

  9. TC on October 11, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    I have tea regularly and almost never start a day without it.