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Feeling under par? These mojo-boosters will get you back on track
One probable reason we’re knackered? Daily stresses: they can disrupt sleep. But instead of necking a glass of wine when you’re frazzled, try the emotional freedom technique (EFT). In short, it’s ‘psychological acupuncture’ – you tap on acupressure points (i.e, under eyes) while reciting an affirmation, such as ‘Even though I have this problem with [X], I accept myself.…’ Sounds a bit woo-woo, but an NHS study found it significantly improved anxiety symptoms. For details, go to aametinternational.org.
Many people don’t realise that dehydration doesn’t just cause headaches, hunger pangs and dark wee – it can also make you feel tired. If drinking more plain water sounds as appealing as plucking out your leg hairs one by one, pop in store and grab a bottle of Nuva*, £1.29/129 points (500ml) – H2O in delish flavours (we love Cucumber & Mint) without sugar, sweeteners or preservatives.
The mineral that you need to know about? Magnesium. It plays a role in helping our bodies turn the food we eat into energy, so is pretty important for keeping us firing on all cylinders. We can get it from green, leafy veg, nuts, brown rice, wholegrain bread, fish and meat. Or you might want to consider a supplement, such as Wassen We Support Magnesium*, £10.99/1,099 points (90 tablets).
If you’re struggling to concentrate on all those festive tasks, you’ll love this trick: chew gum. According to research at Cardiff University, those who did had faster reaction times on jobs that needed longer, more continuous concentration than participants who went gum-free. Keep a pack of Wrigley’s Extra Peppermint Sugarfree Gum*, 50p/50 points (15g), in your desk drawer.
Master the art of a 10-minute power nap. A study found it can offer you all the benefits of an energy boost, but avoids the risk of ‘sleep inertia’ – that awful, groggy feeling you may get after a longer slumber. If there’s no sick room at work, try grabbing a snooze in your car, or book a meeting room for a quick stint of shut-eye.
*In store only. †Contains magnesium, which contributes to a reduction in tiredness and fatigue. Food supplements do not replace a healthy, balanced and varied diet.
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