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Need an energy boost? Our Imak tips might help.

We’ve collected some energy-boosting tips to help you bound into summer. You’ll see we think lightening the mood is a good start. 

1. Watch cute kitten videos or bloopers.

Laughing helps lift your mood and relaxes many fine muscles that are tight when we’re tense and tired. It also can boost blood flow by up to 20%.

2. Stop staring at yourself on Zoom.

Online meetings are hard enough without a reminder of your bad hair day. When you’re on Zoom, it’s hard work to engage without the non-verbal cues we have in face-to-face conversation. But then, we have to deal with our own reflections. Studies show that seeing your own expressions can make you feel negative emotions more intensely. So, we suggest having a break from ‘self view’.

Graph of how time is spent on zoom.

3. Eat chocolate

Really? Yes! Most of us are aware that excess sugar is terrible for our health. But, if you want an occasional indulgence, dark chocolate may be the answer to your cravings. It’s a source of iron, magnesium, and antioxidants. Research even suggests it can help lower blood pressure.

4. Breathe deeply and slowly.

Yogis are on to something. It turns out breathing is essential to energy levels. Who knew? A deep calming breath does wonders – especially in through the nose for five counts and out through the mouth for ten counts.

5. Have a drink.

Of water! When you’re well-hydrated, you’ll have more focus and clarity. You’ll experience better mood, creativity and alertness.  Enough said.