Do you need a boost in your energy and mental agility? Lisa B. Marshall, aka The Public Speaker, shares free and easy body language hacks to feel and work better right away: be more creative; boost your mood; gain more energy; and, think more clearly.
Mood and energy levels are closely connected. Whatever lifts your mood will likely affect your energy, and vice versa. But there are a few more things you can do. Though your mother may have told you not to chew gum, and I wouldn’t recommend it at a board meeting, chewing gum while thinking can improve your alertness. I actually have a friend who chews gum while driving to keep herself alert. I'll bet she just discovered this naturally and it also may explain why many of the teachers in my daughter's school allow the kids to chew gum.
For a supercharged energy boost, though, just get up and move! By moving for just a couple minutes every half hour, you will feel a surge of energy. Movement increases blood flow to the body and oxygen to the brain. What can you do to increase movement at work? I like to take short yoga breaks created by my friend Gurtej Khlasa known as the Energy Guru. I met her at a conference several years ago and I have to tell you she is the real deal. She created a tool kit for busy people to quickly and easily get reengergized and reonneted in the moment. I keep it at my desk.
Another easy way is to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk to that co-workers desk and talk to her personally instead of sending an email. Hold “walking meetings,” discussing on-the-go. Stand up and stretch, or step outside for fresh air. Your energy and mood will improve, your thinking will clear, and you will be more productive, which is good for the whole company!
Clear Thinking Boost
Speaking of clear thinking, here’s something many people neglect: a good night’s sleep. Yet this may be the most important habit of them all. Somehow, in the United States, it has become a badge of honor to function on little sleep. But performance, and in fact, safety, is seriously impaired. Driving while drowsy decreases reaction time as much as driving drunk. Insufficient sleep is one of the major factors in depression, heart disease, obesity, and many other health problems. A study published in 2007 found that decreasing sleep from 7 hours to 5 hours doubled the death rate for all causes.
Here’s what a good night’s sleep does for you: it improves alertness, concentration, judgment, and reasoning skills; it improves both long-term and short-term memories because those processes take place during sleep; it decreases appetite; and, it improves energy levels enormously. There is no better way to improve all around health, mood, and thinking than a good night’s sleep. How many hours do adults need? Some recent studies suggest 7 hours as ideal, but there's still some controversary over exactly how many hours is best.
These easy, free methods work with your natural body chemistry to make you healthier, happier, smarter, and more energetic. Give them all a try for one week, and let me know how much better you think and feel! I'll be listening on social media to hear about your body language boosts.
This is Lisa B. Marshall, helping you to lead and influence. If you'd like to learn more about compelling communication, I invite you to read my bestselling books, Smart Talk and Ace Your Interview, and listen to my other podcast, Smart Talk. As always, your success is my business.