For many of us, a cup of strong coffee is the only way to change our mood or make the morning more pleasant and help ourselves wake up. Coffee is generally a good thing. There is evidence that it can reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular and cancer diseases, protect against type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and depression. But that’s only if you drink it in reasonable quantities.
Back in 2009, experiments with mice found that coffee helps relieve fatigue caused by alcohol and neutralize its effect when necessary. In general, there is no reason to refuse coffee if you love it but coffee doesn’t invigorate everyone. We want to tell you about other effective and safe ways to recover and cheer up.
1. Set Aside Your Gadgets
The scientific community does not yet have strong evidence that the “blue” light of smartphones, tablets, and laptops affects the skin like ultraviolet radiation does which increases the risk of melanoma or photoaging. But researchers have almost no doubt that such light negatively affects our well-being. It primarily causes dryness and burning in the eyes. Such symptoms undermine productivity and often provoke a headache.
This can happen after a few hours of continuous computer work. When you feel that everything is floating before your eyes and they themselves are closing, although you have slept well, try to distract yourself from the screen and look out the window or do eye exercises.
2. Take a Walk
Perhaps if the daylight hours were longer, we would not have such a need for coffee and other energy sources. Research data indicates that daylight is one of the factors that help maintain optimism and vigor throughout the day. In the conditions of severe winter and no less severe autumn and spring, we spend most of the year among shades of grey which affect the general condition of the body.
Lack of sunlight leads to vitamin D deficiency which increases the risk of depression and worsens our mood. This vitamin is prescribed for many people as a food supplement. In the summer, its production is also challenging because we protect the skin from sunlight. In autumn and spring when the sun is not too aggressive, take a walk during the day to cheer up.
3. Just Dance
Dance, jump, spin, and simply move around to cheer up quickly. Experts constantly say that even a small daily load can improve health indicators and help the work of all body systems, including improving concentration and attention. One study found that drowsiness simply disappears if you start moving.
If you start to fall asleep at the desktop then turn on your favourite video clip stand up and repeat movements. This will help to distract and reboot your head in order to start working with new forces.
Sometimes all you need to cheer yourself up is some good music and dancing
4. Chew Gum
Almost every person at least once heard that a chewing reflex helps to remember information. There is a rational element in this statement but only talking about memorization is wrong.
There is evidence that chewing movements help us focus, especially when it comes to an urgent and important task. You can experiment with chewing apple slices or nuts but regular sugarless chewing gum would be a great option.
Scientists have found that chewing gum can be an effective way to combat daytime sleepiness by speeding up blood circulation and activating certain areas of the brain. The authors of another study concluded that chewing gum effectively copes with anxiety about the current task and improves understanding of the information.
Chewing gum after lunch will also help you cleanse the oral cavity which will definitely make your family dentist happy.
5. Listen to Music
According to the number of experiments aimed at studying the influence of music on the body and its connection with the characteristics of a person, most scientists are desperate music lovers. They found that “musical goosebumps” indicate a special brain structure and men who prefer rock music have higher testosterone levels. But in this case, we are interested in how music helps us concentrate.
Listening to music in the background during work is not suitable for everyone. It’s more ideal for monotonous work requiring constant repetition of actions. One more scientific observation regarding music shows that listening to your favourite tracks for fifteen minutes or longer contributes to the development of dopamine. This is a neurotransmitter that affects the processes of motivation and learning.
The article was originally published on Newslibre and written by Amelia Grant.
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Author: Ameila Grant
Amelia Grant is a journalist and blogger that believes information is a great force that is able to change people’s lives for the better. She has a strong passion for sharing useful and important things about health self-care, wellness and other advice that may be helpful for people. She is an enthusiast of a healthy lifestyle. You can check out her website for daily updates at Amelia’s Blog.