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Stressed? Try these 7 energy-boosting fixer-uppers

During stressful times most of us don’t know what to do to relax. The truth is if you’re stressed you can never think of a solution. What you should instead do is try to recharge and get back your energy, and then you will be ready to take on any problem.

Here is a list of things that will help you get back your energy and will get you ready to take on everything in your way!

#1 Positive influencesFriends eating pizza.resize

Make a list of things you do that you enjoy and people you have in your life that always leave you feeling better than when you arrived. When the time comes and you feel drained, and you don’t know what to do, take a look at your list and go and do something you love or go and drink a cup of coffee with a friend.

#2 Counting 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Most people have heard that when you are angry you should count to 10 and walk away; well there is a counting technique that will help boost your energy level during stressful times. Start by naming 5 things you can smell, hear and touch and then 4 of each and then 3, 2 and finally 1; this will help you to reconnect with the here and now, and will stop you from overthinking something stressful.

#3 IkigaiRelaxing barefoot in bed

The Japanese concept of “ikigai” (“a reason for being”) is what gets you out of bed in the morning. Make time to write three lists: a list of your values, a list of things you like to do and a list of things you are good at doing. The cross section is your “ikigai”. Ikigai is a way of helping you realise that there is more to life than money and fancy things, and that if you have a roof over your head and food in your stomach and a handful of people that love you, you have more than you will ever need.

#4 The “Ah-ha” moment

Sometimes, lying down with your head and neck supported by a pillow and breathing will help you to release stress. Here’s what you need to do. Breathe in and out through your mouth, saying “ah” as you breathe in for 3 counts, and “ha” as you breathe out for 1 count. Do this for at least 10 minutes and you will start to feel more relaxed.

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#5 Go sober, sleep better

Sometimes when we feel stressed we think a night out and a few drinks will relax us and then we will feel better the next day. The better option might be to just relax at home and watch your favourite show or listen to some relaxing music and then go to bed early. If you think about it, would you rather wake up feeling fresh after a good night’s sleep or with a headache and still stressed?

#6 Rolling balltennis-ball-in-court

Feeling stressed after work? Take a tennis ball and roll it around beneath your bare feet. You will basically be rolling away all the tension and you will feel better in no time. Do this for about 2 to 3 minutes.

#7 Swap the coffee for kalekale smoothie

Green juice is better for you than caffeine because the vegetables in the green juice are packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which will help boost your immune system. So instead of going for that cup of coffee, make yourself a green smoothie. All you will need is a handful of fresh kale, spinach, flat-leaf parsley and mint, 1 celery stick, ½ cucumber, a 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger and the juice of a lemon. Blend it all together in a blender until smooth and enjoy.

Just because we’re in a


Situation doesn’t mean that we have to get stressed out.

You may be in a storm. The key is, don’t let the storm get in you.

-Joel Osteen

Words: Natassha Burrell


Mariette Steynberg is a qualified economist with a post-graduate diploma in financial planning. She has enjoyed working on holistic financial plans for clients in various stages of life, as well as a development economist assessing the socioeconomic impacts of new developments. When she is not working, Mariette enjoys parenting her quirky, delightful toddler girl. Cloth diapering, Eskimo kisses and the importance of reading to your child are all causes close to her heart. Mariette is passionate about financial education and hopes to use the experience she has gained to share knowledge with HomeTimes’ readership. Her goal is to provide information that is implementable by everyone.

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