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Fight Fatigue With Short Energy Breaks

Too pooped to pop? Avoid energy drains and use the tips to put the spring back in your step.

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Eat breakfast. Have small meals throughout the day, every few hours. Call a friend. Tell a joke. Sleep at night. Turn off the cell phone. (Getting away from toddlers, those adorable little energy vampires, may be tempting, but is not recommended.)

All of these techniques also will increase your creativity, as well as your energy. "Many ideas come while you are asleep," Gordon reminds us. Keith Richards, he says, came up with the crucial pauses in "'Satisfaction" while asleep. You have to clear away mental clutter, relax the adrenaline ("If you are feeling shaky," Teitelbaum recommends, "ask yourself out loud: 'Am I in any real danger?'" The adrenal gland will respond to that, he says.)

If you try all of these methods and are still pooped, Teitelbaum suggests a hormonal workup. "You could have thyroid problems," he says. "There are a thousand ways to blow a fuse in the body."

The trick is to replace all the fuses before they can blow. It only takes 10 minutes to boost your energy level.

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