There’s an unwritten rule that holds true for night owls: leave them alone in the mornings. They are out of their comfort zone when they have to reach office on time, make a to-do list for the day and go about it with precision. Night owls turn up every morning scowling at their co-workers, feeling wretched about the world and ingest copious amount of caffeine to suppress these feelings. But what if there was another way to deal with this fatigue and irritation?

 

According to a new study, including a short exercise goes a long way in improving one’s mood. And this doesn’t mean slipping into workout gear. Walking up the stairs leads to a change in energy levels. Incidentally, it also increases motivation.

 

“Office workers can go outside and walk, but weather can be less than ideal. It has never rained on me while walking the stairs. And a lot of people working in office buildings have access to stairs, so it's an option to keep some fitness while taking a short break from work,” said Patrick J O'Connor, professor at the University of Georgia and co-author of the study.

 

Of course, walking up the stairs isn’t the only way to up your energy levels. There are many different activities that can be done in five minutes.

 

Meditation

Simply put, it’s a workout for the mind. Sit in a comfortable lotus position and be aware of the stillness in your surroundings. Even a short meditation can leave you feeling more joyful and present.

 

Sun Salutations

Or surya namaskar as we call it. This exercise works on every body part and a great stretch can bring you back to the present.  

 

Drink water

One can never drink enough water. This nourishing liquid rehydrates your body and helps in maintaining the oxygen flow. A great way to feel energised.

 

Listen to peppy music

You know your jam so put it on as you stumble into another day. Make a conscious choice to listen to upbeat songs even if you’re feeling anything but.

 

Take it easy

Some mornings can be tough so just take it slow. Take your time to go about your morning chores and give your body some time to reset its clock.