Energy Boost #6: Ditch the energy vampires
To increase the amount of energy in your life long-term, experts suggest surrounding yourself with positive people whenever possible. Of course, you can't always avoid some negative people, like a moody boss or that complaining grocery clerk who always seems to be the one who checks you out.
But negative people can do more than bring down your mood, says Orloff. Some people can make you feel so stressed in their presence that they cause a stress reaction in your body. Orloff terms them "energy vampires." And stress is the biggest energy drain of all. "Stress like that burns out the adrenals," Orloff says, "and when the adrenals are burned out you have no energy."
Not sure if someone's negative enough to affect your energy levels? Analyze how you feel in their presence, Orloff says. If, after a few minutes together, you feel like you want to take a nap, or if your energy suddenly bottoms out, that's a telling sign. If someone really makes you tense, you may even find yourself feeling nauseous or dizzy or notice a headache coming on. "Emotions are catching," she says.