Facing a no-energy crisis? Steal these tips from five women who have to be on top form – and feel ready for anything

Pack a kick-start kit

 “When the phone rings at 3.30am with a breaking story, I’m out the door in minutes. I always have a bag in my car, packed with cereal bars, fruit juice and sugar-free Red Bull, as well as beauty essentials. Putting on a full face of make-up really is like war paint: it helps my eyes and, crucially, my mind sparkle when I’m on camera.”

Work with your sleep cycle

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 “I use the Sleep Cycle app* (69p) to help get a good night’s sleep. You set it to go off within a 30-minutes window, pop your phone under your pillow and it tracks your sleep pattern by detecting your movements, waking you during the lightest phase of your cycle. It helps me feel rested and energized.”

Have a power nap

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 “When flying, I need to stay alert, but hours can pass when not much happens, so I do puzzles like Sudoku to keep my mind active. After a long-haul trip, I sleep for three hours as soon as I get home, then get up and enjoy the rest of my day off. It might not sound a lot, but it’s enough for my body and brain to start repairing – it’s a great refresher.”

Take a brain breather

 “My job can be very intense and I see some distressing cases. I often work a 12-hour shift without a break, so it’s important to get some balance. After work and on my days off, I like to take a long walk with my partner, or sometimes I’ll go for a run. Being in nature and getting fresh air clears my head and peps me up for the next shift.”

Energise with endorphins

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 “I’ve started having sessions with a personal trainer twice a week and found energy levels that I didn’t even know existed. We focus on ‘compound exercises’: squats, lunges and pull-ups, all of which use lots of muscle groups at the same time. It means my body works harder and releases more endorphins – I get a kick straight away.”


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