Feeling Tired? We hear you. Here are 7 ways to boost your energy without coffee.
7 Non-Caffeine Energy Boosters
While most of us could benefit from getting more (or better) sleep, coffee and energy shots are not the solution to that brain fog you feel in the afternoon. There are some easy – and healthy – ways to boost your energy levels, however, many of which offer additional health benefits. Here are a few tips to help increase energy, without caffeine:
- Exercise in the middle of the day. Some studies show people who work out by midday are more productive, while others suggest you should head for the gym just as you’re starting to feel the afternoon slump. Regardless of timing, regular exercise is a great way to keep your body energized. That includes moving throughout the day – get up from the desk at regular intervals to do some yoga stretches or take a brief walk around the block. You can even try out some gyms or fitness programs using Groupon.
- Balance your breakfast. Eating a mix of complex carbs, healthy fats and protein ensures your energy is slow-released throughout the day, and there’s no better time to pay attention to this nutritional balance than first thing in the morning. That’s when you set the tone for the whole day. Here are some great recipes.
- Have smaller meals and eat more snacks. Food is fuel, and if you’re limited to three square meals a day your body is more likely to experience energy slumps as it burns through that fuel. Eat smaller meals (which means you’re less likely to fall into a food coma) and snack frequently. And make sure that what you eat gives you energy rather than sapping it. Complex carbs, fiber, and protein give your body longer-lasting energy, while sugar will make you crash after an initial energy spike.
- Decorate with red. Colors definitely change our mood, and red has been shown to improve overall energy levels and productivity.
- Drink plenty of water. We all know we should be drinking more water, but we’re often surprised at how many health problems come from dehydration – including fatigue. Limiting dehydrating beverages (coffee and alcohol) helps, too.
- Add aromatherapy to your environment. Certain scents are more stimulating than others, which can help you feel more awake. Put a diffuser in your office and use essential oils like cinnamon, rosemary, or lemon.
- Get inclined (and we don’t mean heading to Manitou). Lie on your back and use pillows to prop up your feet so they’re higher than your head or, better yet, lie on an adjustable exercise bench or other surface that slants. This encourages blood flow to the brain, which is thought to fight fatigue and boost alertness.