8 Caffeine-Free Ways to Boost Your Energy
Is your morning coffee something of a religious experience? Statistics say over 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide each day, so you might say we’re addicted to our hot cups of bean juice. And I get it, sometimes it feels like the only way to get back your get-up-and-go is to start an IV drip of coffee.
And a cup of coffee (or two) per day isn’t a bad thing, and actually may have some health benefits, but for certain people drinking too much can not only be detrimental to health, but can also create an extra source of stress and anxiety.
So, today I want to share with you some energy boosting alternatives to caffeine.
Chill Your Hands
Running your hands under cold water for just 30 seconds can boost your mental power and energy by 46% for up to 2 hours straight. That’s the same as the caffeine jolt you’d get from a strong cup of coffee. The secret is that when your extremities (hands and feet) can cold, your adrenal glands release a hormone that boosts the flow of exygen to the brain.
Get some sun
Open those drapes or blinds and let the sunshine shine in. This is especially helpful if you have seasonal affective disorder (SAD) but it’s good for all of us as it can help to reset your biological clock, which is great after the time change. Let the light in while you’re getting ready for work, or consider working out outside, and you’ll find you have a much sunnier disposition.
Try essential oils
Fresh, sweet, tangy and fruity, citrus oils such as orange, lemon, grapefruit, bergamot and lime are powerful energy boosters that can promote feelings of positivity and happiness and help dispel negativity. Minty oils like peppermint, eucalyptus and spearmint are excellent for increasing mental clarity, concentration and staying alert. Rosemary essential oil has been shown to help boost brain function. Cinnamon oil can give you an instant energy boost when you’re feeling both mentally and physically exhausted. Diffuse oils frequently to allow the aroma to infuse your home to feel more positive and alert.
Try Some Spice
Ginger, coriander, and cinnamon can chase away the mental fog for two hours. Add 1/2 tsp of any of these to a meal or warm drink. Doing this daily for a weel can improve your energy by 55%.
Boost With Protein
Make sure that your meal is in protein. That will give you the boost you need. Protein controls your blood glucose levels so get those on an even keel before you even head out the door.
Get a Tune-up with some TUNES
There’s something about singing and dancing that really boosts your mood. Not only does it increase your energy by getting that sluggish blood moving, but hearing positive lyrics can also liven you up and boost your spirits all in one! Make a playlist on your phone of your favorite songs that amp you up, and listen to it whenever you need a boost.
Especially in the morning, water is excellent for cleansing away toxins and waking up our organs. More water means less dehydration, something that can sap your energy fast. For even more of a boost, add lemon to your water for more flavor and a dash of vitamin C.
imitate superwoman (or superman)
Strike a pose Superman-style for a 67% boost in confidence, mental stamina, and energy. Stand with hands on your hips, chin up, shoulders back. Inhale and exhale. Continue for 60 seconds. Research has shown that combining a chest-expanding stretch with deep breathing kick-starts the brains’ production of ATP (a key enzyme.)
The next time you feel like your energy is tapering off, try one of these caffeine-free ways to stimulate your mind and body and get that energy flowing! Which one are you going to try next time you need a perk up?
What’s your typical way of boosting your energy?