10 Caffeine-Free Ways To Boost Your Energy
You know the feeling: it’s 3pm, you’re already two coffees deep and the prospect of pushing through the last few hours of the working day without caffeine sounds like a joke. But there are, in fact, some other ways to boost your energy, and they’re all caffeine free.
#1 Chew gum
A lot of research has been done into the cognitive benefits of chewing gum. A new study shows that those who chew gum while performing challenging tasks actually do better than those who don’t.
#2 Find the light
Get outside into the sunlight and soak up some rays. If that isn’t a possibility, consider changing the light bulbs at your workstation. Blue light is said to have calming, yet energising effects.
#3 Eat an apple
Apples are high in glucose (good sugars) which lift your energy the healthy way. The smell also gently awakens the body and mind, and the crunch is said to promote alertness.
#4 Stretch it out
If you’re a fan of yoga this one will be easy for you. Triangle pose, runner’s stretch and puppy dog are said to be ideal for promoting alertness. Not a yogi? That’s okay – any simple stretch is likely to increase your blood flow and help you think just that little bit more clearly.
#5 Drink water
We’re always told we’re not drinking enough water, and guess what? It’s entirely true. Water promotes alertness, fights fatigue and improves mood. So go on, chug a litre or two. Extra points for adding some fresh mint to your glass, as that’s also said to help combat tiredness.
#6 Think about someone you love
Daydreaming about someone you love or care about triggers a chemical reaction that increases your blood sugar levels, resulting in a jolt of energy, and also calms nerves. Go on, have a cheeky gander at your significant other or besties’ Facebook page.
#7 Massage your ears
There are certain acupressure points that can increase your ability to focus and kick signs of fatigue. Check out this video on ear massages and face massages aimed at people sitting at desks.
#8 Don’t multi-task
Focusing on one task at a time is said to help those with issues focussing. Instead of trying to do a million things at once, take the time to write a list, prioritise, and focus on each individual duty at hand.
#9 Sing or air drum your favourite song
According to a study published in the Journal of Music Therapy, subjects who were instructed to sing reported that their musical task “increased energy arousal significantly and decreased tiredness arousal significantly.” A drum solo works, too; “rhythm tapping” was shown to have the same effect.
Simply taking the time to steady your breathing has incredible health benefits. It calms the mind, soothes the body, and helps you tackle what’s in front of you.
Esther is a freelance writer, editor, publicist, content maker and dog patter. She has written for Interview Magazine, New York Press, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and local titles Broadsheet, Beat and Tone Deaf. Please tag her in photos of dogs @esthersaurus.