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5 Ways to Boost your Energy Without Coffee

If you’re feeling tired all the time and are yawning every 5 minutes at work, chances are you aren’t doing much to effectively elevate your energy levels – other than reaching for a rich cup of coffee. Unfortunately, the effects of coffee and sugar wear off fast, leaving you even sleepier than when you started. The following are some useful tips and tricks to boost your energy levels without trying much:

Surround yourself with positive, energetic people

Being around people who are constantly complaining about how tired they are is not going to do you any good. On the other hand, hanging out more with motivating and uplifting people is not only going to encourage you to take some positive steps in life but also revitalize your mind and body. The energy that comes from your friends can easily rub off on you so be sure to pick the right ones.

Swap coffee for green tea

If you’re thinking you’re too dependent on coffee to kill your afternoon slump but feel miserable after, try switching it up with green tea. Green tea has a tiny amount of caffeine but it also has EGCG – an active compound in green tea that aids in weight loss. It’s also packed with antioxidants that fight free radicals and help eliminate fatigue.

Whip up a green smoothie

Making a green smoothie to have on the go while on your way to work is a great way to have a ton of nutrients in one cup. People who have nutrient-rich smoothies for breakfast are less likely to grab a cup of coffee later for more energy. To prepare a green smoothie, you don’t need a solid recipe. Simply throw in whatever greens you have such as kale, romaine lettuce, spinach and/or celery into the blender along with a fruit to improve the flavor, such as an apple or an orange.

Perform deep breathing exercises

Inhaling and exhaling completely is one of the best ways you can energize yourself. Simply sit straight, close your eyes and focus only on your breath. Inhale slowly to a count of 6, hold for 3 seconds, tensing all the muscles in your body. And then exhale for a count of 6, relaxing your muscles. Hold your breath again for 3 and then repeat this cycle several times.

Drink a cold glass of water

Dehydration is one of the most common causes of fatigue. Lack of fluid in your body can drop your blood volume, pushing the body to work harder into supplying oxygen and nutrients to all cells. Other accompanying symptoms of dehydration may include mental fog, poor concentration, dizziness and short-term memory. To combat the effects of dehydration, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially when you feel drained.

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