Many of us are very reliant on a cup of coffee in the morning to get us going. In fact, we might need a couple. But a boost of caffeine only lasts so long and before you know it, you’re in a slump and about to fall asleep at your desk. No matter how organized you are, it’s difficult to be productive if you just don’t have the energy to do anything. Instead of relying on a cup of joe to get your through the day, there are other habits you can practice to help you feel more alert and alive. Here are 6 easy ways to boost your energy:
One of the most crucial keys to having energy is sleeping well. In order to maintain your health, you should get 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night. You should also try to make the most of your sleep. Studies have shown that staying away from electronics an hour before you sleep can help you fall asleep faster. Create an ideal sleeping environment as well, paying attention to things such as room temperature. I tend to function best when I go to bed early and wake up early; you may find different times work best for you.
Take a cat nap.
If you didn’t get a good nights sleep, try to take a cat nap. It’s certainly not recommended to doze off at your desk but if you can, try to take a power nap on your lunch break or in your car. A quick 20 minute nap can help you feel refreshed and refocused.
Even though you might dread cardio, getting even a few minutes of exercise can give you a boost of energy. While this might seem counterintuitive, exercise can really invigorate you. As you get moving, more blood is pumping through your body and your brain releases chemicals that make you feel more energetic and happy. So instead of sitting at your desk watching the clock, get up and get moving.
Eat a healthy breakfast.
As we all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And a cup of coffee hardly counts as a healthy breakfast. Many skip the first meal of the day because they simply don’t have time to prepare anything. But there are many healthy breakfast options that take only a few minutes to make. Next time you’re in a rush, make a smoothie-to-go by blending some green leafy vegetables and your favorite fruits.
Enjoy the outdoors.
As the weather is getting warmer, find any excuse you can to get outdoors. Aside from enjoying the beautiful spring weather, you’ll also get some Vitamin D, which can help with your energy level. You can get Vitamin D right from the sun so try to spend as much time outdoors as you can. Just be sure to wear sunscreen.
When you’re dehydrated, your body tends to feel very fatigued. On top of that, your skin may start to become itchy and look dull. Your body needs water to run properly. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to properly fuel yourself. If you find water boring, infuse it with some fruit.
Energy can be hard to come by. But with these tips, you can get a little boost to help you finish your day.