Annie is back to work on Monday feeling extremely tired and sleepy as usual. She had a late night sleep and desperately needs a kick with a cup of coffee to keep her from falling asleep at work. 2 hours later, she is feeling tired again and losing focus at work and needing another shot of coffee to stay awake.
Does that sound familiar to any of you?
Caffeine is a legal drug that could give you an instant energy boost. Unfortunately, the stimulating effect can only last for 2-3 hours. It over-stimulates your tired brain and force it to stay awake for only a short period. After the stimulating effect is over, you will feel even more tired than before.
If you’re someone who has been constantly feeling low in energy and motivation and has been relying on coffee to keep you awake, the following strategies might be great alternatives to help you regain your energy naturally without caffeine.
1. Get up early in the morning
Don’t stay up late at night. Sleeping late at night and getting up late the next day does not provide you the same energy level as when you go to bed early. You will get up feeling tired even if you have slept enough for 8-9 hours.
2. Go to bed early at night by 10pm
Develop a good lifestyle habit by going to bed early for a sound sleep.
3. Drink 3 litres of water daily
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking 3-4 litres of water daily. Your body will be able to absorb nutrients more efficiently when you’re well hydrated and thus provide the energy you need throughout the day.
4. Develop a regular exercise routine
One of the best remedies to boost your energy levels is to have a regular exercise regimen. Regular walking exercise is excellent to help increase your blood circulation and increase your energy levels.
5. Eat 2-3 main meals a day with minimal snacks
Keep your diet to 2-3 main meals a day with nutrient-dense foods. Reduce snacking whenever possible as frequent snacking may affect your digestive system and make you feel tired.
6. Eat in moderation and avoid overeating
Practice temperance in eating. Eat foods that are good for you in moderation. Overeating overloads and causes burden on your digestive system. Avoid nutrient-poor foods or processed foods whenever possible.
7. Get sunshine daily for vitamin D
Vitamin D from the sun is the best source and will help you an instant boost of energy and is the best remedy to fight depression and anxiety.
8. Drink peppermint tea
Peppermint tea is highly refreshing and hydrating and will help give stimulate your brain for a quick boost of energy.