Staying Alert Without Coffee
Coffee is amazing. There is absolutely no doubt about that. However, many people don’t want to rely on it to get them through their day. If you work a high-stress or high tension job, you probably find yourself getting pretty sleepy around 2 or 3 p.m. So how do you stay alert without needing multiple cups of coffee?
Try a Supplement
If you find yourself getting sluggish as the day drags on, it can be incredibly annoying. One reason this could be happening is due to incomplete nutrition. When you are missing out on any key nutrients, your body will feel slow and sluggish as time goes on. Of course, this can be helped by focusing on a balanced diet, but another great way is through taking vitamins and supplements.
When you’re busy, it can be hard to worry about taking multiple pills at once or trying to figure out which ones you need to take. It might help you to consider a powdered supplement like a green superfood powder. These can be mixed into smoothies, milkshakes, even just water as you run out the door to work in the morning. Powdered supplements have a range of vitamins and minerals that you need in your diet and even can come with proteins and healthy fats that you may be missing out on if you usually skip breakfast in the mornings. If you are a busy person who needs some help with their nutrition, consider trying out a supplement powder.
Boost Your Metabolism
Another way to help your body wake up when you hit that afternoon slump is jump-starting your metabolism. By waking up your digestive system, the rest of your body will become more awake and alert, giving you enough energy to get through the day. The best way to do this is by grabbing a snack. Foods that are high in natural sugars will give you the most energy, as your body uses those as a source of fuel. If you are looking for something healthy, try fruits or veggies. These can be brought with you to work in little bags, or even found in most gas stations if you go out on your lunch break.
Another way you can boost your metabolism even if you don’t have something to eat is by grabbing a protein shake. These have both the protein needed to keep you full until your next mealtime and the sugars and fats your body needs to keep working. Protein powder can be kept in single portions on a keychain, in a lunchbox, or even in a purse for easy storage, so you don’t need to lug a whole tub around with you. If you find yourself hitting that afternoon slump on a regular basis, try grabbing something to jumpstart your body.
Finally, perhaps the best way to wake you up and keep you alert throughout the day is by getting moving. When you sit too long or even spend too long doing the same thing, your body relaxes into a slower state. Your brain starts to shut down and you begin to get sleepy. This is usually when that brain fog hits. One of the best ways to shake things up is by taking a couple of minutes away and moving your feet.
It might feel counterproductive to step away from your work for a few minutes, but by taking a break to clear your mind and restart your body, you will find your productivity will be greatly increased. By moving around, you can increase the blood flow to your brain and make it easier to think and focus as you finish out your workday.
In conclusion, you don’t need coffee to make it through your day. Though it can be nice to have as a treat, there are plenty of ways to get energy without needing caffeine as a crutch. By eliminating your dependence on caffeine, you will find that you have more energy overall.
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