It’s 6 am and your alarm is buzzing, but your brain is not, so you hit the snooze button. Your alarm sounds off again 20 minutes later, and you’re forced to face a harsh reality; you need to be at work in 30 minutes.
We’ve all experienced mornings like this more than we care to admit, whether it’s due to a sleepless night of tossing and turning, or staying up until 2 am binge watching your new favorite show the night before. But the fact remains, you need to use that mushy brain of yours to get some work done. So what do you do?
Your first instinct is probably to stop at the closest coffee shop and chase a shot of espresso with a tall Americano, but hear us out. Instead, try these natural solutions that offer all the pep with none of the crash.
Get on the Move
With the stress of the daily grind, you may not feel like exercising all that often, but physical activity is a great way to boost your energy levels and help you feel more alert. Even if you can’t fit a 20-minute workout in your busy schedule, try taking a quick walk around the block for some fresh air, or do a few sets of jumping jacks in your office. These simple activities can get the heart pumping and the blood flowing to your entire body, including that fatigued brain. Just make sure you have some antiperspirant on hand to get you through the rest of the day.
It’s simple enough, a lack of water leads to a lack of energy. Keeping up is hard enough if your body is lacking sleep, but if it’s also lacking water, you’re facing a devastating one-two punch to your productivity. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay energized and fuel your performance at work. Try filling a gallon jug of water in the morning, and commit to finishing that jug by the end of each day.
Get Some Rest
You may think you don’t have the time, but you just might. When it comes to mid-day re-energizing, power naps are the way to go. If you’re able to grab a 15-30 minute catnap in a quiet spot, do it! You may feel a little groggy at first, but splash some water on your face and you’ll be as good as new.
Snack, Snack, Snack…and Snack Some More
No, not the chips and candy in the office pantry. Keep some healthy snacks on hand that contain energizing nutrients. If you’re struggling to keep your eyes open, try snacking on:
- Dark Chocolate: The darker the chocolate, the more energizing it is.
- Fruits: They contain the good sugars that give you a burst of energy.
- Whole Grains: Foods like oats or whole grain bread contain carbs that convert into energy.
- Green tea: This not only helps you hydrate, but it contains less caffeine than coffee, so you won’t crash once it wears off.
Remember to always snack in moderation. Overeating can lead to increased fatigue and/or weight gain. If you’re experiencing chronic fatigue, it’s best to seek the help of a doctor to rule out any health conditions and formulate a plan to help boost your energy levels.