7 Ways to Boost Energy Without Caffeine
By Heidi Baldwin, MS, Holistic Health Coach
Do you faithfully begin your day with a cup of coffee? Statistics say over 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide each day, so chances are, you're a coffee drinker. Sometimes it feels like the only way to add some pep in your step is to fill up your mug with some fresh coffee, doesn't it?
A cup of coffee isn't generally a bad thing, but having an arsenal of ways to boost your energy without caffeine is beneficial, so here are some ways to do just that...
1. See the sunshine.
Pop open your curtains or blinds, and let the sunshine light up your mood. This is especially helpful if you have seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and it can help to reset your biological clock. Let the sunshine in while you get ready for work, and you’ll find you have a much sunnier disposition.
2. Try rosemary.
Rosemary essential oil has been shown to help boost brain function. On top of that, it smells delightful. Diffuse rosemary frequently and allow the aroma to infuse your home to feel more positive and alert. If you have access to fresh rosemary, put some fresh cut sprigs in a mason jar with some water on your counter and it will give you the same benefits AND look beautiful!
3. Have a protein-rich or amino acid-rich beginning to your day.
Breakfast that’s rich in protein is going to give you that jumpstart you need. Protein controls your blood glucose levels, so get those on an even keel before you even head out the door. Protein breaks down into amino acids so that the body can make use of it, which is why many people choose to start their day by juicing, which is rich in amino acids. Whichever resonates with you, do just that rather than skipping breakfast altogether and rushing out the door with a mug of coffee.
4. Turn up the music.
Maybe there is something to singing in the shower while you get ready. It helps liven you up, and boost your spirits all in one! Make a playlist on your phone of your favorite songs that get you revved up, and listen to it during your morning routine.
5. Try the Breath of Fire.
In the practice of kundalini yoga, there’s a technique called Breath of Fire. It involves taking short, fast breaths in through your nose while contracting your diaphragm. It gets your heart rate up and gets the blood flowing. It’s both invigorating and healing.
6. Drink some water.
Especially in the morning, water is excellent for cleansing away toxins and waking up our organs. More pure water means less dehydration, something that can sap your energy fast. For even more of a boost, add lemon to your water for more flavor and a dash of vitamin C. Eating foods rich in natural “water” such as fruits and vegetables is also a key component of proper hydration.
7. Check in with your eating habits.
What we eat has a significant impact on our energy. If you tend to eat large meals that take a lot of effort to digest, you can feel weighed down and sluggish afterward. Lighten things up by eating a lighter lunch and dinner, and breaking your meals up throughout the day to keep you feeling sustained. Make sure there is plenty of time between when you finish eating dinner and go to sleep at night. The body doesn’t generally digest well and sleep well at the same time, and you want to put good energy into both of those bodily processes.
So, the next time you feel like your energy is tapering off, try one of these caffeine-free ways to stimulate your mind and body, and get that energy flowing! Which one are you going to try next time you need a perk-up?