When you begin your day are you feeling sluggish and the day has just begun? You say to yourself: I need energy! What do you do? Most Americans will start pouring a second, maybe third, cup of coffee or reach for an energy drink/shot. However, there are healthier options to consider.
Coffee is one of America’s most beloved beverages and sales of energy shots have surged in recent years ($824 million in 2021). Both contain high levels of caffeine and it’s not unusual for us to intake more caffeine than our bodies can handle. The side effects can be dangerous including sleep insomnia, nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeats, and high blood pressure.
“I Need New Energy Solutions”
If you’re looking for natural energy boosters, take a look at the suggestions listed below.
Eating healthy snacks can give you a great energy boost. There are certain foods that give you energy. An Apple, with it’s vitamin C and antioxidants, is one great example. When you’re dehydrated your body loses energy, so drink water for a quick energizing pick-me-up. Yogurt is a great snack that’ll give you energy and keep you full. Nuts like almonds, walnuts, and peanuts are energy foods. They are like protein-packed, energy capsules.
Physical exercise will give you immediate energy while also helping trim your waist and waking up your brain. Consider doing pushups or jumping jacks in your office. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Cycle to work instead of driving. Do some stretches to encourage blood circulation. Walk outside, in the sunshine, so necessary nutrients (vitamin D) can be absorbed from the sun through your skin.
Aromatherapy for Energy
If you want to reenergize and freshen up your home or office, consider aromatherapy. Scents such as peppermint, jasmine, and citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit, etc…) have shown to be energizing. Want to use aromatherapy for energy and de-stressing? Consider lighting candles, buying incense, or keep the scented oils in your bag or your car.
If you’re looking for quick techniques to energize and rejuvenate yourself consider a five-minute meditation. Sit up straight, close your eyes, and inhale slowly to the count of four, then exhale slowly to the count of four. After five minutes you will feel like you can climb Mt. Everest. Bad posture can restrict your breathing, so straightening your posture can help you feel alert and energized. You can do a quick mini meditation anywhere-anytime You can also splash Cold water on your face or wrists to get instantly energized and refreshed.
If you’re looking for another way to reenergize yourself consider a brain teaser. Puzzles can be a great distraction from work and can awake and energize your brain. Fresh flowers will not only brighten any room, they can also have a calming effect on you. Music can also lift your spirits, energize, and keep you motivated for the rest of the day.