6 Caffeine-Free Ways To Stay Alive All Day
Decreasing your caffeine intake but worried you may only make it halfway to class before you power down, quit school and check yourself into the nearest hospital for exhaustion?
Stop being so extra and check out these tips for making it through an entire day on your own, all by yourself, without your little brown coffee crutches.
but first, let’s talk science.
Science shows that early risers are happier, healthier and more productive than night owls. So look at that, all you have to do is wake up earlier to be a better, more lively, person than others, and your job and school probably already forces you to do that. Now all you have to do is go to bed early. Sure, transitioning from being a night owl to getting up at the crack of dawn isn’t easy, but it should be easier if you’re not sipping on a cup of caffeine at 4 in the afternoon, eh?
Now onto the tips.
Exercise in the morning.
Studies show that even 15 minutes of exercise first thing in the morning can improve productivity all day. Dragging yourself to the gym as soon as you get up improves mental sharpness, reduces stress and gives you a boost of energy that lasts all day. So, even though you might feel groggy when you arrive, it’ll be worth it to show up – and you’ll feel great for the rest of the day.
Don’t skip breakfast.
Rushing out the door means that skipping breakfast probably happens more often than not. But skipping breakfast is a rookie mistake – an early meal boosts your metabolism and puts you on the right path for the day. If at all possible, grab a fresh juice from your local mart on the way to class or work (more like the green kind, not the sugar stuff.) Fruits and veggies are a huge source of energy, even in juice form.
Get to sleep earlier.
One of the biggest complaints among night owls is that they simply can’t fall asleep early because their brains “turn on” at night. While this might be true, there are a few ways you can help yourself to relax earlier in the evening. Avoid screens an hour before you plan to go to sleep. Additionally, meditation is proven to quiet the mind and improve sleep, so if you haven’t introduced a practice into your night time routine, now is a great time to start. And in case this was lost on you, definitely avoid caffeine for the eight hours prior to your scheduled bedtime.
Make the morning enjoyable.
Sure, you might hate the idea of hitting the gym before the sun comes up, but there are plenty of ways to give yourself an energy boost to jumpstart your day. If you give yourself something to look forward to – like 8 am whipped cream covered hot cocoa with a friend, walking your dog or a delicious breakfast – getting up early won’t seem quite so torturous.
Shower in the morning.
Really, really don’t want to look and feel like a slithering garbage person all day? Then shower when you get up. It’ll not only wake you up, but help you to feel more put-together and productive during the day.
Know the foods that give you energy.
The 3 pm slump ain’t nothing to mess with. We’ve got an entire post dedicated to the foods that will give your body and brain the energy it needs to make it through the day or night and especially those power-draining study sesh’s.