If you’re feeling sluggish or crappy it can take so much more effort to stay consistent and focused on your money saving goals. Most of us start thinking about some caffeine around 3:00pm (is this you too?) so that means we’re start wandering around looking for that ol’ coffee shop or pop machine. Those quick caffeine trips start to add up quick and before you know if you’ve got yourself a habit. So, before rushing off for that caffeine burst try these 18 techniques for more energy now (without relying on coffee or Red Bull to do it!), and you’ll be well on your way to keeping your money saving goals in line.
18 Tips for More Energy Now (Without Drinking Coffee or Red Bull!)…
1. Get some exercise
Sure, you’re reading this because you’re tired and need more energy, so why in the world would you want to exercise right now?! While it’s difficult to motivate yourself to move when you’re tired, a brisk walk or a few minutes of physical activity will boost your energy level way more than caffeine will.
2. Decrease the room temperature
When you are comfortably warm, your body naturally wants to relax and take a nap. When you are slightly cooler, your body will burn more calories in an effort to keep itself warm, and pump more blood.
3. Have an energy boosting snack
When you feel lethargic you may be tempted to reach for a candy bar or other sugary snack. Sugar can give you a quick energy boost, but it’s followed by a crash that leaves you feeling worse than before you snacked! Choose energy boosting snacks like peanut butter on apples, string cheese and turkey or chicken slices, almonds, quinoa, or dried fruit.
4. Drink a lot of water
Most of your brain and your body is water and the majority of people simply do not drink enough water to stay hydrated. When you are even just slightly dehydrated, everything in your body will slow down. This leads to feeling tired.
5. Eat smaller and more frequent meals
When you overeat you will feel sleepy because your body is attempting to digest the enormous amount of food you just consumed! Eat smaller, healthy, and more frequent meals throughout the day to help maintain your blood sugar, energy levels, and minimize hunger.
6. Practice stress relief techniques
If you are under chronic stress the hormones your body releases will zap your body of energy. Not only will you feel tired, but you will probably experience weight gain as well as a compromised immune system. Take a few moments each day to de-stress with deep breathing exercises or a quick yoga session. You may be surprised how reducing stress can contribute to increased energy!