Pursuing a healthy lifestyle often means making sacrifices that are difficult, even though we know we’ll be better for it in the long run.
One such change comes with eliminating caffeine from our diets. Even after the withdrawal symptoms fade, many people are left seeking ways to naturally reproduce the energetic high that caffeine once provided.
Try Some Gum
Popping a piece of gum in your mouth can do wonders for energy levels.
The act of chewing gives you something to do.
A recent study found that people who chew gum for at least 15 minutes, experience increased heart rate and heightened brain activity.
Essential oils are a great way to invigorate the senses and waken the spirit.
Drawn from nature, just a few drops of any number of essential oils can work wonders and, with a great many blends, you can experience a new aroma every day.
Eat Whole Grain Foods
While some carbs are a big no-no, complex carbohydrates such as whole grains pack a powerful boost of energy that won’t leave you crashing later.
A study found that eating three servings a day of complex carbohydrates significantly boosted energy levels, but don’t overdo it. Six servings had the opposite effect.
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Try Colored Light Bulbs
Generally speaking, light awakens the brain, which is why we avoid turning lights on, during our midnight trips to the bathroom.
Studies have found that light has a deeper effect than that, however.
Researchers found that red light will make people feel alert, but irritated. Blue light, however, will give you a calm feeling, while still driving up energy levels.
The midday doldrums can come on unexpectedly and wear us down pretty quickly. To combat that and recharge, fatigue researchers suggest learning something new to improve your mental health.
By engaging your brain more fully with something new and interesting, you can chase away those drowsy feelings.
Sing A Song
A research group in the U.K. found that singing helped people recharge their batteries and reduced negative feelings. This is largely because singing your favorite song helps you disconnect from your problems and frees your thoughts.
There are many way to wake up without caffeine. The key is to engage yourself in something that will take your mind away from your concerns.