Late afternoon often comes with a decline in energy levels that can make it difficult to get through the day. Here are five simple strategies to boost energy levels that do not require caffeine.
1. Step outside
A breath of fresh air can make a world of difference in boosting energy levels. Even just a few moments of taking some big inhalations and exhalations of fresh air can give the brain a boost of oxygen to provide energy. If you are fortunate to live close to nature, consider stepping outside and surround yourself with the sights, sounds, and smells of nature.
Being dehydrated can be bad for a number of reasons. Not only does it cause dry skin and headaches, but it can also cause low energy. Simply having a full glass of water can provide a mental refresher. For those who do not enjoy plain water, consider herbal teas, adding lemon or other fruits to water, or drinking carbonated water.
Although exercising when feeling tired might seem like the last thing you want to do, a little exercise can go a long way in ramping up energy levels. A short walk around the block or a few jumping jacks can get the blood pumping to deliver energy, providing oxygen throughout the body.
4. Short meditation
Deep breathing and relaxation can help clear, refocus, and re-energize the mind. It takes time and practice to become comfortable with meditation, so be patient. Consider taking a meditation class to get guidance on how to meditate, then transfer this to self-guided meditation on your own schedule. A short meditation can take place anywhere but is best in a quiet space without distractions, indoors or outside.
5. Take a nap
When feeling tired, consider taking it simply for what it is: you need more sleep! Taking a short afternoon nap is a healthy habit that can do wonders for feeling energized again. Be careful not to sleep too long though, as that can make it harder to fall asleep during the night.
Whether working a classic 9-5 day at the office, 12-hour shifts or working from home, most find their energy levels drop as the day progresses. It can be easy to reach for caffeine to pick us up. However, these ideas may be more sustainable ways to keep a steady source of energy throughout the day.