Who says you need caffeine to get through the day?

(Image Credit: Studio1901)
(Image Credit: Studio1901)

If you’re anything like me, you try to do a million things all of the time and believe the only way to get through the day is drinking a good cup of coffee…or three.

However, about a year ago, I decided to take a 2-month break from coffee to see how I could handle it. The only way I could possibly attempt it was to know there were other ways to keep my energy up during the day, so the research began.

Don’t Skip Breakfast

Everyone always says breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it is true. When you eat in the morning, it wakes up your body and revs up your metabolism. After that meal, your body is ready to begin the day.

Chew Gum

According to a CNN, chewing gum can actually help you concentrate and pay more attention to what you are doing either at school or at work. It increases blood flow to the brain and allows you to become more alert.

Belt Out a Tune

Starting my morning off with some music always puts me in a good mood and gets me moving around and gaining energy. It helps me get out of bed in the morning and increases arousal. It’s always nice to take a break from something stressful and release tension by singing to your favorite music.

Exercise

Working out in the morning or later in the day is a great way to boost your energy. It gets your heart pumping and increases your adrenaline. Whether you do a couple sit-ups in the morning or go to the gym for an hour, any amount of exercise is bound to get the body going and allow you to keep your energy during the day.

Drink Lemon Water

My favorite way to increase my energy in the morning during my experiment in avoiding coffee was with a glass of warm lemon water. I filled up an entire cup with warm water and squeezed half a lemon into it. Lemons are a great source of Vitamin C, which pumps up your immune system and helps you stay healthy and fight illness. It always helped me wake up in the morning and was a simple (and cheap) way to get me ready for the day.

Although I’m back to my coffee drinking ways, I still continue to implement these alternative forms of energy into my daily routine. It has definitely made it easier to let go of the belief that I need caffeine every day, and I’m always full of energy throughout the day with or without my coffee.

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