This year for lent I decided to give up coffee and energy drinks. This is a big stretch for me because I have become dependent on caffeine to get me through my days. As many people, I have a full time job plus I do consulting on the side and extra curriculum activities. With such a busy schedule this leaves little room for…SLEEP. Having caffeine mid day always gave me my boost of energy that I felt I needed to continue the day. Well, today makes day 14 of no caffeine and I am about to pull my hair out. This is harder than I thought.
Since giving up coffee and energy drinks, I had to figure out what I could do to give me my boost of energy. Sleep is always a solution but when you are trying to build a brand, sleep is just not in the equation. After doing some research, I found some interesting methods that act just like caffeine without the negative health effects.
- Green Smoothies- It is known that starting your day with a green leaf smoothie helps get your natural energy levels up. Anything from kale, spinach, collard greens etc, and any green leaf veggie will do.
- Exercise- Regularly exercising helps release endorphins which lead a boost in your mood which ultimately affects your energy. Try an aerobic class, or zumba, and see how much fun you have and how much energy you have afterwards.
- Diet- Changing your diet will always have an effect on your mood and how your body responds. Fatty and sugary foods do not add quality to your body which in return takes the little energy you do have right away. Incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies into your diet and you will soon see a change in your overall fitness.
- Stress Free- Bad stress has been known to drain the mind, body and soul. Try to release all those daily stresses by taking time out to relax and not over think situations. Perhaps a monthly massage and daily yoga and meditation can help channel those stress nerves and release them from your body.
Living in a society where people are always on the go and a quick caffeine fix would do the job we have to remember long term. Large consumptions of caffeine are not healthy for the body and we must take our health into consideration. Remember we are working hard now to accomplish something great. But if your health is not in tact all of that work will go in vain.
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