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Sometimes life can be exhausting. Instead of reaching for caffeine to help you overcome your mid-afternoon slump, try some of these tips to keep you feeling energized without caffeine.
Take a walk outside
The exercise, and being in natural sunlight are both great energy boosters. Natural sunlight can trigger the brain to release stimulating chemicals, while even 30 minutes of low impact exercise, such as walking, can help boost your mood and energy levels for the rest of the day.
Do a little dance
For an extra little jolt of energy when you’re feeling sluggish, try listening to some upbeat music. A quick dance party will instantly lift your spirits, help shake off your sluggishness, and if you have older kids, they will love doing it with you.
Smell some citrus
The smell of citrus can help put some pep in your step, that’s why most energizing body washes are citrus based. Keep some lemon or orange essential oils around the house or in your purse and take a quick whiff when you need a pick-me-up.
Up your protein intake
Eating regular meals and snacks that contain protein can help boost cognitive function and keep your energy levels from tanking. Stay away from refined sugars and simple carbohydrates– they may give you a temporary pick me up, but will leave you sluggish every time.
Start your day with an elixir
Before you have that very first cup of coffee, try giving your adrenals a shock with a mix of one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar, one tablespoon of coconut oil and some raw honey. This will give you an instant energy boost and can help curb your desire for additional caffeine throughout the day.
Jacqueline Banks, who grew up in Casa de Campo, is a certified holistic health counselor and busy mother.
Her focus is on helping other busy moms in all stages of motherhood keep themselves and families healthy and happy. She uses natural and organic solutions to solve individual health problems and promote clean living.
Check out her website at: www.jacquelinebanks.com