It's easy to grab another coffee or sugary snack to see you through when fatigue strikes, but it's never worth the post-binge crash. There are much healthier ways to soldier on and get your to-do list done like the boss lady you are. All you have to do is stock up on quick energy boosters you can bust out at a moment's notice.
Here are 10 natural energy boosters you should always keep up your sleeve—you know, just in case:
1. Go for a walk
No matter where you live, there's a naturey part of town you can turn to for relief from all the craziness. Find your nearest trail or park and go for a stroll: A study from the University of Rochester found spending time outdoors makes people feel more alive.
2. Take five
A study from Louisiana State University found workers who take briefer, more frequent breaks, not only did better with fighting sleepiness, but were more productive overall. Anytime you find yourself feeling restless throughout the day, take a short break to stretch, grab a snack or watch a cat video (since you can never go wrong with cat videos).
3. Drink water
Your fatigue might be a sign of mild dehydration, so always make sure a glass of water's handy as one of your convenient energy boosters.
4. Chew gum
If you keep gapping out and really, really need to focus, pop a piece of gum in your mouth. One study found doing so may improve your mood and enhance concentration. (Sign. Me. Up.)
5. Listen to tunes
Listen to some chill music to take your body out of overdrive. According to Dr. Frank Lipman, integrative medicine expert, doing so will calm your body and mind, slowing your heart rate and breathing to healthier levels, which helps prevent your body from being so sapped when stress strikes.
6. Flick on the lights
When you're burning the midnight oil and find yourself nodding off, throw on a few lights. Word is no matter the time of day, turning on the lights may help you feel more alert.
7. Grab a mint
Researchers found the scent of peppermint enhances your mood, which boosts both your motivation and concentration levels (and may explain why I'm so obsessed with candy canes). Just don't become the crazy lady at the grocery store who sniffs the peppermint without buying anything.
8. Nosh throughout the day
Eating smaller meals and snacks throughout the day—instead of the whole "three square meals" thing—helps keep your blood sugar stable, which is a key component in getting through the entire day sans coma, according to the American Council on Exercise.
9. Eat an apple
"Full of vitamin C, fiber, and complex carbohydrates, an apple can deliver a boost of energy and stabilize blood sugar," registered holistic nutritionist Peggy Kotsopoulos said to Shape—so ditch the afternoon sugar buzz and bite into an apple instead.
10. Do what energizes you
This is one of those energy boosters that requires a bit of scheduling, but it really does make a huge difference: If you tend to hit a slump at a certain time of the day, schedule the aspect of your work you enjoy most at that time. When you love what you're doing at your most tired, not only do you stay productive, but it helps lift you out of the slump.
What are your fave go-to energy boosters?
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