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10 Ways to Re-Energize (Without Coffee!)

1. Eat Something Nutritious

1. Eat Something Nutritious

Avoid processed foods that are packed with sugar, salt, and fat. Instead, opt for a nutritious snack, such as a peanut butter banana smoothie, yogurt and granola, or a turkey and spinach wrap. Both your body and your mind will feel better after you’ve supplied yourself with some nutrients. 

2. Go For a Jog

2. Go For a Jog

Light exercise is a wonderful way to relieve stress and wake yourself up. You'll get a double whammy if you can jog outside; Exposure to sunlight has been proven to help you stay awake. Morning runs or quick, lunch break jogs are great ways to stay healthy and alert all day!

3. Take an Iron Supplement

3. Take an Iron Supplement

You should speak with your doctor before taking any supplements, but you should also be aware that a common cause of fatigue is iron deficiency. Have your doctor run a quick test to determine your iron levels. If they’re low, your doctor may prescribe a daily supplement. You’ll start seeing a difference in no time!

4. Take a Power Nap

4. Take a Power Nap

Sometimes when you’re exhausted, sleep is the only remedy. It is key to keep your naps short and sweet, usually no longer than 20 minutes. Otherwise, you may wake up even more tired than before. 

5. Drink Water

5. Drink Water

Fatigue can sometimes be caused by dehydration. You should be drinking about 80 oz. of water a day, so if you aren’t even close to that, it’s time to start carrying a water bottle everywhere you go. When drowsiness begins to set in, drink half the bottle of water instead of grabbing a cup of coffee. 

6. Listen to Music

6. Listen to Music

Energizing music will have the same effect on you Monday morning as it does on Friday night. As long as you have your earbuds in, no one will care that you’re listening to LMFAO at 9 am. 

7. Switch to a Different Task

7. Switch to a Different Task

When boredom sinks in, so does the urge to sleep. If possible, stop that repetitive task and switch to a new one. You will be more interested in what you’re doing, and this interest will keep you awake and attentive. 

8. Eat Chocolate

8. Eat Chocolate

If you can’t have coffee, you can at least have chocolate, right? Chocolate contains flavonoids that have been shown to boost cognitive skills and improve your mood. It's a deliciously perfect excuse to keep a bar of dark chocolate in your desk drawer.

9. Stretch

9. Stretch

If you don’t have time for a full workout, simply stretching your muscles can help. You can do arm and back stretches at your desk or sneak in a quick yoga session on your lunch break. Let your mind relax, and you’ll liven up within minutes!

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10. Open the Curtains

10. Open the Curtains

Opening the curtains will give you a pleasant change of scenery, which can immediately brighten your mood. The incoming sunlight will make your mind feel more awake, and observing nature can help you return to the task at hand with a fresh perspective.