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Seven ways to boost your energy without caffeine

Readers Lounge By Audrey Masitsa
These habits will give you lasting energy (Photo: Shutterstock)

I’ve noticed that now that my physical movement has decreased significantly, I’m feeling more and more lethargic. It’s becoming harder to concentrate on work or my household tasks all because my energy levels are low. 

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I turned to coffee sometimes tea, but this only gave me a spike in energy which quickly dissipated and I was left feeling exhausted all over again. Sometimes I even opted for Coke just for that jolt of energy to help me do my work. While this helped, taking too much caffeine ended up messing up with my sleep. 

If you’ve found yourself in this same situation, read on for ways you can boost your energy without caffeine.

1. Drink water

One reason you could be feeling low in energy is because you’re dehydrated. Make a habit of having a water bottle next to you at all times. Keeping your body hydrated is the easiest way to get an energy boost. Refill it throughout the day to ensure that you get the necessary amount of water in your body. 

Chewing gum will help you stay alert (Photo: Shutterstock)

2. Get some sun

Now that we’re spending a lot of time indoors, it’s become so easy to forget to go outside especially when you’re trying to do all your work and be present for family life. Establish a routine and go outside to soak up some much needed rays of sun. The morning sunlight is the best. This will energize you for the rest of your day.

3. Go for a walk

Exercise is one way to not only boost your energy levels but also improve your mood. If you have a daily exercise routine, well and good. However, if working out is not your cup of tea, make it a habit to go for a walk daily. You could do this in the morning before you sit down to work, in the middle of the day to get rid of the afternoon slump or in the evening to help you relax after a long day.

4. Watch your diet

A diet with too much sugar, fats and refined carbohydrates will only increase your blood sugar making your body functions slower. Just as you should increase your water intake, eat more whole foods, fruits and vegetables. Including protein in your breakfast will help you stay full for longer and give you a steady source of glucose. Avoid eating large portions of food especially at lunch time. Opt for smaller portions instead and healthy snacks whenever you feel peckish.

Drink water throughout the day (Photo: Shutterstock)

5. Get enough sleep

Log off your computer and switch it off at least an hour before bedtime. Put off your phone too. Go to bed early enough and if you have trouble sleeping, read a book instead of scrolling through social media. A good night’s rest will enable you to wake up early enough and you’ll feel energised. 

6. Chew gum

According to Health.com, chewing gum helps keep you more alert and improves your mood. So pick up a packet of your favourite gum and pop some in your mouth when you feel a little the tiredness creeping in.

7. Take a power nap

A doctor recommended this to me. A short nap during the day will refill your energy reserves giving you just the right boost to finish your tasks for the day. Keep your nap between 20 and 40 minutes.

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