It’s 3:00 p.m. Do you know where your energy is? It’s not at the bottom of your 100th cup of coffee. These seven alternative energy boosters are just what you need to avoid the late-afternoon, post-caffeine slump.
Pop on Some Tunes
Whether it’s an upbeat guilty pleasure (give us some ABBA any day) or the new Calvin Harris album (you must listen), the right music can completely transform your afternoon. In case you have any doubts, sound therapy will make you a believer.
Snack on Dark Chocolate
Chocolate always lifts our mood, and there’s more to it than just the yummy taste. It contains the natural stimulant theobromine, which boosts your energy similar to caffeine. Go for a dark version with a high cacao content for the most oomph with the least sugar and milk.
Take a Quick Walk
Even just a ten-minute walk can up your heart rate. As a bonus, wind your way to one of these secret gardens for some inspiration courtesy of the original muse, Mother Nature. Or, if nothing else, a few flights on your office building’s stairs should do the trick.
Do Some Doodling
Take a brain break; it will pay you back in dividends. You don’t have to be an artist, either: Research shows that doodling can improve your processing and recall, leaving you better equipped to tackle that tough conference call. Permission to buy a dozen glitter pens granted.
Strike Up a Conversation
We’re social creatures, aka sitting in isolation at a desk or in a car most of the day may not always feel right. Take a moment to chat up that new coworker in the kitchen, call a faraway friend from the road or simply ask the cashier how she’s doing. Don’t be surprised when it makes your world a little brighter.
When it feels like life is flying at a million miles a minute, do something that may seem counterintuitive: Stop. Take a moment to focus on your breath, stretching each inhale and exhale to a count of to four and feeling the sensation as it enters and exits your body. Notice a difference? These yoga studios can teach you even more.
OK, so you just really want something hot and buzz-inducing to drink. Try matcha, made by suspending stone-ground green tea leaves in water. The bright color alone will liven you up, but it’s the antioxidants (including super-potent catechins) that will really rev your engine.