8 Ways To Boost Your Energy Without The Help Of Coffee

LIFESTYLE  |  March 22, 2017
  • 1. Snack on nuts
    1 / 8 1. Snack on nuts

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    Nuts like almonds and walnuts are also known as brain food – as they both contain an essential amino acid, known as phenylalanine that increases brain power. Compared to other snacks you might choose to indulge in, a handful of these give you protein, fibre as well as nutrients like calcium and potassium. These healthy fats will keep you energised and satisfied.

     

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  • 2. Get some sunshine
    2 / 8 2. Get some sunshine

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    Getting cooped in an office of fluorescent lighting and a central air conditioning of 20 degrees can be quite a drag. When you’re feeling drowsy, take a short break outside to soak up some sunlight and much-needed vitamin D. 

     

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  • 3. Try rhythmic breathing
    3 / 8 3. Try rhythmic breathing

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    Depending on what works best for you – whether its deep breaths or quick, short breaths to invigorate yourself. Paying attention to your breathing can give you better awareness and a good wake up call!

     

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  • 4. Have an apple
    4 / 8 4. Have an apple

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    We’re not entirely sure if it will keep the doctor away but it’s definitely an ideal mid-day snack. An apple is filled with vitamin C, fibre and complex carbs and provides a good boost of energy while stabilising blood sugar. 

    (Also Read: 5 Surprising Reasons Why Apples Are Good For You)

     

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  • 5. Learn something new
    5 / 8 5. Learn something new

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    Engage in something new and interesting whether it be watching a Youtube tutorial for a skill or reading up on things that have always been in your area of interest. It is a good way to divert your attention from dozing off at your desk. 

     

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  • 6. Sing along to your favourite song
    6 / 8 6. Sing along to your favourite song

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    Just like how turning up the volume on the radio makes you drive faster, music can be a great way to boost low energy levels. Researchers in London actually found that singing solo helps to increase energetic arousal and diminishes tension, nearly as much as a cardio workout. Simply choose your favourite song (helps if it’s up-tempo and groovy) and sing it out loud. 

     

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  • 7. Smell some cinnamon
    7 / 8 7. Smell some cinnamon

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    Time to leave some cinnamon scented air diffusers on your desk. While the usual suspect of choice would be a refreshing mint candy, sniffing or chewing on cinnamon could be more effective. According to a 2005 study from the North American Journal of Psychology, chewing cinnamon gum or sniffing cinnamon-scented things has been shown to increase attentional processes, virtual recognition memory, working memory and visual-motor response speed. 

    (Also Read; 4 Scents That Can Do Wonders For Your Well-Being)

     

     

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  • 8. Include whole grains in your breakfast
    8 / 8 8. Include whole grains in your breakfast

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    You might think carbs aren’t the best idea, as they make you feel overly full and sluggish but the trick is to choose the right kind. Whole grains give you real energy, as compared to refined carbs that will give you a surge of energy however followed by a plunge that makes you feel sleepy. However do note that portion is key, whole grains or not, overdosing on carbs will definitely cause drowsiness. 

    (Also Read: The Difference Between Whole Grains, White Rice, Brown Rice & Other Types Of Rice)

     

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