Looking for a few quick ways to give yourself an energy boost? Look no further:
1Take a Coffee Break. Not just any regular coffee, though. Add some coconut oil to your coffee and get a quick burst from the combination of caffeine and MCTs. Don't like coconut oil coffee? Give cold brew coffee a try for a refreshing cold take on coffee.
2Give Aromatherapy a Try. Some essential oils like peppermint and citrus are believed to offer a natural mental boost. Try smelling it straight from the bottle or adding a diluted drop on your wrist.
3Eat Breakfast or Brunch. No time before work to eat? Take 10 minutes in the morning and have something—a whole wheat muffin, toast with peanut butter and a banana, or even cereal with some milk. Anything to fuel your body.
4Skip the Elevator. It’s always better for you to take the stairs rather than the elevator. Taking 10 minutes to walk up and down the stairs will get your heart pumping and blood flowing.
5Play Some Mind Games. Puzzles like crosswords and Sudoku will have you focused on a different task, getting your brain energy flowing.
6Stretch. If you’ve been sitting at a desk since 8 a.m., make sure you stretch your muscles. Not only will this increase your energy, but you’re also less likely to suffer from backaches and headaches if you can stretch throughout the day.
7Make Your Own Smoothie. The smoothies that you can buy from a stand contain more sugar than you need and send you crashing from a sugar high a few hours later. Try making your own and bringing it to work. Get some recipe inspiration by checking out the best smoothie ingredients.
8Get Some Sun. Sitting under fluorescent lights all day long? Take 10 minutes for a quick walk outside, or eat a small snack on a bench. Clean air will refresh your brain, and even a few minutes of sunlight can up your vitamin D and serotonin levels.
9Take a Visual Vacation. Close your eyes and imagine your most peaceful place. Breathe deeply as you visualize the details—is there a beach? What do you feel? What do you smell and hear? Once you have relaxed, count to three and ease yourself back into the present.
10Read. Take a few minutes to read a poem or a funny short story to refresh your thinking.
11Walk. Use a pedometer to keep track of your progress, and set manageable goals for yourself. Walking will get the blood flowing and your mind active.
12Eat a Healthy Snack. Skip the vending machine and snack on something light with protein. Apples with a couple of tablespoons of peanut or nut butter, or whole wheat crackers with cheese will give you some protein and carbs for some energy until your next meal.
13Laugh. Visit with a friend, watch a funny video or read a funny blog. Laughing may not have proven benefits, but there’s no denying that it makes you feel good.
14Cool off. Splash some cold water on your face for a quick pick-me-up.
15Enjoy Green Tea. The antioxidants in green tea have multiple health benefits from weight loss to cardiovascular support.
17Keep a Journal. How many New Year's holidays have gone by with the resolution to keep a journal? If you give yourself only 10 minutes a day to write in it, it may be more doable, and journaling can give you a better perspective.
18Let the Melody Move You. Make a playlist or two of invigorating music to listen to when you need a break.
19Any Excuse to Have Chocolate. Chocolate is a mild stimulant and can satisfy those sugar cravings.
20Feng Shui Your Space. Take 10 minutes and organize your space. Calmer surroundings will help you feel less stressed and work more efficiently.
21Breathe. We often forget to breathe deeply throughout the day, especially when we are sitting constantly. Sit up straight and breathe deeply through your nose, hold it for a few seconds, and breathe deeply out through your mouth.
What do you do for a quick energy boost?