Boosting your energy levels doesn't mean you have to resort to caffeine! It's all about understanding how your body works - explore these 11 ways to feel energized without the negative, heart-palpating effects of caffeine.
Whether it’s to get you through a dreaded Monday morning or drive away the afternoon lull, many of us depend on caffeine as a daily pick-me-up. Found naturally in coffee beans and other plants, this central nervous system stimulant blocks the action of a natural brain chemical linked to sleep. As such, it gives the feeling of an ‘energy boost’. However, it is also far from the healthiest of energy rejuvenators, being associated with such negative effects as raised blood pressure, a heightened heart attack risk, insomnia and anxiety, and many others.
Indeed, many people with allergies, low immunity, and depression – among various other conditions – are forced to avoid caffeine due to the adverse effect that it has on their health. We, therefore, thought that it would be helpful to investigate just 11 of the many ways you can heighten your own energy levels without caffeine.
Browsing on your mobile device may make you feel momentarily engaged, but in the long run, it can actually have the opposite effect on your energy levels. This was demonstrated in part by a Michigan State University study, which showed that those using smartphones for business purposes after 9pm suffered from tiredness and lowered productivity at work the following day. Smartphones stimulate your brain, which is fine during the day – but at night, it means you may struggle to switch off when you head to bed. Try to avoid using your phone for at least two hours before you plan on going to sleep (even for scrolling on Facebook!).
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