As I’ve gotten older, the word energy has become synonymous with the word unicorn- as in I often question its existence. I love sleep probably more than guacamole, donuts, and heck, even life itself. Just like the many things we love, we usually don’t get enough of them in our daily lives. When it comes to having energy, you always hear the same advice: sleep 7-8 hours a night, exercise, and eat healthy. Well some of you are super heroes and can manage to do all of that on top of being extremely busy individuals, and I commend you for that. For the rest of us, I feel your pain. Trust me, I really do. Having learned this lesson the hard way after many years of spreading myself too thin, these are some cheat-tactics that have helped me.
5-Hour Energy is a Life Saver
I like having a cup of coffee as part of my morning ritual, but the truth is that it just doesn’t quite keep me awake like it used to. Also I like to drink my coffee black (without cream or sugar). If I haven’t eaten a lot, having a couple cups can be really hard on my stomach and make me feel dizzy. This is why I love 5-hour energy! Not only is 5-hour energy small and flavored, but it keeps you awake for hours without the major crash of other energy drinks. Also it’s only 4 calories per small bottle, making it super diet friendly. For some people the caffeine intake can be too much, which means you only need to drink half of the “shot” instead of the full one. Last time I checked, you could drink out of an open one for up to 48 hours, so if you want to split it over two days you totally can. Having worked part-time through the end of high school and all through college, I swear by this miracle drink.
Listen to Upbeat Music
On your way to work, or even on your break, the best way to get your brain flowing is by listening to a fun song that you really like. It could be in any genre really, but usually loud and catchy does the trick. I personally swear by funk, R&B, rock, or rap songs from when I was in middle school and high school. Not only do they bring back good memories, but you’ll find yourself dancing and trying to recite all of the lyrics that you once knew by heart. I listen to a local San Diego station, Jamn 95.7, on my way to night class. They have a segment called “The Drive at 5”, which actually starts closer to 4:30. Since I hit a lot of traffic in that time frame, I have a great time listening to their song mashups and commentary. Shout out to Frankie V and DJ Dynamic for keeping me awake and preventing my road rage!
Make Yourself Laugh
Laughter truly is the best medicine. Not only does it make you feel happier, but it can also make you feel energized. Just in case you’ve never seen an ominous antidepressant television advertisement, feeling lethargic goes hand and hand with depression. Happy people tend to have a new lease on life and feel encouraged to be adventurous. I suggest hanging out with your more comedic friends or watching a funny show/movie. The more complex the humor is, the more it will get your brain energized.
Get Your Adrenaline Pumping
I have to be honest with you, I’m not the biggest fan of working out. It’s like going to the dentist- nobody wants to go at first, but you feel so much better after the fact. Even though my body can feel tired after a strenuous workout, I always feel great on the inside. Not only am I more talkative and witty, but I feel like I can take on the world. All I personally need is some encouragement to go in the first place, but once I’m there I feel like I can take on anything. This can also be a great way to get out any aggression you may have. Sometimes work, school, or personal matters can get the best of you, so working out may also reduce your stress levels.
Avoid the Sun on Your Breaks
The sun is great, but it can make you feel extremely sleepy! Anytime I take a long walk or go to the beach on a sunny day I feel super relaxed, but almost too relaxed. I always find myself staying in that night and falling asleep before dinner. It can be nice to get out of the office and sit in a sunny spot for your lunch break, but be careful! If you’re out there for too long the second half of your day will go by incredibly slow while you put up a good fight to not doze off.
I still find myself feeling drained nearly every day. Even though getting enough sleep and eating healthy are the best things you can do, these little cheats tend to help me when I’m in a bind!
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