5 ways to boost your energy without caffeine

Chew some gum.

You can use gum not only to refresh your breath— you can also energize your body with it. Chewing gum increases heart rate, and that means increase in blood flow to the brain. What’s even more, chewing gum stimulates the autonomic nervous system, which can increase alertness. If you have to choose, pick the one with mint flavor, which will stimulate your nerve fibers like a splash of cold water on your face.

Eat whole-grains

You would think that eating carbs would just make you sluggish, and you’re right — but only if you eat the stripped-down carbs like white flour. But whole grains give you real energy. As recent studies show, people who replace three servings of refined carbs with whole grains each day reported an increase in energy. Just don’t overdo it – six servings of these good carbs will indeed make you sluggish.

Illuminate your surroundings

It’s no brainer – bright light awakens your brain, darkness is associated with bedtime and sleep. But not all rays are equally stimulating. Red light will make more like irritating edgy alertness and blue light will set relaxing mood for calm alertness. Consider this when you will install lightning in your working area.

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Engage into something interesting

The more actively you can engage your brain, the more alerting an activity is going to be. You can actually overcome a good bit of sleep pressure just by engaging in something interesting. Turn on the radio, listen to the interesting audiobook, refine your doodling skills – whatever ticks you to stay away from bed.

Massage your ears

Applying pressure to the outer rim of your ear may help invigorate your entire body. That’s because all of your body’s “acupressure meridians”—that is, your energy pathways—pass through your outer ear. “Massaging the ear unites all of the meridians, and gets the energy flowing,” he says. Simply pinch the rim of each ear between your thumb and pointer finger, and rub up and down for 10 to 30 seconds.

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