As entrepreneurs, we know all too well the meaning of burning the candle at both ends. From stress-filled days to sleepless nights, it's no wonder most of the entrepreneurs I know are so addicted to coffee they may as well invest in Starbucks.
Just because you work at a startup, though, doesn't mean you're great at starting yourself up! And while research is mixed on just how good or bad your coffee addiction is for your health, if you're looking for a few alternative ways to boost your energy levels, read on – because, I know all too well the importance of never-ending energy. And, as a certified health coach and author of The Recipe for Radiance: Discover Beauty's Best-Kept Secrets In Your Kitchen, I also know the secrets:
Drink water. When glued to your desk, it can be hard to remember to drink enough water – and even harder to tell when you're showing the early signs of dehydration. But when your energy is low, opt for a big glass of H2O instead of a refill on your cup of Joe and you'll feel instantly energized (without the risk of an impending caffeine crash).
Snack on chocolate. Indulge that sweet-tooth with raw, dark chocolate and you'll be less likely to feel the late-afternoon slump than if you head for the vending machine. Make a hot chocolate drink with raw cacao powder and almond milk or the Raw Brownie Batter Pudding recipe that's featured in my new book, The Recipe For Radiance (it's a personal favorite!).
Get outside. Whether it's cool and brisk or warm and sunny, a 2 minute walk around the block will reset your mind and mood. Take deep breaths, meditate, or listen to your favorite song to clear your head and reset your fuel reserve.
Dance. A quick mini-dance party in your office combines too of the best energy-boosters: music and movement. Playing a great song activates the same parts of your brain that light up during sex. And moving (even just a short-burst of high energy movement) increases blood flow – and energy! If you've ever worked with Tony Robbins (or just seen him in action) you know it's one of his best little secrets.
Mix it up. Switching from one task to another will help revamp your mindset and refocus your energy to starve off any energy slump. Set a timer and alternate between tasks to stay engaged and motivated.
Smell citrus. Revitalize your energy levels as well as your senses by sniffing a lemon, orange or grapefruit. Squeeze a bit of lemon in your water and it will also raise the pH level of your H2O for even better hydration. Not a fruit person? Just the smell of citrus can cure chronic fatigue so even a citrus-scented candle will do the trick!
Drink tea. Just a few cups a day have been shown to help reduce stress hormone levels, which will help to balance energy levels. Keep a pitcher of freshly brewed caffeine-free iced tea in your office fridge and you'll not only stay stress-free, but also increase your overall health.
Alexis Wolfer is working to empower women and promote confidence through beauty as the founder and editor-in-chief of TheBeautyBean.com, a television host/on-air expert, and a Real Beauty activist. Her first book, The Recipe For Radiance: Discover Beauty's Best Kept Secrets In Your Kitchen (Running Press, April 2014) is available on Amazon now!
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