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10 Effective Caffeine Alternatives To Revive Your Day

10 Effective Caffeine Alternatives To Revive Your Day

For many of us, caffeine is the fuel for our days. Without caffeine, we stumble, we slump, we sleep, and everything falls apart. Rely on this little trickster of a drug, and you’ll set yourself up for dependency for the rest of your life. Sounds harsh? Perhaps you should have a look at what caffeine does to your brain, blood pressure levels, heart rate, mood, and even your hormones!

Still up for this sucker of a drug? And yes, in case you didn’t already know, it’s defined as a drug!

On the other hand, if you prefer to detox and break free from this costly energy booster, you’ve made the right choice. Next, you’re probably going to be looking for ways to give yourself natural, healthy, and effective energy boosts without giving into that cuppa coffee.

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Is it possible?

Of course it is!

Here are 10 energy-boosting alternatives to caffeine that will fire up your day in no time.

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Drink Warm Lemon Water

Pick up an organic lemon, squeeze it into warm water, and top it off with fresh mint. Any benefits? Many, says Wellness Mama. She refers to her own experience with the routine and says that lemons definitely do have a little bit of magic to them. Drinking warm lemon water every morning re-hydrates the body, improves digestion, and provides a little immune boost. Plus, since Vitamin C can potentially reduce the impact of stress, it works as the perfect detoxer and antidote to our caffeine habits.

Snack on Almonds

Befriending almonds is going to result in a far better and healthier relationship than the one you had with caffeine. It’s no secret that a snack full of nuts and grains works as the perfect energy booster. Almonds, particularly, contain manganese, copper, Riboflavin and other nutrients that increase brain activity and result in new neural pathways. They’re a perfect brain booster!

Turn up the Bass

If you’re already a hip-hop or hard rock fan, you’ve got the perfect solution to your drowsy mornings. According to mic.com, scientists have found that songs with a heavy bass inspire feelings of power, delivering a wave of confidence. While working, they advise it’s best to go with tunes that aren’t normally your favorites so as to reduce the effects of dopamine and increase focus on work (rather than music). Assignment consultants use this technique to get work done fast!

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Buy Menthol Shampoo

If you live in a cold location, you’ll be highly reluctant to start the day with a cold shower. Although we won’t disagree with the fact that cold showers can give you that much-needed jolt of energy, it’s not everyone’s favorite routine if the temperature tends to be a bit low where they live. A methanol shampoo is a great alternative because that tingling sensation can bring you to life!

Eat a Ba-Na-Na

We’ve all wondered what perks up those little minions! Bananas are full of carbohydrates which is the body’s main source of energy. A banana breakfast is a great way to start the day and power up your body without the dreaded crash afterwards.

Try a Quick Workout

If you’re always on the run before you get to work, taking out an extra 20 minutes for yoga or exercise is out of the question. Lucky for you though, mini workouts may work just as well. According to Fitness Magazine, there are plenty of ways you can torch fat and boost your day with 10 minute mini-workouts. Let those endorphins kick in!

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Stretch Your Limbs

Sometimes, muscle stiffness is what keeps us from moving around and feeling energized in the morning. Constantly being in one position while sleeping is usually what causes those muscle and joint aches when you wake up. Do a quick muscle stretch, exercising parts of your neck, shoulders, glutes, and abdomen, while lengthening those limbs.

Find Chit-Chatter

Can you think of that crazy hyper friend or colleague that often jazzes up your day? Studies reveal that being socially connected promotes positive thoughts and productivity. Having a little chit chat with a natural prattler is bound to get you wired up for the day ahead. Dial up a friend and catch up on that gossip you missed out on!

Avoid Heavy Eating

While a heavy breakfast may seem like a good idea to get you powered up, it can actually prevent you from being at your best because your body is suddenly focused on digestion. This causes it to slow down, resulting in what they call the “crash”. Avoid those high-carb, high-fat, and high-sugar foods if you want to feel energetic, according to Scientific American.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

This point can’t be stressed enough! Our daily dose of H2O is what keeps us functioning at a normal speed. Since our brains and bodies are mostly water, lack of water (or dehydration) promotes a lack of oxygen and fatigue. Moreover, caffeine consumed in large doses leads you to produce more urine. This contributes to dehydration, and affects proper body function- not to mention draining our precious time!

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Last Updated on November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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