More than half a year ago I gave up coffee. It was messing with my sleep, my emotions, and the high amounts of caffeine I consumed daily were even making me physically sick. The first two weeks were the hardest, and I was having extreme withdrawal symptoms. But things got better afterward. I’m falling asleep easier than before, and overall I feel happier and more relaxed. I even feel more energized.
I mentioned my caffeine free lifestyle in another blog post before and got a lot of comments from people who said they would never be able to give up coffee. Since I have way more energy now compared to when I still drank coffee, I decided to write down the 7 things that make me feel energized without coffee.
1. Caffeine free teas
Drinking tea doesn’t just replace the ritual of drinking coffee, but it also makes me feel energized. I prefer ginger tea in the morning. It’s pretty simple to make; I just boil several slices of fresh ginger in water and add a bit of lime juice or dried chili for extra strength. Try to avoid chamomile and lavender based teas, because they might make you feel sleepy.
2. Cold water
There’s nothing that wakes me up better than a glass of ice-cold water. I always have one immediately after waking up, and try to drink at least 2 liters of water a day. I often take a big bottle of water with me to work, which I try to finish before returning home. Often I also add mint or lime to my water to give it an extra fresh taste.
3. Gotu Kola
Some people (including me) enjoy using herbs to stay energized. My favorite herbal supplement is Gotu Kola, a plant known to improve brain function and reduce anxiety. You can use it in different ways, some stores sell tea made with it, but I buy it in liquid form from iHerb and add it to my water or tea in the morning. It doesn’t change the taste too much, and just a few drops make feel extremely focused for at least half a day.
4. Fresh air
Fresh air is one of the best energy boosters out there. I like having the windows open while working, or taking a small break outside, even during winter.
5. Morning yoga
Nothing wakes me up better than 15-20 minutes of yoga in the morning. I often use the videos of Yoga By Candace on youtube, but any morning yoga routine will do the trick. Everyone prefers a different style of yoga teacher, so try out a few different channels until you find one that works best.
6. Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is probably the most obvious tip. It’s so much easier to stay awake and energized when you’re well rested. I try to aim for 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night. Additionally, I use a smart alarm clock to wake me up when I’m in the lightest possible sleep state, making me feel less tired after waking up. Don’t forget to check out my post with tips for better sleep as well.
I enjoy listening to music while working, especially when there’s a lot of distracting background noise in the room. At work, I prefer instrumental music or sounds from nature. But when I have to stay awake while driving a car at night, for example, I prefer silly sing-along songs. Say what you want, but singing to Abba or Aqua is an excellent way to stay energized.
Do you have any tips to stay energized without coffee? Or would you never be able to give up caffeine?
If you know someone who can’t go without their five cups of coffee, show them this article. It’s not necessary to drink coffee, or to overdo coffee, to feel energized!