At Nonchalant, the team are definitely guilty of being coffee addicts and whether we’ve bagged ourselves a great sleep the night before or not, we all seem to need a few flat whites to get by, and all of a sudden it seems very easy to become reliant on the caffeine buzz each day to feel like we’re hitting the day properly.
However, we’re all keen to see what other alternatives are out there to keep us fresh and focused without the need for caffeine.
Check out our top tips below:
1. Think About What You Eat
If you’re feeling as if you’re not running on full power, it might be due to the fact that your body has low blood sugar levels. If you consume a big meal, it can also make you feel the same way too.
Don’t be tempted to get rid of these mental slumps with sugar and caffeine, because the monumental highs are met by drastic lows. Instead, get yourself some light snacks that are bursting with nutrients and good fats.
In fact, research has found that a high-fibre breakfast provided the greatest boost for people looking to benefit from better alertness, while high-quality proteins that are found in foods such as eggs are beneficial and vital as part of a balanced diet too.
You don’t have to restrict yourself to fibre flakes and omelettes every day though, as toast with peanut butter or avocado is great for energy, plus carrots and hummus are also a great shout for at-desk snack-idge.
Having a lack of iron in your diet can also make you feel lethargic, so foods like spinach and beans are rich in iron just waiting to be enjoyed!
2. Don’t Let Your Screen Hypnotise You
By focusing your gaze on a single target, such as a screen; phones, computers, TVs, etc., it can strain your eyes, and when muscles get tired they need to rest, so your eyes will find it tricky to remain open.
It’s reported that professionals that work at a desk are in danger of suffering with what’s known as ‘computer vision syndrome’. Time spent looking at a screen creates dryness on the eyes, irritation, strain, headaches, blurred and/or double vision, as well as potential neck and shoulder discomfort – experienced any of these?
To help overcome these issues you should reduce the glare on your screen by wearing specially-coated lenses in glasses, ensuring you have an LCD screen, and as crazy as it seems, you need to remember to blink more often.
Don’t forget to correct your posture, and avert your gaze to something in the distance at least every 20 minutes.
Oh, and DO NOT take your phones and tablets into the bedroom. This will hinder your sleep and prevent the proper release of sleep hormones in the body from doing their job. Put the tech down before bedtime, experts advise….plus, let’s face it ladies – being stuck to your phone in the bedroom = no girlfriend.
3. Keep Yourself Hydrated
Not staying adequately hydrated takes a serious toll on your energy supplies. It can lead to feelings of being run down, confused, and also fainting and heart palpitations too.
You might not know this but your body is 60% water, so, if you’re not staying hydrated, you’re not truly going to be yourself (like what we did there??). Staying hydrated through drinking water also helps to lubricate your joints and rid your body of waste, among other important roles such as supporting oxygen supply to the brain – pretty necessary.
You only have to be 1% – 2% dehydrated to feel sluggish and sub-par, so, remember this when you’re absolutely hanging from one too many bevs the night before. Water is your friend.
4. Play Some Tunes
Having your favourite music playing has the ability to release a wave of various chemicals in your brain that make you feel good and give you a welcome kick of energy without needed caffeine – so tell your boss you need to get those bangers on in the office.
Studies have pointed out that when you listen to music for just 15 minutes, and those tunes that give you the goosebumps, your brain becomes bursting with dopamine; a chemical released in the brain that’s associated with pleasure – yeaaaa boi.
The music you like will also help to set off serotonin (the happy-feeling chemical) and oxytocin (which is also associated with orgasms and hugging – hello) release too.
…And for our last point….sadly not as exciting as the orgasm chemical one above but still good none the same…
5. Chew Gum
Don’t be afraid of looking like a slacker as you chew away at your gum because simply by keeping your mouth busy, there’s evidence that supports the fact it can also help to keep your mind alert (obviously we could have said many jokes on this point but we’re taking the high road and leaving that one).
Research indicates that if you chew on gum, it could well serve as an effective way to lower daytime sleepiness. Researchers claim this is caused by an association with chewing, which somehow increases circulation and activates certain areas of the brain.
Experts have also discovered in recent research that chewing gum can aid in reducing feelings of anxiety, as well as upping the levels of understanding when reading information. It’s just important to bear in mind that you don’t want to ruin someone else’s focus by chewing loudly with your mouth open!
Lastly, don’t stress too much – a couple of cups a coffee won’t hurt – but if you fancy a break from the caffeine dependency we hope these tips prove helpful.
Team NL x