5 Quick Energy Pick Me Ups

We’ve all felt the midday slump before. It’s an hour or so after lunch, you’re starting to feel a little sleepy, and your whole body starts to feel a little heavier. Whether you didn’t have time to get your morning cup of coffee, or had a hard time getting to sleep and staying asleep the night before, there are many reasons that would explain your sudden drop of energy.

If you notice you feel exhausted all the time, you may want to make an appointment with your primary healthcare provider, or a mental wellness expert, as this may be a sign of a more serious condition. However, if you’re just feeling a dip in your energy levels after eating or after a night of rough sleep, here are some quick fixes you can make to perk yourself up.

Drink Tea

Even if you already had coffee earlier in the day, a cup of tea without sugar is a great way to increase your energy levels in a healthy way. Tea has a lower caffeine content, which makes it an ideal afternoon beverage, and the caffeine from tea enters the bloodstream more slowly and releases more gradually, allowing you to feel more awake for a longer period of time without getting the jitters that coffee can give you. 

Eat Chocolate

Hey, any excuse to eat chocolate is great news for anyone, isn’t it? Just be sure to go for dark chocolate instead of milk or white chocolate. The flavonoids in dark chocolate have been scientifically proven to prevent fatigue and increase the production of energy in cells. Keep a bar inn your purse or desk drawer so it’s always on hand. Just remember, everything in moderation.


Sticking to a regular exercise routine will increase your energy levels over time, but for a quick fix, go for a thirty minute jog to give your heart rate a healthy boost. Exercising in the sunlight is an added bonus, since the natural light will really wake you up.

Listen To Music

Listening to your favorite upbeat songs is a great way to get your heart rate up. Yes, the rhythm of a catchy, fast song can actually sync up with your heartbeat. Plus, how can you feel tired when your favorite song is playing in the background?

Stay Hydrated

It’s important to drink water throughout the day to make sure your body stays hydrated. When you wake up in the morning, have a glass of water on your nightstand so that it’s the first thing you drink. You may be so busy during the day that you forget to drink water, which is why you should keep a bottle in your purse or on your desk as a constant reminder. You can even set a timer on your phone to go off in intervals to remind you to take a sip.

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