An Alternative to Caffeine

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Ah, caffeine. I may or may not be mildly addicted to it, and I’ve noticed that as a small business owner with a never ending to-do list, I’ve been reaching for a cup of coffee 2-3 times a day. 

While I adore my coffee, I’ve definitely seen the effects of drinking it 2-3 times a day. For starters, my teeth could 100% use a whitening.  As someone who’s in front of the camera a lot, this poses a huge problem! My hand also starts shaking a bit in the afternoon when I don’t get my second cup in on time. No bueno, my friends. No bueno.

I’ve been switching up my routine a bit and trying out a few new things to shake off the afternoon slump these last two weeks, and I honestly? I couldn’t be happier and more productive! Here’s what I’ve been doing lately to get my energy up in the late afternoon:

Take a Walk

I work from home and live in a super walk-able neighborhood, so if I feel myself shutting down at 3pm, I’ll log off of my computer and take a quick walk around the block. It’s good to get fresh air, and people watching in my part of town is also pretty entertaining as well. I also live only a 5-minute walk from the grocery store as well, so I’ll also use that opportunity to pick up any photoshoot or office supplies as well if I need them!

Opt for Electrolytes Rather Than Caffeine

Since I’m trying to drink less coffee and more water throughout the day, I need a little something to give me that energy boost I need! I started to swap out my afternoon cup of coffee for a combination of water and MiO Electrolytes a few weeks ago, and it’s been a gamechanger. This product has electrolytes and B vitamins, and it also makes my water taste a million times better. It’s also free of sugar, fat and cholesterol, so it’s a great alternative to caffeine as well if you need something to help out with that 3:00 slump!

Work Out During Lunch

Ok…I get that if you have a typical 9-5, this may or may not work for you. But my body just needs to move overall, and nothing makes me feel more energized than a workout class. I like to work out in the morning, but sometimes I’ll have an event the night before that runs late and I just need to sleep in. Working out in the middle of the day gives me a fantastic boost of energy, and afterwards I come back to my desk feeling ready to conquer the world.

Schedule Conference Calls in the Afternoon

This might be a weird thing that only I like to do, but since I work at home, I live alone, and I am a team of one, it’s easy to feel a little tired since I get very limited human interaction during the day! After I have a big glass of water infused with MiO Electrolytes, I like to schedule a few conference calls in the afternoon if a brand needs to chat before kicking off a collaboration. Scheduling calls in the afternoon also gives me more time to prep for a call, and review my current stats so I can deliver up to date info about my blog to the brand.

What gives you an energy boost during the work day?

Photos by Tom McGovern

18 Comments

  1. autum wrote:

    I drink one cup of coffee a day mainly because I am breastfeeding so that really keeps me accountable. I also workout around 10 or 11am this gives me my extra burst of energy so I can begin my work day super late lol!! And I also thankfully do not have any crashes later in the evening. Before I used to get super tired around 3 or 5 but that was because I was drinking those venti macchiatos from Starbucks lol!!
    How do you stay organized as a blogger? I really want to know I love your blog 🙂

    xoxo
    Autum Love
    http://www.autumlove.com

    Posted 8.24.17
  2. Lindsay L. wrote:

    Oh i don’t think I’d ever be able to give up my caffein, I just love tea (and sometimes coffee) way too much? That that MIO Electrolytes sounds amazing.

    Posted 8.24.17
  3. Dana Mannarino wrote:

    Love your tips! I drink about 2 iced coffees a day, but I want to try to eliminate that (plus the sugar and cream I add) from my diet.

    Pink Champagne Problems

    Posted 8.24.17
  4. This is such a great list of ideas! Also I’m in love with your work space, it looks so inviting and organized!

    Posted 8.24.17
  5. Christina S wrote:

    I am a coffee ADDICT! I’m trying to cut back (I’ve gotten to drinking black coffee) and have found that working out first thing in the morning does a great job to curb my morning cravings.

    Posted 8.24.17
  6. Super Millennial wrote:

    Great tips, it’s never easy to drop caffeine!

    Posted 8.24.17
  7. Lee Anne Benjamin wrote:

    Oh I love this! It can be tough, but these tips make just a bit easier. I have to try this Mio!

    XO
    Lee Anne
    http://www.lifebylee.com

    Posted 8.24.17
  8. April@LoveOurRealLife wrote:

    Such good tips! I love my coffee, but know that I drink way too much. I love the idea of taking a quick afternoon walk to give an energy boost!

    Posted 8.24.17
  9. I started drinking matcha tea to replace some of my coffee. It still has caffeine, but a least it’s got a lot of health benefits.

    Posted 8.24.17
  10. Stephanie wrote:

    I’ve been slowly trying to cut out caffeine (mildly failing). I’ve started swapping coffee energising foods like apples. If I’m still lagging, I try drinking cold water. But there are still days that I wake up and there is no way I’ll be able to go without a coffee.

    Posted 8.24.17
  11. Ruthie Ridley wrote:

    Oh man… I am an addict!! I love my coffee!! Great tips! I love the idea of walking!

    Posted 8.24.17
  12. Kuleigh wrote:

    I am struggling to cut caffeine out but I really need to commit to living without it. I’d love to try out the Mio drops!

    Posted 8.24.17
  13. Neelofar wrote:

    Good tips! I’ve been replacing coffee with nourishing protein smoothies and Matcha!
    Neelofar | The Loveliest Lily
    http://www.theloveliestlily.com

    Posted 8.24.17
  14. Vicki wrote:

    I’ll have to give the Mio a try….sounds great! I just started walking every day at lunch time and have found that I’m not so tired every afternoon.

    Posted 8.25.17
  15. I probably should cut mine down also!

    Posted 8.27.17
  16. Mitchelle wrote:

    It’s my first to hear about this product. I’m a coffee addict and so I’m certainly interested.

    Posted 8.27.17
  17. Thank you for the great tips! Little walking breaks throughout the day help a lot! And, stretch breaks 🙂

    Posted 8.27.17
  18. I use that very same Mio and I love it! I usually just drink water but I needed a way to get my electrolytes in. Mio was just the ticket!

    Posted 8.29.17

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