I’m sharing MiO in my life as part of a sponsored series for Socialstars™. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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