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14 Natural Ways to Stay Alert

When you feel a bit foggy during the day, chances are your first solution is to reach for a strong coffee or tea to get a caffeine kick. While that can give you a short-term boost, the crash from caffeine can actually make you sleepier and feeling more drained than you were before.

There are simple and natural ways to give yourself a boost that don’t have the potentially negative effects of caffeine—such as a racing heart rate or increased feelings of anxiety. Here are 14 ways to get a jump on your day that only require minor changes in your habits and a bit of time out of your busy schedule…

1. Get A Bit of Exercise

While it may seem counter-intuitive when you’re feeling tired, going for a brisk walk or doing some cardio at your desk will actually give your system a reboot. The Mayo Clinic actually recommends exercise as a way to deliver more oxygen to your body and help improve blood circulation and heart efficiency.

The exercises don’t have to be complicated or difficult. In fact, doing some push-ups or even jumping jacks can get your blood flowing faster almost instantly. Even simple stretches can help you feel more energized without a lot of effort.

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