First thing’s first: there’s nothing wrong with a little caffeine. But if you’re someone who’s reaching for his or her third cup of coffee by 3PM, you may have a little bit of a problem.
No worries, though. Whether you’re someone who’s constantly consuming or a recreational coffee drinker, kicking the caffeine habit doesn’t have to feel overwhelming.
From opting for less intensive beverages to making the best of your natural energy, here are four suggestions to help you end the rest of the year less buzzed and more balanced.
1. Try a tea alternative.
There is some research that supports tea’s energy in comparison to coffee. While coffee typically has more caffeine per cup, different types of tea can be just as strong. If you’re looking for a boost, try green tea, black tea, matcha, or yerba mate (in order from lowest to highest caffeine levels).
Tea can also help if you’re someone who experiences jitters with coffee. Because tea has less caffeine, it can help you to get a more subtle buzz without feeling restless or anxious.
2. Switch up your workout routine.
If you’re looking to kick your caffeine habit, a natural energy solution can come from your workouts and physical activity. If you feel like you’re dragging mid-day, head to the gym. Although this will feel like absolute torture at first, by the time you get your blood pumping, you’ll start to feel naturally energized.
You don’t need pre-workout, but if you’re someone who likes using it, then that will give you even more of a push! But even if you simply rely on your body’s natural energy, you’ll have a post-workout high that will get you through the next few hours of your day.
3. Look into natural energy supplements.
There are countless supplements, vitamins, and ‘energy boosters’ out there. The key to finding one that works for you is looking at the ingredients. Anything that’s filled with unnatural sugars or syrups is going to make you feel great…and then crash and burn.
4. Adjust your sleeping schedule.
This may seem obvious or silly, but if you’re struggling with energy try to shift your sleep routine. If you really want to kick your caffeine habit, ditch the late night binge-watch, try to head to bed earlier. Rather than waking up early to go to a morning class, see if you can sign up for a class that’s during your lunch hour or right after work.
Making changes in your sleep routines can help you fight back against the tiredness and leave you less inclined to grab that coffee as a crutch.