Tips for Caregivers: Alternatives to Caffeine for a Midday Energy Boost
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If you are a caregiver, you know how busy your days can be. Responsibilities and tasks quickly pile up, leaving you with little time to rest and recharge. This busy lifestyle can leave you with that dreaded midday slump that can cause you to feel sleepy, irritable, moody, and even more apt to snack and overeat. One of the first remedies to the midday slump that we reach for is another cup of coffee, a soda, or an energy drink. While coffee in the morning can be a great way to wake up and start the day, caffeinated beverages later in the afternoon can leave you tossing and turning at night as the caffeine doesn’t have adequate time to wear off. When you can’t sleep at night, you’re bound to feel drowsy the next day, continuing the fatigue/caffeine cycle. In addition, sodas and energy drinks can contain a lot of sugar and empty calories, which can take a toll on your energy levels in the long run. So, what can you do to beat that midday tiredness without reaching for a caffeinated beverage? Here are just a few healthy, energy-boosting ideas:
Put on Some Upbeat Music
Power through your midday tasks by playing an upbeat soundtrack. Make a playlist of your favorite, energetic tunes and play them as you cook, clean, organize, and more. If you are constantly buzzing around town doing errands, be sure to bring your upbeat playlist along with you in the car. Be sure that it is music that your loved one enjoys, as well, and you can get through that midday slump together!
Enjoy Some Silliness
This energy-boosting activity is something that caregivers and their loved ones can do together. After lunch, take a few minutes to enjoy some humor. Laughter can help you to boost your mood and energy which can get you through that drowsy spell that occurs after lunch. Watch some funny videos online together, read the humor column in your newspaper, or stream a silly 20-minute sitcom.
Try Some Midday Stretching or a Workout
Instead of giving in to drowsiness and grogginess, make a vow to get moving when that tiredness hits. Go for a quick walk with your loved one, do a 10 minute yoga or stretching routine, or even try a quick 10-15 minute strength training routine with hand weights or a resistance band. Physical exercise will lift your mood and boost your energy levels.
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