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You’ve been asked to pitch a new client at his office and your late. We’re talking no time for breakfast, finish buttoning your work shirt in the car, hope you got your mascara somewhere in the vicinity of your eyes late- and worst of all -no time for coffee late. You look longingly at the Starbucks you pass as you cut off cars, work your ways in and out of illegal turning lanes and arrive at the office somehow alive and immediately set out to hunt down the coffee machine, but it’s not there and you’re starting to get strange looks from the staff. This can’t be happening! How are you possibly going to deliver an enthusiastic pitch without the aid of caffeine?
We all love our morning coffee, but sometimes, even in this world in which we can do most things with the push of a button, we don’t have enough time to get it. If you find yourself java deprived, believe it or not, there are alternatives.
While it may be that it is possible to find yourself without coffee, it is far less likely that you will find yourself without water. Dehydration can add to fatigue, and, conversely, water is key to keeping alert. Fruits and veggies will also do the trick due to their high water content. Another perk of hydration as an anti-narcotic ? It will fill up your bladder and provide just the right amount of discomfort to keep from dozing.
Although large meals can often induce a carb coma, healthy snacks can help maintain energy. Not only do snack foods provide vitamins and minerals to keep you going, they also keep your hands and mouth busy and your senses engaged. Bananas and peanut butter are a great protein filled combo, as are fruits and nut bars.
According to “Well Aware” music triggers a response in humans that keeps the brain active and increases levels of concentration. Although it may seem that nothing keeps you awake quite like the pounding beat of rock and roll, pop, or hip-hop, Well Aware claims that quieter music forces you to focus on lyrics, instruments and percussion, providing greater brain stimulus. In addition, unfamiliar tunes may be less relaxing than your usual playlist and, hence, more effective at staving off sleep.
While some strange stories have been reported about what people have gotten up to while asleep, for most of us, exercise and rest are mutually exclusive. Studies show that you can boost your energy level simply by taking a 20 minute walk. Physical activity increases heart rate and circulation while releasing endorphins. Research done by the University of Georgia found exercise to be a more effective means of lowering fatigue than medication used in the treatment of sleep difficulties.
Chewing anything stimulates your body to prepare for the intake of food by releasing insulin, keeping your brain and body primed. Chewing gum also keeps your facial muscles moving and increases blood to your head and, since chewing requires brain power, it also helps to keep your mind alert. If you’re really desperate to stay awake, you may choose to chew ice, which is even more effective than gum because of the chilling temperature, but note: this is not for the faint of heart and may not be recommended by the American Dental Association or the human relations department at your place of employment.
So, pick your poison, gum, exercise, food, music and water. Remember, as the Rolling Stones said, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you find, you get what you need.” Tell us how you get what you need, We love to hear it!