I know, sounds crazy, right? In a world filled with Starbucks, Red Bull, 5 Hour Energy, soda, coffee, and heck – even gum, the list of options to help us “function” daily is endless. Here’s the thing, you don’t need ANY of it. I swear, I’m not making this up! Take it from someone who used to be an energy drink addict and now can manage a business, toddler, 5 pets, and a house, without needing a cup of coffee first thing in the morning to get me going.
Of course, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with enjoying any of these things.
I’m by no means trying to shame anyone or make you feel less than if these are things that you enjoy. All I’m saying is - they aren’t a necessity. I want you to know that it IS in fact possible to live a life without them – even if you are still thinking “there’s no way I could make it through the day without my (insert drink of choice here)”.
Like I said before, I’ve most certainly been there. I lived off soda and candy for probably a solid 15 years. I will admit I was an addict to sugar without hesitation. To all my friends, my name was synonymous with a 32oz bag of Skittles. I drank maybe one glass of water a month – you’d find me with a Rockstar energy drink or soda in my hand more often than anything.
I have no clue how I did not make myself incredibly sick looking back at my lifestyle choices.
When I found out I was pregnant with our first daughter, a switch immediately flipped in my head. My diet was no longer just affecting my body. That was a pretty big driver when I made the decision to cut out caffeine cold turkey. Yup, two full days of incredibly horrific migraines, moodiness, and feeling sick due to withdrawals. I highly suggest weaning yourself off things slowly if you are considering making the leap off caffeine.
Flash forward to today, and how exactly I keep up my energy to make it through the day!
Make a manageable TO DO list:
Keep a to do list within the realm of possibility to accomplish within the day, and not just listing everything you need to get done. It will help keep you at a better pace through the day and not stress or wear you out. Bonus: if you have extra time to squeeze in more work – go for it!
Of course, you want to do your best to get a good night’s sleep, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen (or we’re still just plain tired). Resting during the day can mean taking a quick nap (it’s amazing what even a 2-minute nap can do for you!), sitting and taking a breath, or stepping away from what you’re doing to get a quick re-energizing snack.
Taking care of stressors ahead of time:
We know there are certain things that will stress us out if we put them off. My biggest thing is waking up to a messy house – it will make me dread the day and leave me feeling exhausted and defeated before I even start. So, I clean the house up (dishes & picking up toys) before I go to sleep.
Being completely honest, by no means am I a total health nut. I do still indulge in occasional cookies, doughnuts, or a bag of chips. I do try to eat healthy most the time though. I only drink water all day every day and if I need a little boost fruit is always a perfect snack to do that!
I promise, if you set your mind to it you can do it! Caffeine works in a vicious cycle, where it amps us up and then makes us crash. Keeping us feeling like we need more and more. Our bodies are beautiful creations that are capable of so much! Believe in that!