Lots of us turn to caffeine to stay awake. There are some other ways to stay up and focused. (And most of them are free.) Try these tips and tricks the next day you have to cram for a test or are burning the midnight oil for work.
Increase your exposure to light. Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you get. The more light, the more alert you will feel. Make sure to open the curtains. If it’s night time, turn on all of your artificial lights.
Listen to upbeat music. Hip-hop, rock or dance music will do. Classical music is said to increase focus. But make sure it’s something that isn’t too distracting. You don’t want to find yourself singing along to “Sweet Home Alabama” when you should be cramming for that exam.
Get your hands on some essential oils. They have lots of uses and they smell terrific. Use peppermint to boost energy. Others include rosemary, eucalyptus, cedar and cinnamon. If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or candles with citrus scents. Oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit are stimulants for energy. It’s even better if you have fresh produce on hand.
4. Rest to revive
Sitting in front of the computer for too long? You should get up and walk around for ten minutes for every hour. Get some fresh air.
Physical energy boost endorphins and adrenaline. But you already knew that. But what about your poor eyes? Blink them hard. Move them up and down, side to side. Rotate them around. Keep them moist with drops available at the drugstore.
6. Get engaged
Have a conversation with someone. This will keep you focused and thinking. Whether if it’s in person, on the phone or online — make sure if it’s a topic that interests you.
7. Stay hydrated
Be sure to drink lots of water. Dehydration will wear you down.
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