“That’s impossible!” you say? I’ve never been a huge coffee drinker, which I attribute to my upbringing. Neither of my parents ever drank coffee, so it wasn’t around the house. I grew up in a rural small town where the closest Starbucks was over an hour away.
In college, there was coffee everywhere, but I still never really caved in. On the rare occasion I had a coffee date with a girlfriend from class I would get something because I thought it tasted good (like a Coolata or Frappuccino- mmm), not because it would keep me awake with the caffeine. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy the taste of coffee. I like certain flavored varieties, the fun coffee drinks that taste more like ice cream than coffee, etc. When I do drink it, I have to put a lot of sugar and creamer so it doesn’t taste too bitter (I’m not a fan of black coffee- yuck!)
People ask me all the time, “How do you not drink coffee? How do you stay awake in the morning? How do you get all your work done without caffeine?” I’m a superhero, that’s why. Just kidding. But these are the things I do and what works for me.
Get enough sleep by going to bed earlier
If you went to bed a little earlier instead of stalking people on Facebook or watching Duck Dynasty re-runs, you wouldn’t be so tired in the morning. Try to turn off lights and distractions (including laptops and phones) about an hour before bedtime. I go to bed between 10 and 11 most weeknights and wake up around 7. That’s a good 8 hours of sleep on average, which is enough for me to function like a human.
I’ve always been a breakfast eater and can’t imagine not being one. If I go 4 hours without food, I get a headache and super nauseated. Eating a good breakfast (even if it’s something small like a granola bar or piece of fruit) will help fill you up and give you extra energy.
Keep your mind busy
Have you ever noticed that when you’re really busy (or even overwhelmed), you tend to not be as tired? That’s because your adrenaline kicks in since you know you have shit to get done. If you’re at a ridiculously boring job, then I’m sorry. I can understand why you think you need to rely on caffeine. But if you challenge yourself in the workplace and are constantly busy and doing work you enjoy, you will find that you feel less tired and more engaged. Since I’ve been at my newer job I’ve realized since I’m busier that I yawn less, complain less about being tired, etc.
Do you rely on coffee or caffeine to stay awake? If not, what are your tips on keeping your energy up without coffee?