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Correct us if we’re wrong, but it feels as though the days are getting longer yet the time to get stuff done in is getting shorter and we don’t have the energy to keep up anymore, not anymore, not with anything – work, play, kids and life. Okay, that’s not strictly true because, well, we could chug some crazy canned concoction that simply says ‘energy shot’ on the label without any more information about what’s in it, but that ain’t really our style.

Luckily, our desperate desire to stay awake and alert past three o’clock in the afternoon saw us do some digging. So, without further ado, here are the best ways to top up your energy levels without having to risk drinking some glowing shot that looks like radioactive waste and probably is.

  1. Workout Right Away

We get that people have commitments, like careers, that means they can’t just run off to the gym whenever they start to feel dozy. But, if you are susceptible to a slump in the afternoon, then use your hour at lunch to work out. It’s been proven to boost energy levels and alertness.

  1. Open The Curtains More

The human body is a pretty crazy machine, and Mother Nature is an even more irresistible force to be reckoned with. The reason we’re telling you this is simple: light is Mother Nature’s way of telling your body it’s time to be awake. So, if you find yourself struggling to get up in the morning or stay awake in the afternoon, try opening the blinds a little more, or flicking on a light switch – it will work wonders.

  1. Multivitamins Are Meant To Work

We know that the pill-popping culture we live actually does more harm than good, but multivitamins don’t fall beneath the same gloomy bell curve. They’re made to cleanse your body and help you stay fighting fit for longer. Our advice: head to and buy some vitamins that are full of macronutrients, minerals and adaptogenic herbs, all of which will help improve your focus and boost your energy.

  1. Steer Clear Of Sugar

We know that guzzling on sugary drinks and snacking on sugary sweets is going to give you that kick you need when your head is starting to hang low, but they have been proven to put you on a crash as soon as an hour after digesting them. As such, steer clear of these and find alternatives, like sipping on water and snacking on walnuts instead.

  1. Chewing Gum Is A Saviour

There is nothing worse than feeling your eyes get heavy as you approach an afternoon chock-full of internal meetings – the kind you know will go on for too long for no reason. Well, instead of getting shouted at by the boss for falling asleep in a houseplant (which will actually help given both power naps and plants are good for tiredness), try chewing gum instead. Both your alertness and mood will improve, at least that’s what the scientists are saying.


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