9 Ways To Immediately Re-Energize Yourself

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I could not love a human baby more than I love sleep, if we're being candid. Yet, for most of my college career I was in a serotonin induced haze, forever chasing that rested feeling the morning after chasing three shots of whiskey with a beer. The circles under my eyes had so much baggage in them anyone looking at me asked if I was packing for a trip around the world. Eventually, I knew something needed to change and began researching ways to make my body feel rested so I could be a productive member of society. Our bodies are fickle in the way we gain and retain energy, but below are nine quick ways you can begin to feel more energized on the quick.
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1. Bulletproof Coffee

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Okay, I may be biased because I'm an avid fan of BulletProof coffee, but this stuff works. The three essential ingredients in Bulletproof are: high quality coffee, oil, and high quality butter. When blended together, the more efficient and less calorie-ridden coffee boosts your cognitive function and keeps those pesky caffeine crashes at bay. The first time I had bulletproof coffee I felt like I could run a marathon or build a house made out of wood from the trees I would cut down by hand. 
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2. Choose Your Breakfast Wisely

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Although picking up a sausage McMuffin may be easier than taking the time to prepare a balanced breakfast, it truly makes all the difference. Start your day off with whole grains and healthy fats with avocado toast and a fried egg. Incorporating protein into your morning routine will ensure your blood sugar levels remain more balanced, giving you more energy to take on the day. Some other options for an energizing breakfast include banana and peanut butter smoothies or a sliced grapefruit. Your mom was onto something when she said, "breakfast is the most important meal of the day." 
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3. Exercise, like actually.

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But, you know, actually do it instead of just saying you're going to do it and finding a good documentary on TV instead. It seems like an obvious suggestion but even stretching for a few minutes every morning can help get your body going and boost your energy levels by releasing endorphins to your brain, which subsequently makes you cheerier. However, exercising to the point of bodily exhaustion won't get you anywhere. Everything in moderation, my friends. 

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4. Get Your Iron Checked

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I would never recommend taking iron supplements unless you needed them, but many would be surprised to find out their iron levels are dangerously low. If you constantly feel tired, a quick blood-test with your doctor should be able to clear up whether or not you're lacking this vital nutrient. Once you know, an iron supplement can significantly increase your energy levels because, you know, your body is able to function how it is supposed to. 

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5. Stay Consistent With Your Sleep

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Even if you're getting eight hours of sleep collectively a night, an inconsistent sleep schedule will mess with your energy levels. Throughout college I grabbed an hour or two of sleep whenever I could: in between classes, in between meals, during classes, yet I was always tired. Set a bedtime and a wake-up time, and be consistent! We are creatures of habit, after all. 
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6. Stop Relying on Caffeine Completely

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Caffeine addiction is the cruelest of mistresses, so even if you're drinking six shots of espresso a day, you probably still feel like a zombie for some reason. Caffeine takes approximately 24 hours to be completely metabolized through the body, so experts recommend to stop drinking coffee around 10 hours before you attempt to sleep. Caffeine can be an instant fix, but eventually you'll have a crash and will think you need more -- eventually causing you to choose between staying tired throughout the rest of the day and getting to sleep at a decent hour. Having one or even two cups won't destroy your energy levels, but when you can't wait to get your next fix it becomes a problem. We know kicking your coffee habit can be difficult, but we believe in ya, champ

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7. Snack Your Way Through the Day

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Literally no one is a bigger supporter of snacking than me. I would probably survive solely off of pretzels and hummus if I could. Thankfully, experts are on my side! Snacking throughout the day will keep your blood sugar up, allowing you to feel more alert and productive. Make sure you're eating healthy snacks such as fruits, veggies, and nuts to fuel your brain and keep you from over-indulging during lunch and dinner. And no, a burger does not count as a snack, you kook. 
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8. Put Down Your Phone

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If your bed isn't just for sleeping and getting frisky, studies show you're definitely not getting the right kind of Zs your body needs. According to studies, the little lights on your phone have the ability to keep your brain awake at night, depriving you of good REM sleep you need to sort through your issues. So turn off your phone and keep it on your nightstand when you sleep, and if you're like most of America and prefer to fall asleep to the sweet sounds of Netflix, that is probably making your sleep crappy too. 

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9. Evaluate Your Sleep Space

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Evaluate your sleep space, make sure it is a haven where your body can relax and recover. Invest in the type of mattress you daydream about coming home to, and ensure that your bedroom is tranquil and technology free. Tempur Pedic mattresses may be great for some, but for others it may not be the mattress their body needs. Listen to what your back and body are telling you when you wake up in the morning, and change up your bedroom to reflect your individual needs. 

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