*this is not just another coffee blog*
Okay, I had to get that out of the way. Hey guys, it’s Elizabeth *insert peace-sign emoji*
So if you’re anybody who’s anybody…you know that coffee is kind of a thing in college.
Everybody drinks it. Everybody loves it. And if you don’t love it, you load up on milk, sugar, and blended ice, and walk around looking trendy.
I *raises hand sheepishly* am unfortunately one of those people. (except I actually like coffee, unlike the posers out there)
Now there is no shame in loving coffee and no shame in drinking it. But I’m here to tell you something that may rock your world a little bit. Hear me on this people.
Coffee is not a substitute for sleep.
Coffee is a wonderful way to get going in the morning and creates a fun social atmosphere. But the truth is, way too many college students use coffee as an excuse to not make sleep a priority. You’re doing your body much more harm than good by only giving yourself caffeine to keep going.
8 hours of sleep a night works wonders for your body and prevents mental and emotional breakdowns. Believe me, I know. Your body actually needs sleep for survival. Depriving yourself of sleep is like depriving yourself of water or food. Whether you’re a high school student or a college student, it’s time to get in the habit of recognizing sleep as a priority and not a suggestion.
With that being said, I realize that sometimes, even with a good night of sleep, we all get tired and drowsy in the middle of the day. So what are other practical and HEALTHY ways to give your body the energy you need besides overloading on caffeine?
1. Start the day right!
Breakfast is totally the most important meal of the day (and the yummiest), so use it to your advantage! Make sure you’re eating plenty of fiber and carbs for breakfast. Try some good toast, bagel, cereal, and fruit to give your body a boost of energy first thing! And if you’re like me, one cup of coffee in the morning is probably okay too 🙂
2. Don’t Rush
Believe it or not, taking breaks throughout the day will allow your body to revamp itself on energy. A lot of times, people avoid breaks or short naps because they think they’re “on a roll” and don’t want to stop their momentum, when really they’re just working their bodies and energy into the ground. Actually, short 5-10 minute breaks can boost your energy immediately. Turning “break-taking” into a habit can increase your long-term energy, rather than endless multitasking. Breaks are good people, take ’em!
3. Nom Nom
Okay so remember how I said eat fiber and carbs for breakfast? Yeah, but what about at 3pm when you need a pick-me-up energy food? Well, in this case you’re going to want to snack on some protein and complex carbs. Apparently, these two nutrients together increase and sustain your blood sugar, boosting your energy WAY longer than sugar or empty carbs. Here’s some ideas!
4. Just Do It
Walking and physical activity is such an energizer! Your body will love you (as long as you don’t overdo it). Pick some exercise you enjoy, schedule a time each week to do it, and DO IT. Stick to your schedule and don’t negotiate with that time. That is YOUR time. Commitment is a lost art and discipline, let’s bring it back.
5. Choose your friends wisely
This is probably one of the most popular cliches of all time, but cliches become cliche for a reason: because they are true! (usually) If you choose friends who are positive and deposit energy into you as you spend time with them, keep them around! It’s probably not wise to hang around friends who are constantly negative and suck the life out of you. Choose who you surround yourself with wisely. There are so many rich rewards that come from having a life-giving community! Seek and pray for a community that will point you to Christ!
–Elizabeth, former coffee addict, sleep activist, normal person (not really)