Top 5 ways to double your energy without caffeine [ column]

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My weekly column on lifestyles at is up. Here’s how it starts…

It’s one of the most common complaints on the planet and it comes in many forms:

  • “I just sat down, you get up.”
  • “I’m too tired, too achey, too frazzled.”
  • “Can’t a person have 5-minutes to just chill out?”
  • “I’m burned out.”
  • “I’m feeling a little… run-down, weak, lazy”

While there may be other contributing factors…

Lack of energy plays a pretty major role in all these excuses.

Over the last ten years, motivated largely by the ability to stay awake for insane hours and operate on hyper-speed, caffeine and sugar-packed energy drinks have become the go-to fix for gamers and students. But, what about non-gamer grown-ups?

How do you energy-up, without loading up on stimulants?

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6 responses to “Top 5 ways to double your energy without caffeine [ column]”

  1. NO CAFFEINE?? JON! STOP THE MADNESS! Cripes, I get up before the sun does… and you’re telling me no caffeine?

    But I’ll admit – some laps around the skating rink do wonders to make me feel more wide awake in the afternoon. ‘Course, then I don’t feel like going back to work…

  2. Jonathan Fields says:

    @ James – Ha! ha! Do as I say, not as I do! Just kidding.

    While energy drinks jammed with enough caffeine and sugar to levitate a cow frighten me, I have to admit I enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the morning (decaf every other day…oh, the tragedy!).

    Interestingly, there is a real split in the research about moderate caffeine intake, leaving no real harmony on the one-cup a day advice bandwagon. And, I figure, as long as I have to wait for a definitive answer…I might as well enjoy a nice cup with a few friends! 😉

  3. Jonathan Fields says:

    @ James – PS – Ditto on the exercise thing, does wonders to wake me up around the 4pm hour!

  4. Sometimes we build up energy just to find it being drained a minute later- one of the most effective ways to conserve energy is to throw out energy vampires! People that nag, demand attention (attention=energy), make you feel tired, annoy you with their sad stories and victimlike behavior, or bully you to make you fear them and give them your energy. Some people know how to double their energy very well, or are very potent sources of energy but are suffering from energetic punctures 😉

    Cutting ties with negative or otherwise energy-stealing people is very effective! In the same vein, hanging out with positive, energized people is very stimulating. (That’s why this weblog is so nice to hang out at ;-)…it oozes energy, intelligence and creativity)

    I think a lot of people are scared to ‘reject’ people or be highly selective about the people they let into their lives, or don’t know how to cut the ties. Maybe food for thought…or another blog post? 🙂

  5. Ronit Baras says:

    I like it.
    I agree.
    Have tried them all, they work!
    Great tips, I loved them.
    Thank you.

    Ronit Baras
    The Happiness coach

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