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20 Ways to Wake Up Without Coffee

Are you one of the millions of people who just can't get the day started without a cup of coffee in the morning? Here are 20 tips for perking up your day without a cup o' joe.

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    Lose the Snooze

    Hitting the snooze button may seem like the best way to delay getting up, but it's not going to help you feel more alert or make up for not sleeping enough. Instead, get up and move around for at least 10 minutes to get the blood flowing. Once you do, you'll be more alert and ready to start your day.

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    Exercise

    While it may seem counterintuitive, exercising can fight fatigue and give you a boost, particularly in the morning. Lacing up your sneakers and getting some physical activity every morning can get those endorphins flowing and provide that spark of energy we're all looking for.

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    Take a Shower

    Showers stimulate the circulatory system and metabolism. So get your brain and body feeling fresh and awake by taking a quick shower.

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    Have a Mint

    For many people, the smell of mint is very invigorating. Try eating a mint candy or even using peppermint shampoo and soap in the morning.

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    Drink Water

    Because your body is mostly composed of water, it makes sense that you need to get enough in order to function at your peak. Try to drink the standard 8 glasses a day to keep your brain and body in tip top shape.

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    Eat Breakfast

    Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It provides the fuel you need for the rest of the day at the time when your body needs it most. It will also make you more productive in the morning.

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    Take Your Vitamins

    A good multivitamin is essential for overall good health and well-being. Taking one daily will also give you the energy you need.

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    Catch Some Rays

    Seeing the sun is a signal to your body that it is not bedtime yet. So get outside for some fresh air and a change in scenery that will do wonders for your mood, motivation, and energy!

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    Grab a Handful of Nuts

    Whether you like almonds, cashews, peanuts or walnuts, nuts can be one of the best sources for a quick energy boost, as they are low in sugar and high in protein. Or if you don't have nuts on hand, try peanut butter instead.

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    Meditation

    Meditation can be a great and effective way to recharge throughout the day. Set aside a few minutes of your day to relax and let your worries go.

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    Try Acupuncture

    Many forms of acupuncture and massage have been shown to help relieve stress, release pain-easing endorphins, and improve energy flow.

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    Go for a Walk

    Whether you go just around the block or a few miles, taking a walk can help wake you up, clear your thoughts, and even improve your mood.

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    Pump Up the Volume

    Our brain's pleasure centers light up when we hear music. So listening to your favorite music will give you an energy and productivity boost.

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    Play with your pet!

    Spending time with your furry friend can not only be fun, it can also make you feel happier and more energetic.

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    Eat Some Fruit

    Fruit, such as apples, provide the nutrients your body needs to generate ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is literally the fuel that your cells use to do everything that requires energy.

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    Avoid Starchy Foods

    If you notice that you feel sluggish after meals, you may be eating too much starch. Starch turns to sugar in the body which will only give you a short-lived energy boost followed by a crash. So skip those starchy foods and try fruit, soups, and sandwiches instead for longer lasting energy.

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    Be Optimistic

    Being a pessimist may actually be making you more tired. A generally upbeat and optimistic view of life will keep your energy level up. Look for the positive in every situation, and you won't be so tired.

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    Consume Less Alcohol

    Alcohol's sedative affects will take hours to recover from, killing your energy level. Also, it can decrease the quality of your sleep and make you groggy the next day.

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    Drink Tea Instead

    A study by the University of London noted that drinking tea can actually reduce the stress hormone levels in the body. Teas are also full of benefits such as antioxidants, decreased risk of cancers and heart disease, and some studies even say it helps your body's immune system!

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    Tea Tree Oil

    Take a whiff! Not only is it a useful astringent, it also packs a potent, refreshing smell! Small vials are available at most bath and beauty shops for under ten dollars, so it's cheap and portable. Use it for aromatherapy alone, or rub a tiny amount on your temples for a cool, tingling sensation.

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