I have to be honest with you guys: I’m struggling today. Not only is it a Monday, it’s also the day after Daylight Savings Time, AND it’s the day after I spent the weekend reading a terrifying book that left me with zero sleep (Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – it’s great, but really horrifying). I’m exhausted. I’m so tired that I’m basically a walking zombie. I need all of the coffee today.
Acting like a functional adult and getting my stuff done has been really, really difficult today – all I really want to do is curl up in my bed and go to sleep for a few more hours. But that’s not an option, so instead, I have to focus on trying to wake up. I know that I’m not the only person out there struggling today – or any day, for that matter. Between school, homework, work, and socializing, we’re all exhausted! Staying awake through classes and work hours can be so tough. So how do you keep your energy up even when you’re so tired that you have to fight to keep your eyes open? Here are 12 unexpected tips for staying awake even when you’re exhausted.
Pull On Your EarlobeAcupressure will make you feel a little more alert - when certain pressure points are stimulated, they release tension, promote blood circulation, and enhance energy. Do this wherever you are by gentling pulling on your earlobes, rubbing the space between your thumb and forefinger on the back of your hand, or pressing against just below the back of your knees. Source: ShutterStock
Dim Your Computer Screen LightYou might think that a super bright computer screen light will help you stay awake, but it actually may be doing the opposite. When the screen is really bright, it strains your eyes, causing you to feel sleepier and making it harder to keep your eyes open. If the light is more dim, it will be better for your eyes - and your energy. Source: ShutterStock
Put Chapstick Under Your EyesAs long as you don't have super sensitive skin, try swiping a bit of plain chap stick under your eyes. The tingling sensation helps fight drooping and keeps your eyes open. Source: ShutterStock
Go In The SunlightSunlight might be the best natural way to wake yourself up - but if you're stuck inside a school or an office all day, it can also be the hardest thing to find. Whenever you have a chance, get in the sunlight. It doesn't matter if you just stand in front of a window, or if you run outside for five minutes. It will instantly refresh you and give you a boost of energy. If you can, try switching your desk to a window seat. Source: ShutterStock
Stand In Front Of Cold AirA good burst of cold air might be just what you need when you're exhausted. Try standing directly in front of a fan for a few minutes if possible - the cool air blowing in your face will wake you up right away. If there are no fans around, try standing in front of a freezer or an open window if it's cold out. No cold air to be found? Try gently splashing your face or inner wrists with cold water. Source; ShutterStock
Chew Peppermint GumPeppermint will instantly make you feel a little more energized, and if you don't walk around with mint leaves in your pockets, try walking around with mint gum. Chewing gum gives you something to actively do even when sitting still, and the smell and taste of peppermint will give you a little more energy. Source: ShutterStock
Look At Flashing ColorsGo online to find some flashing colors, or even download an app that has them - I know there's a nightlight one that has flashing colors like this. This will activate your mind and engage your senses a bit. Source: ShutterStock
Avoid Sugary FoodsWhen you're really exhausted, you might reach for the sugar, thinking that the burst of energy it gives you will help wake you up. And it will - for a little bit, until you crash even harder than before. Sugar brings you up, and then brings you way down. In an hour or so, you'll find yourself even more exhausted. Not worth it. Source: ShutterStock
Drink Ice Cold WatetrAgain, cold is great for making you feel more awake. Pack your water with tons of ice cubes, and sip slowly throughout the day. The cold will keep you feeling alert, and the water in general gives you energy - not to mention it's good for you. Source: ShutterStock
Watch A Funny YouTube VideoFew things wake you up as much as a whole lot of laughter. Look for a funny YouTube video to watch for a few minutes, or try joking around with friends. It will leave you feeling a lot more energized than before. Source: ShutterStock
Take Deep BreathsIt may sound like more of a relaxation technique, but taking deep breaths and then slowly breathing them out can make you feel more awake. Source: ShutterStock
Take Some VitaminsYou should be taking vitamins every day, especially if you're always lacking in energy. Some great options are Vitamin B12 or D. Source: ShutterStock