It's 9:00 AM. Your coworker is asking if you have seen the latest episode of Westworld, but you stare fixedly at your phone. You can't stand the thought of looking her directly in the eyes and actually having to feign interest in the conversation. Your eyes ache and no yawn can soothe the exhaustion that consumes you. Biting your tongue, you accept that you are minutes, no seconds, away from snapping on this coworker, telling her that her eyebrows are drawn unevenly, but then you remember that you haven't had your morning cup of coffee. Crisis averted… for now.
Research finds that over 85% of American adults consume some form of caffeine daily, consuming 164 mg on average. At least 68 million Americans drink three cups of coffee every single day and over 50% of Americans over the age of 18 consume caffeine on a daily basis. Be it coffee, tea, soda, or energy drinks, a majority of the country is dependent on caffeine to drive performance and maintain energy, and it can be dangerous for our health if left unchecked.
Like most students, I had my fair share of all-nighters and excessive caffeine consumption during undergrad. There were definitely moments when I drank so much coffee and tea that it literally would stop working, or worse, have the opposite effect and make me sleepy. Plus, one million Starbucks runs really take a toll on your bank account. I was forced to confront my growing caffeine dependence (and poor time management habits), seeking out sources of energy that did not involve hardcore caffeine consumption. And, so should you.
Here are 5 ways to boost your energy without caffeine:
This seems so basic, but drinking more water was really a game changer for me. A 2015 British study found that 1 in 5 people who went to their doctors complaining of severe exhaustion were actually dehydrated. Remember, it's recommended that women drink a minimum of nine cups of water a day while men should drink a minimum of 13. So, stay hydrated and consider drinking a glass of water before reaching for that cup of coffee.
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Beyoncés Renaissance tour may be winding down, but the queen of the Virgos is just getting started. Since the tour’s inception, fans have adopted the Renaissance aesthetic into their fashions, flaunting cowboy accessories and denim, all while being dripped in silver. But now that it is Virgo season, the beloved artist, whose tour is now reportedly the highest-grossest tour by a woman, has asked fans to break out the silver in honor of her birthday season.
"Virgo season is upon us. This tour has been such a joy and as we approach the last month, my birthday wish is to celebrate with you wearing your most fabulous silver fashions to the show 8.23 – 9.22," Beyoncé wrote on her Instagram Story. "We'll surround ourselves in a shimmering human disco ball each night. Everybody mirroring each other's joy, Virgo season together in the House of Chrome. See you there!"
The “Cuff It” singer’s birthday is September 4. So, while you may be searching for the last bit of silver clothing and accessories online and in stores for the next tour stop, don’t forget the nails. Having your nails dipped in silver is the perfect way of being styled from root to tip. Below are ten different nail styles to choose from to complete your Renaissance look.
This nail set is strictly for the Virgo gworlssss.
If you're wanting a simple pop of silver, then these chrome nails are perfect.
This nail set incorporates both the silver and cowgirl aesthetics that make up the Renaissance theme.
Plastic Off The Sofa
These 3D transparent nails are stylish and stunning.
Chrome nails are having a moment, and these chrome edges are chic and edgy (pun intended).
Bling, Bling, Bling
These blingy nails will make a bold statement when you walk into the concert.
These nails are out of this world, literally.
These chrome nails are like wearing a piece of art at your finger tips.
Take a walk on the wild side and try this daring nail shape.
These silver nails are giving holographic realness, honey.
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