8,000 Starbucks stores are closing today: Here are 10 other ways to stay caffeinated

Today coffee giant Starbucks will be closing 8,000 of its company-owned stores to carry out diversity training for its workers all over the U.S. As you can imagine, people are panicking. Not really, but it is a little stressful if your whole normal coffee routine is thrown off. Now you could just go to a different coffee chain like Dunkin’ Donuts or Peet’s. Or you could try these alternatives for feeling caffeinated. You may end up sticking with some of these in the long run.

Today coffee giant Starbucks will be closing 8,000 of its company-owned stores to carry out diversity training for its workers all over the U.S. As you can imagine, people are panicking. Not really, but it is a little stressful if your whole normal coffee routine is thrown off. Now you could just go to a different coffee chain like Dunkin’ Donuts or Peet’s. Or you could try these alternatives for feeling caffeinated. You may end up sticking with some of these in the long run.

1. Drink a ton of water

Yes, it sounds ridiculous, but plain old water can actually be very effective. “Hydrating first thing increases the chances that you’ll continue throughout the day and prevents dehydration, which causes fatigue,” Sara Ryba, a nutritionist in Scarsdale, New York, told Real Simple.

2. Stay in the light

Go towards the light Carole Ann! It worked in Poltergeist and it can work for you. Sun exposure helps the body produce vitamin D, which is important for good health. It also boosts serotonin levels, which can improve mood and help you sleep better.

3. Eat chocolate

Coffee is great, but chocolate is even better! It is the flavanols in the chocolate that by improving arterial blood flow can help increase your energy levels.

4. Drink matcha

Matcha is all the rage right now and it could replace your caffeine addiction. According to TenzoTea.com, matcha green tea has 70 mg of caffeine per serving and has a longer lasting effect than a cup of coffee.

5. Laugh a lot

An apple a day may keep the doctor away but simply laughing during the day can keep your energy levels up. So check out a short YouTube video or text your funniest friend.

6. Have some kiwi

According to Dr. Oz, a kiwi has 2.5 grams of fiber, which keeps you full and prevents energy lows when you’re hungry.

7. Take a cold shower

If you jump in a cold shower first thing when you wake up, you will definitely be wide awake the rest of the day. Hey, if the Romans used to do it…

8. Drink ginger root tea

It does wonders for your digestion and helps you be more alert.

9. Wear red or burgundy

Certain colors can impact your energy levels and red or burgundy tend to boost them and make you feel more powerful.

10. Exercise

It can be a pain for some of us but study after study shows that whether you do yoga, go running or just jump up and down for 20 minutes can set an energetic, focused tone for the day.

 

Meredith Lepore|is the Deputy Editor of Ladders and can be reached at mlepore@theladders.com.