Everyone experiences extra exhaustion from time to time. This is especially true in the modern day and age. Most people push through this with a pot of coffee or an energy drink. While this can work in the short term, these habits can be damaging if done consistently. Here are five healthier alternatives to help you conquer the urge to snooze.

Go For A Walk

Sometimes the reason we feel tired is not because of too much physical activity, but too little. An easy way to give yourself a little boost is to take a short walk. If you can, walk outside in the fresh air. It’s ok if your circumstances prevent an outside stroll. Even just walking around the house or office for five minutes can help. Walking has many other health benefits. Try to walk for a few minutes regularly throughout the day regardless of whether or not you feel sleepy.

Find Something To Laugh About

Many people might not think about laughter as part of health. It seems strange that something as simple as laughing can have a positive effect on the body. As the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. It may not be a miracle cure, but laughter is definitely good for the soul.

Laughter causes a reduction of stress hormones in the body. Too many stress hormones will often cause a drop in energy levels. In addition, sometimes we feel tired simply due to the monotony of the daily grind. Taking a moment to experience or remember something funny can help lift your mood and also your energy levels.

Drink More Water

The majority of people are chronically dehydrated. Unusual exhaustion during the day is one sign of dehydration. So, the next time you’re feeling the mid-afternoon slump, grab a glass of water instead of a coffee. Your body will probably thank you. For an extra kick, squeeze in some fresh lemon juice. Doing so can also help detoxify the body, which can lead to higher energy levels over time.

Do Yoga

Yoga is a powerful way to gently strengthen and stretch the body. It can also be an effective method of relaxation and stress reduction. When the body has too much stress it can make you feel tired and lethargic. Having a short five to fifteen-minute yoga routine allows you to complete it during a break or your lunch at work.

You don’t have to be an expert or know dozens of poses. By learning five to ten simple movements, and combining them together in a way that flows, you can create your own personal routine. Of course, if you want more, there are thousands of yoga classes available throughout the U.S.

Take A Cold Shower

There is some research being done about the potential health benefits of cold exposure. While not much is conclusive yet, there is no doubt it can serve as a strong wake-up call. Luckily, there is an easy way to implement this. At the end of your normal shower, turn the water as cold as you can stand for up to three minutes. This has the added benefit of closing your pores which can help prevent breakouts.

There are plenty of great methods to beat exhaustion without binging on chemical stimulants. The most basic methods rely on eating properly, exercising regularly, and sleeping well. If one of those things is missing in your life, start there. If, however, your lifestyle is already a healthy one, consider trying some of these tips the next time you’re wishing you could take a nap. Looking for more? Check out these tips from Harvard on boosting energy naturally.