Her Campus Logo Her Campus Logo
This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at St Olaf chapter.

Whether you want to break your coffee addiction, hate the taste, or you want to save your Cage dollars for finals week, this is the article for you. Every college student could use more energy, more time and more sleep, to name a few things.  Here are a few simple ways to energize and recharge without relying on espresso.


If you’re rating high on the sluggish scale, try a form of light exercise to get your blood flowing. Whether you go for a jog, walk around campus or do jumping jacks in the library, a fitness break can serve as a great energizer.

Study standing up

Studies show that sitting down while doing work increases health risks and exhaustion. Instead of sitting at a desk all day, try working at a standing table.  

Eat well and regularly

Eating a balance of protein, fats and carbs will keep your body alert throughout the day. Try to eat three meals a day at the same time each day. This way your body will accustom itself to a food routine much like a sleep routine.  

Nap it up

Tired? By all means, take a cat nap. Recommended nap time is 15-20 minutes, so you don’t interrupt a sleep cycle. 

Shower and hygiene

Shower.  Wash your face.  Feel refreshed, then go study again.

Dance break

If you need a stress-free break, jump around, sing, dance and be crazy with friends. Let loose and have fun!

Yoga or stretching 

Letting your muscles stretch will wake you up and keep you alert; Yoga, stretches, massages anything to warm up your muscles and get you going! 

ExerciseStudy standing upEat wellNap it up Shower and hygieneBeyonceStretching