Feeling that mid-day energy drain? Need a boost to get you started in the morning? You're not alone. Many of us find ourselves in need of a quick pick-me-up to get us through the day. The good news is that there are several great solutions to slay your sluggishness. Read on to learn how protein, water, and even good cheer can give you an instant infusion of much-needed energy.

Think Protein Whether you're thinking of a full meal or just want to grab a quick snack, focus on protein-packed bites. Foods rich in protein provide your body with fuel that takes longer to digest than carbohydrates. This provides your body with a longer-lasting energy spark. Want to kick it up a notch? Try combining complex carbs with protein.

Chewing for Energy Crunchy foods like pretzels and carrots put your jaw to work. The mini-facial workout can perk you up instantly. Or try chewing on peppermint or spearmint-flavored gum. The minty-scent will invigorate you, and if that's not enough, the simple act of chewing will keep you more alert.

S-T-R-E-T-C-H You may not have the time to take a mid-day break for a yoga class, but a quick stretch will do a sleepy body good. Stand up on your toes and reach your fingers for the ceiling. Reach. Reach. Reach for it! Feel the tug in your calves, abdomen, shoulders, and up through your arms. Now relax. Take deep, full breaths. And do it again. Ahh – instant energy!

Laugh Science tells us that a hearty laugh is great for your energy levels. Robert R. Provine, PhD, author of Laughter, says a good chuckle can raise your blood pressure and boost your heart rate, which in turn gives you an energy jolt that could make espresso jealous.

Drink Spring Water When you start lagging, your natural reflex might be to swing by the coffee shop and order up a gallon-sized jug of your favorite caffeinated beverage. Well ... Not so fast! While it sounds counter-intuitive to many of us, your coffee pick-me-up could be the culprit that's sapping your energy. The fact is: Caffeinated drinks can contribute to dehydration. And dehydration, in turn, can trigger or exacerbate fatigue. Skip the latte (or limit the size and frequency, at least) and sip spring water from a reusable water bottle and keep yourself hydrated and energized throughout the day.

Keeping a fresh supply of spring water in a cooler in your kitchen or office is as easy as a few clicks on the web. If you live or work in central or southern New Jersey, you can learn about convenient delivery options here.

Follow these tips and your put an end to your mid-day sluggishness! Have any other tips you'd like to share? Please let us know on our Facebook page.