Whether you’re a seasoned professional at 6am starts or a major night owl, lacking energy in the morning is a common problem. It’s always easy to reach for a strong coffee in the morning to get you through the day, but actually, there are some really genius ways to give you some pep in your step!
Bad mornings can be caused by looking at your phone first thing, being overworked, eating the wrong things, having bad sleeping patterns and drinking too much caffeine. We all do it, but these things will definitely wake you up.
Use a wake-up light
That sleepy, sluggish feeling you get in the winter morning is called sleep inertia. When you wake up and have no energy, (and can’t get yourself out of bed) it’s mainly because the winter mornings are too dark to trigger your body’s natural wake-up phase. You need light to do that. Which is why artificial dawn is the key ingredient to waking up with bags of energy. Using a wake-up light will help you gently wake up and give your brain signals that it’s time to wake up without ripping you out of your sleep state.
The Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30 Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock is the number one bestselling wake-up light. It features sunlight and sunset options to help you get into a crucial pattern. Available here.
Start the morning with a supplement
If you’re feeling low and down in the dumps, your body might not be getting what it needs. A supplement powder that contains everything your body needs to work harmoniously. Equi Fundamental powder is our favorite in the office at the moment. It tastes like coconut so I like to add it to a glass of juice or water in the morning! Thanks to the Vitamins B12 and B6 it contains, it will reduce tiredness and give you a boost that doesn’t rely on coffee. Available here.
Do the same activity every morning
If you do the same activity every single morning your brain will be trained to expect a morning routine. You will feel sharper, clearer and you’ll be ready to tackle the day because you’ll be training yourself into a routine, this way the first thing on your list is almost second nature. These days, instead of reaching for my phone I reach for a bottle of water. Whether it’s a cold shower or a ten-minute yoga routine, stick to it and depend upon it.
Write your routine on a notecard
Write your ideal routine down on a notecard or somewhere that you’ll see it every day. Don’t expect everything you have to do to stay in your head, take some of the uncertainty and confusion out of your morning by planning it out and following it until it becomes second nature. Build your morning routine around what will give you energy. Do you really need to spend 30 minutes in bed checking your phone?
Don’t put on the TV
TV is a major distraction in the morning, I personally never watch it when I’m getting ready. It zaps your concentration and puts your brain back into rest mode. What are you thinking about while a morning TV program is on? Mainly nothing, right? This will make you feel really tired. Instead, listen to the radio or a podcast as you get ready. Try to choose high-energy playlists or podcasts that actually make you think!
Eat something with coconut oil
Having two tablespoons of coconut oil every morning has been shown to increase energy levels by 5% in a 24 hour period. This is because coconut oil contains a unique form of saturated fats called MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides). When digested, these MCTs are transported directly to the liver and converted into energy instead of stored as fat. The ultimate natural energy boost!
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