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.
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.
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Write your routine on a planner
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. The best way to do this is to plan your meals out already, write in your workouts and stay on track of how your day begins before it actually begins. You can easily do this with a planner with more than one view, like the Getting Stuff Done planner.
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!