If you aren’t a morning person, you may find it a challenge to summon the energy to face your daily routine. Apparently it takes around two hours or less for the average person’s brain to really wake up, so it is easy to see why many of us have to drag ourselves out of bed. You don’t have to continue stumbling through your morning though. Here are some great tips to boost your energy and shake up your routine.
The Right Light
Sunlight signals the body that it is time to wake-up. Keeping the curtains open is one way to get your sun exposure, or you can get an alarm clock that simulates it. Either way, spend a few minutes in front of a sunny window and maybe do a little stretching.
Go for a low to moderate workout to get the blood flowing, and to trigger endorphins that can help you beat the midday slump. A morning walk or 15 minutes of yoga should help loosen the muscles and improve your mental focus.
Showering in the morning provides a great opportunity for an energy boost. Change up your shower routine by including bath products that contain peppermint or rosemary – both good for mental clarity. Or you can simply apply a few drops to a cloth and inhale the scent.
Drinking a glass of water with lemon in the morning is thought to have many health benefits. Lemon water helps cleanse the digestive system, reduces inflammation, improves the immune system and boosts your energy. Squeeze half a lemon into a glass of water and drink 15 to 30 minutes before eating breakfast to enjoy the benefits.
What you have for breakfast can really go a long way toward making or breaking the first half of your work-day. Cut down on refined sugar and consider including sources of lean protein, fruits and veggies, and complex carbohydrates in your morning meal. Whole-grains, turkey, avocado, yogurt, eggs and bananas are some good options.
Taking a multi-vitamin can help counteract a deficiency of nutrients in your diet. Eating a balanced diet is the best way to meet your energy needs, but there are supplements that can help with fatigue. Magnesium, Vitamin B12 and folic acid are a few supplements that can boost your energy if you are deficient in them.
And last but not least, get a good night’s sleep for a better morning. 8 hours of sleep is about average, though some people may need more. Stay on a daily schedule and avoid trying to catch up on sleep after your week is done.
I hope these tips will help you stay on your game and rock your morning routine in future. Making simple changes is sometimes all that is necessary to see an improvement in your energy levels, so you can stay focused and more productive throughout your day.
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