Mornings can be challenging for some people. If you are one of those who just feel awful at the start of each day, here are some tips to get your motor running and ready for the day ahead.
A Hot Beverage Will Calm You Down
For most people, the first thing they do when they get up is reach for a hot drink. Hot drinks have a way of calming the mind and the body and provide stimulation to wake you up. But probably the main reason is the caffeine in most hot drinks. Tea and coffee are the most widely consumed drinks in the USA and UK in the morning. So if you need a caffeine boost to jolt your brain awake, you can’t go wrong with a mug of tea or a cup of Proper Strong Coffee. However, try to stay away from energy drinks. They contain caffeine, but they’re very high in calories.
Get Your Motor Running with a Hearty Breakfast
It’s always been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And with good reason. Yet around 25% of people skip breakfast. Which really isn’t good for you. When you sleep all night, you fast your body for (hopefully) at least seven hours. Having no food for this period means your body is slowly deprived of energy and nutrients. And you actually move around quite a lot when you sleep, using the power you have. In addition, your morning intake of food rebalances your glucose levels, so you fill-up the energy you need until lunchtime.
Get as Clean as Possible
You should be hygienic and clean yourself every morning anyway. Your bed is full of bugs that like to feast on human skin cells. And you get covered in all manner of microbial bacteria and dust. In addition, you sweat a lot when sleeping, so you need to clean these off. But showering, bathing or even swishing your face with some hot water is a great way to jolt you back to a waking state. It’s also a good idea to vigorously dry yourself rather than lazing in a towel. Drying actions will help get you in the mood for movement in the morning.
BONUS: Light Morning Exercises
Speaking of movement in the morning, in addition to your shower, exercise is a great way to get yourself up and ready for the day ahead. Exercise isn’t everyone’s idea of fun in the morning. Still, the rise in your core temperature lets your body know you need to be awake:
- Jumping Jacks
- Russian Twist
- Plank to Push Up
- Jump Squats
- Star Jumps
You will find this hard at first. But you need to stick with it because it really does help get your energy levels up. Because of this, exercising in the morning can be just as helpful as taking a hot shower when you wake up. All it takes is five minutes to feel motivated for the morning.
Check Your Plan to Focus Your Mind
Feeling motivated in the morning isn’t all physical. Your mental clarity plays a huge role as well. There might be medical reasons why you have brain fog in the morning, such as poor sleep, stress, anxiety and epilepsy. And vitamins and a change of lifestyle can help with this. But mental clarity also comes from knowing what you need to do. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is to make plans. You may not know what the day will bring for the most part. But you can plan certain things such as meeting people, work projects and appointments.
Meditation Can Get Your Motor Running
For even further mental clarity, you could consider meditation. Meditation is used for many things, and energy and focus are two examples. To meditate for energy in the morning, sit in a quiet room and focus on your heartbeat. Then, concentrate on drawing energy in from where you used it up. These include chatting, exercise and emotions. Take back the energy you need and let it enter your mind and body. Meditate on this for around ten minutes each morning for a surprisingly refreshed feeling. At first, you might find it challenging but stick with it for results.
Top Yourself Up with High Energy Foods
As the morning gets on, at work or at home, you can find yourself feeling tired again. It’s tempting to reach for another caffeine drink or a sugary treat. But these can destabilize your balance and cause you to crash later on. So instead, what you need is foods high in natural energy. Nuts, dried fruits and antioxidants like blueberries and bananas are excellent for giving you a little mid-morning boost. The proteins in these foods also help combat lingering feelings of hunger that will carry you through until lunchtime. And if you skip breakfast, never skip lunch.
You might find it hard to get going in the morning. But there are many things you can do to help. First, of course, tea and coffee help. But showering, breakfast and meditating make a difference.