Caffeine-Free Habits To Perk You Up in The Morning
By Therese Aseoche
It’s always a struggle to wake up in the morning, especially for those who—like me—hate to leave the clutches of our warm, comfy beds. So we reach out for a hot cup of joe, thinking a dose of caffeine will solve the morning grogginess only to find out that it just make us crash sooner or later in the day. So ditch that coffee maker or packet of 3-in-1 and try out these certified caffeine-free habits to start your day right.
8. Get up at the same time everyday
Sometimes the grogginess you feel in the morning is the result of your sleeping habits. The best way to overcome the sleepy spell is by keeping your waking up time consistent. If you wake up at 7 A.M. for work on weekdays, wake up at the same time on weekends too. You’ll hate it at first, but after a month of doing it (without cheating!), you’ll realize that your body has quickly adapted to it that no matter how early or late you get to bed, you’ll be waking up at the same time every day without much fuss.
7. Develop a morning routine
When you’ve developed a morning routine, it gives you more motivation to get up and start doing it. Whether it’s working out, or doing yoga, or meditating, or walking the dog, just do one thing you enjoy doing every morning so you’ll start your day feeling happy and refreshed.
6. Eat breakfast
Never skip breakfast. It’s called “the most important meal of the day” for a reason. Skipping breakfast throws your metabolism off balance, causing you to gain more weight (probably the opposite of what you wanted to achieve in skipping meals) and have less energy because of low blood sugar.
5. Watch videos on your phone
Contrary to what most people say, checking your phone upon waking actually helps dispel your drowsiness. It’s the same reason why you shouldn’t use your phone right before sleeping; it makes you feel more alert. So don’t be afraid to reach for your phone and watch some funny videos from your Facebook newsfeed. Just don’t let it consume your entire morning!
4. Play your favorite energizing music
Shake off your sleepiness by getting up to dance! Play your favorite tunes on Spotify and max that volume to keep yourself from falling back to sleep.
There is a wide range of benefits to stretching in the morning, one of which is increasing the energy you need to start the day. It also relieves body stiffness from an evening workout, a bad sleeping position, or sitting on your desk all day in front of the computer, the aches from which might discourage you from getting up.
2. Make your to-do list for the day
Keeping your mind active will help shift your focus from wanting to go back to sleep to something more productive, like planning out your day. Just thinking about what you should do will keep you more mentally alert and motivated to start your day as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can keep your mind active by doing the daily crossword puzzles on the newspaper.
1. Just drink water (or juice)
If you’re still in search for something to drink, just drink water instead of coffee. Or a fruit juice if you want. The important thing is you rehydrate yourself after 7 hours of no water intake. While coffee’s good for a quick boost in energy, it dehydrates you even further in the morning. So reach for a glass of cold water instead; it gives you all the benefits without the consequences.
What other habits do you guarantee will perk anyone up in the morning? Share them with us below!