Who wants to jump out of bed in the morning? Ok, if you think that’s impossible to start with, how about eventually waking up naturally without the use of caffeine? Here’s an excellent guest post by Nadia Jones that I’m sure you’ll love.
Early mornings… some embrace them with a warm smile a la Snow White. Others are a bit more apathetic about them, relating more to a well-known “Sleepy” dwarf than a princess.
If you’re in the latter group and find it difficult to shake off your grogginess in the a.m., there are a few things you can add to your morning ritual to perk yourself up naturally, sans coffee and energy drinks—these beverages can actually leave you dehydrated, which makes you even more tired.
Here are 4 quick ways to jump-start your mornings naturally:
Keep the Blinds Open
The easiest way to start your mornings energized is to wake up naturally and peacefully via the sun, not by an annoying alarm clock—our bodies instantly react to changes in light, so if you sleep in a dark room but light seeps through come sunrise, you should wake up on your own. If you don’t trust yourself without an alarm, have it as a backup, but don’t hit the snooze button—resting for even an additional 5 minutes can make you go back into the sleep cycle and it make you even more groggy when you do finally decide to get out of bed.
Do Morning Yoga
Studies show that some yoga poses can actually help curb fatigue because it helps regulate cortisol, a hormone that affects the adrenal gland and your energy levels. As a bonus, yoga also works as a natural energy drink because it requires you to take deep gulps of oxygen—air is needed to invigorate your cells and help keep your body alert. Not to mention that concentrating on your form and balance will give you a quick energy boost all on its own.
Take a Cold Shower
It may not be the most comfortable kind of shower, but the way our bodies react to the lower temperatures is really quite astonishing—according to health experts, cold water has the ability to spike our adrenaline levels, which gives us enough energy to make it through lunch without a fuss. The true trick however is switching intermittently from a warm shower to a cold one. The instant change in temperature will help “shock” your body into an alert state as well as circulate your blood, which also helps stimulate energy.
Eat An Apple with Your Breakfast
Lastly, for years doctors have recommended eating an apple a day to help fight off illnesses like the common cold— and it’s evident why too. Apples contain high levels of vitamin c and other nutrients that can help boost our immunity. Some researchers even believe apples are powerful enough to fight off some cancers. So it shouldn’t really come to a surprise that apples can also help produce energy. The reason is simple: they’re packed with thiamine and riboflavin, vitamins that work to speedily change food sources into energy. Thus adding an apple to your well-balanced breakfast can give you a great boost to start your day.
About the Author
This is a guest post by Nadia Jones who blogs at accredited online colleges about education, college, student, teacher, money saving, movie related topics. You can reach her at nadia.jones5 @ gmail.com.