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8 THINGS THAT'LL GIVE YOU MORE ENERGY IN THE MORNING

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8 Things That Will Give You Energy in the Morning


Some mornings tend to be better than others. You wake up before the alarm goes off. You have time enough time for your yoga practice. Even the hot cup of coffee tastes better. And when you sit down at your work desk, you feel like you can do anything. However, not all days are like that. Sometimes getting up early in the morning feels like torture. You hit snooze 10 times, which leaves almost no time for you to prepare for the upcoming day and complete your list of essential morning activities. Then you groggily get to work and stare aimlessly at your computer screen for an hour. Sure, we all have been there. While a cup of joe can certainly do the trick, there are many other ways to get your morning boost of energy. Here are eight beneficial things that you can include in your daily routine to kick start your early morning and set the tone for the whole day.


Water 

This might sound simple, but proper hydration is essential for lots of reasons. Since going 7-9 hours without water takes a toll on your body, drinking water helps to wake you up in the morning as well as combat headaches and fatigue. A glass or two of H2O at the beginning of the day also helps to replenish body fluids and starts your metabolism on your right foot, as the body relies on water to ensure all your digestive processes run smoothly. Add ice, lemon or cucumber - or simply drink it straight up.



Exercise 

Regular physical activity has all kinds of energy-boosting benefits, from stimulating endorphins, which can make you feel relaxed and energised, to enhancing concentration, so you are ready to tackle your morning to-do list. Research also shows that individuals who exercise first thing in the morning tend to be more active during the day. However, it doesn't have to be an intense cardio session. No matter if it is yoga, jogging, stretching or even just a brisk walk around the block - do whatever feels best for you to uplift your mood and wake you up in the morning. 


Balanced Breakfast 

Eating a mixture of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and proteins provide a slow release of energy throughout the day, and there is no better time to ensure this nutritional balance than in the morning. While having simple carbohydrates for breakfast would set you up for a crash and leave you craving sugar after a couple of hours later, a more balanced approach will keep you full until lunchtime. For example, you can ensure fat and protein intake by preparing your morning spinach smoothie with chia seeds and peanut butter or by eating eggs along with avocado and whole-grain toast.



CBD Products 

This natural supplement can be a beneficial addition to your routine, providing needed energy and improving your wellness. CBD (stands for cannabidiol) is thought to interact with special receptors found all over the body as part of the biological endocannabinoid system. This system is involved in many crucial bodily processes, such as sleep, appetite, memory, immune response, pain, stress, etc., and is responsible for promoting homeostasis. Intake of CBD oil is known to have a positive effect on this system, which usually results in reduced anxiety, decreased pain levels, improved focus and better quality sleep. CBD is also available in various formats, starting from edibles like CBD gummies, capsules and tinctures to topicals like creams, patches and vapes, allowing customers to find the right product for their needs and individual preferences. 


Aromatherapy 

Aromatherapy is a popular and commonly used technique that has been practised for centuries. Certain scents are used in different ways, and some of them are thought to make a person feel more alert. To benefit from energising scents, you can use room sprays, light some scented candles, add a couple of drops of your chosen essential oil to a diffuser or inhale it directly. While simple smells such as brewing coffee, lemon zest or fresh peppermint may help energise someone almost instantly, you can also try out scents like rosemary, orange or clove that are known to help reduce fatigue and promote a better mood.



Sunbathes 

What could be easier than going outside to receive some fresh air and sunshine while giving your energy levels a boost? A person who gets sunlight first thing in the morning may feel more energised as the short-wavelength blue light found in sunlight helps stimulate the brain. A 2019 study notes that short-wavelength light is essential for suppressing melatonin in the brain, a hormone that causes sleepiness. 


Cold Showers 

While we all know that warm water helps to relax both the body and mind, cold showers can do the opposite, leaving you feeling invigorated and energised. A 2014 review of studies highlight that cold water triggers blood vessels in deeper tissues to dilate, which in turn increases heart rate, blood flow and circulation. Thus, a cold shower can induce the body to wake up and be more alert, making the person feeling more energised. In fact, a 2016 study showed that 91% of participants wanted to continue their cold shower regimen after completing the study because of increased energy levels in the morning. They even reported that cold showers gave them an effect similar to consuming caffeine. In case you don't like the idea of taking a cold shower, splashing cold water on the face can provide a similar stimulating effect.



Your Favourite Activity 

Finally, don't forget to include what you like to do in your morning routine. Stimulating the mind with inspiring or enjoyable activities will help energise you. Not to mention, knowing that you will be doing something fun will make you want to crawl out of bed in the morning. Whether it is a short meditation practice, reading an interesting book or journaling - try to find what you really enjoy doing as well as what motivates you to get out of bed and start moving.


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