#WednesdayWellness: Issue #4

Tips on staying energized if you’re not a morning person 

This article has been written by: Suzie Hart

How to stay awake without coffee

7am: The alarm has rung. The internal battle begins. “Do I wake up now or allow myself 5 more minutes?” you ask yourself, and eventually choose the former option with very little self-persuasion. Then 5 more minutes of sleep turns into 10 which turns into 20. Suddenly you realise an hour has passed and you still feel like you can’t get out of bed. We’ve all had one too many mornings that sound like this. “How do I get out of bed now? Oh right. Coffee.”

Often during the middle of the week, you’re lacking the motivation to get up on time. You’re both mentally and physically exhausted. But you shuffle out of bed and rush to the coffee maker immediately, in order to wake up. Because of this, you may have developed a caffeine dependency so intense that you can’t function without it in the morning. Your words may come out in a grumble, and your mood is so sour…until that coffee hits. 

But if you’re looking for a way to cut that coffee addiction out of your life without having someone stage an intervention, we’re here to help with that. 

So here are some tips to energize you without needing coffee: 

  1. MAKE AN UPBEAT MORNING PLAYLIST

As soon as you wake up, you can turn on your upbeat playlist in the background, and try to keep the volume on semi-loud so that the volume will wake you up in itself.

  1. MORNING EXERCISE

Exercise may seem like the last thing you’d want to do in the morning when you can’t get out of bed. However, doing a quick morning stretch, warm up, light exercise or a power walk around the block is actually perfect.

Here are five reasons to help motivate you to exercise: 

1) Your body will feed off the workout adrenaline and instantly wake you up.  

2) It will jump-start your productivity. 

3) It will loosen up and awaken your stiff muscles. 

4) Most importantly, it’s a much healthier solution than infusing your body with excess caffeine, as this may cause serious health complications later on.

5) It creates a good discipline of incorporating physical activity into your morning routine

If you incorporate light exercise into your morning routine and make it one of your healthy habits, it is bound to be something you look forward to in the morning.

  1. COLD SHOWERS

A simple but highly effective method. Cold showers regulate your body’s internal temperature and can lead to more alertness, mood-boosting and higher energy levels. However, many people might not prefer having a completely cold shower in the morning, so we would suggest taking a mostly hot bath but turning the cold water on for 30 seconds before stepping out.

  1. POWER SHAKES

Instead of coffee, keep a bottle of power drinks that have energy-boosting ingredients to help you stay awake throughout the day. 

Here’s a link to a list of healthy drinks that will help you stay awake: 10 Drinks to Replace Your Morning Coffee That Will Help You Stay Awake (newsweek.com)

  1. PACK IN THAT MORNING NUTRITION

Try to aim for a protein-packed breakfast or healthy fat foods. Healthy eating has long-lasting energizers that will keep you fresh for longer, whereas with caffeine, the crash is usually inevitable and often makes you feel sluggish.

Here are a few energy-boosting foods that will offer you a healthy alternative to coffee: yogurt, eggs,  a bowl of high-fiber cereal, fruit salad, oatmeal, and so on.

We have now equipped you with a few great energizers to kill that caffeine habit. Now when you wake up in the morning and think about why you should get out of bed – we hope coffee will be the last thing on your mind, as you work towards healthy habits for your lifestyle.

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