4 Ways to get more energy in the morning.
Let’s face it – many of us aren’t very good at dealing with mornings…unfortunate, but true, and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. Yes, there are those amongst us who awaken each morning with an invigorated smile on our faces and a song of joy in our hearts, but those people are the exception…most of us hate the mornings and don’t mind letting it be known.
But the issue of being a slow-starter in the morning is much more than a mere triviality; for some it can cause issues with productivity, especially when it comes to their work. Coping poorly with mornings and struggling to gather up enough energy to carry out your routine can mean that by the time you get to work, you are exhausted, frustrated, and stressed… hardly the way that you would like to start a new working day.
There are a number of things that you can do to help boost your energy in the morning and set you up for a day’s work you can be proud of.
Whilst we can’t promise that these will be 100% effective all of the time, there is certainly good reason to expect that some of them will work at least some of the time! They are certainly worth a try!
Get up immediately; if you are one of those people who like to do battle with their snooze button every morning, this is something that you need to stop. Repeatedly hitting the snooze button achieves nothing other than delaying the inevitable, making you late, and preventing you from hitting the ground running.
There’s even science to back this up! As you are falling asleep your body releases a steady stream of serotonin, creating a happy and relaxed feeling, but when you awaken it releases dopamine to counter the effects of the serotonin and prepare your body for the day. When you hit the snooze button you are essentially allowing your body to simultaneously dump two conflicting neurotransmitters into your body; telling it to both wake up and fall asleep at the same time. All of this to-ing and fro-ing makes it much more difficult to get going when you finally do decide to get up, so it’s best to forgo such techniques.
Eat Breakfast; some people find it almost impossible to eat anything first thing in the morning. Whether that’s because they feel they don’t have the time, or they simply cannot stomach something so soon after awakening, they are setting themselves up for a day where energy is at a premium.
Just imagine that you have your evening meal at 7pm and don’t have breakfast the next morning, if you have your lunch at 1pm the next afternoon, you will have been fasting for 18 hours. Throughout the entire morning you have been basically running on empty, so it’s no surprise that you probably weren’t performing at your best. In fact research has shown that eating breakfast is essential to maintain proper cognitive function, boost your energy, and keep your metabolism on the right track. What’s more, skipping breakfast has been linked to a higher level of incidence of a number of nasty conditions including diabetes, heart disease and obesity. There’s a lot of science involved as well which you can take a look at if you feel so inclined, but it really is enough to know that it is pretty much essential to keep everything working as it should.
Exercise as soon as you can – Engaging in some physical activity first thing in the morning is one of the best ways to kick-start your body and shake off the grogginess left over from your sleep. If at all possible, it helps if this exercise takes place outdoors, since fresh air will help to refresh you and get you ready for the day, but indoor exercise works very well also.
As well as helping to kick-start your metabolism, which is essential for helping to maintain your energy levels, exercise releases endorphins, which act as a mood enhancer giving your an extra early morning boost! But don’t think that you need to spend an hour on the treadmill before work every morning, as even a short burst of exercise has been found to have significant morning benefits.
Get enough sleep – They say that prevention is better than cure and this is certainly the case when it comes to relieving low morning energy levels. The fact of the matter is that people in general don’t get enough sleep, so it’s no wonder that most of us are stumbling around like zombies come 9am. If you find yourself feeling horribly sluggish throughout the day then it’s a pretty sure sign that something isn’t quite right, and that thing is usually your sleep pattern. This is an issue that is becoming ever more prevalent, as technology invades the bedroom, encouraging us to stay awake longer and reducing the amount of quality sleep we get. There is even evidence to suggest that the particular blue light from mobile electronic devices is actively disrupting people’s sleep.
You need to reset your sleep pattern but the problem with this is that it takes a good deal of commitment and requires you to stick to it religiously lest you find yourself right back at square one. However, once you have managed to get yourself into a more effective sleeping pattern, you will soon begin to reap the benefits.
You will notice that there is one rather obvious omission here; coffee. Whilst regular coffee drinkers claim to receive an energy boost from their morning Joe, most of the recent evidence tends to suggest that what they are actually experiencing is a reversal caffeine withdrawal symptoms so we thought it best to leave it out.
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