Do you wake up every morning full of vim and vigour, ready to tackle the day with all of your energy, youthfulness and vitality? No?
Well, as you might expect, you’re not alone.
Many of us virtually sleepwalk through the morning in a serious mental and physical fog, desperately plying ourselves with coffee in an attempt to wake up!
If this sounds like you, you might think you’re just not a morning person, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
But, you’d be wrong about that.
While it’s true we all have varying predispositions to being either a “night owl,” or a “morning person.” But, it is possible to boost your morning energy, with a few simple strategies.
How To Boost Your Morning Productivity
1. Get A Good Nights Sleep
This may seem obvious, but lack of sleep, and insomnia is an epidemic in our fast paced, 24/7 world.
As I’ve said before, most of us need around 8 hours of sleep each night to function at our best.
If this sounds too good to be true, here are a few tips:
Establish a routine
Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day.
Your body loves routine, and sleeping similar hours each day helps adjust your circadian rhythms, so that you naturally fall asleep and wake up refreshed.
Sleep in the dark
Try to sleep in a dark, cool room.
They body responds to light, and it is much easier to sleep in a completely dark room.
Light can actually interfere with the body’s production of melatonin, a neurotransmitter which helps us sleep.
Try to relax before bed.
Vigorous exercise, or mentally stressful activities in the last hour or two before bedtime, can make it more difficult for you to fall asleep.
2. Eat A Healthy Breakfast
One of the main causes of low energy in the morning is low blood sugar due to the overnight fast, and also skipping breakfast.
So, try to eat a balanced breakfast, with a source of protein, whole grain carbohydrates, and fruits or vegetables, as appropriate.
I recommend avoiding sugary, highly processed carbs, as these can trigger rapid peaks and troughs in blood sugar levels, which ultimately rob you of energy.
3. Avoid Excessive Caffeine And Alcohol
Many of us feel dependent on the caffeine in tea or coffee, to get us through the morning, and it does indeed provide a temporary boost.
Unfortunately, this boost comes with a price.
Excessive caffeine can impair your ability to relax, and it can interfere with your usual sleep patterns, too.
Alcohol on the other hand, tends to disturb your sleep cycle, leading to frequent waking, and a poor night’s sleep overall.
4. Exercise In The Morning
One of the best ways to boost your morning energy, and ability to concentrate, is to get some exercise first thing in the morning.
Exercise helps improve your circulation, strength and flexibility, as well as your mood.
Exercising before work also gives you more energy on the job, while boosting your creativity.
As an added bonus, many studies have shown that people who exercise in the morning are the most consistent at staying with their exercise plan.
If you wait to exercise in the afternoon or evening, problems or scheduling conflicts often occur, and prevent you from getting your workout in.
Going for a morning walk, jog, swim session, or working out in your own home, ensures that no matter what else happens that day, you’ve already had a chance to exercise.
5. Create A Morning Ritual
Try getting into the habit of starting your day with a relaxing ritual.
This may include taking time out to simply be thankful for the day ahead, praying, or listening to uplifting music.
These activities will help you to feel more in control of your day, and set you up to deal with whatever life throws at you.
Remember, dreary, sleepy, foggy mornings don’t have to be the norm for you.
With a little planning and preparation, you can start your day full of energy, enthusiasm and vitality!
What are your tips for being more energetic each morning?