Coffee is super-addictive, especially when you add in all of the extras, like syrups, sugars, creams, and other unhealthy stuff. And, while coffee is okay in moderation, many coffee drinkers go way overboard, consuming up to 5 cups of sugar-laden coffee daily. Luckily, there are more natural methods to feeling awake and alert in the mornings, and throughout the day.
Have a Healthy, Nutritious, Revitalizing Breakfast
Breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day, and it’s true for people that need to feel revitalized and refreshed through the afternoon and beyond. Most grab-and-go breakfast foods are filled with sugar and preservatives, which spike your blood sugar and give you temporary energy boosts. Then your blood sugar crashes, causing that ugh feeling that makes you want to nap in the afternoon.
Instead of grabbing a donut or other sugar-laden pastry for breakfast, aim to wake up a little earlier to make something nutritious and healthy. Omelets, for example, can be super-healthy, especially when loaded with cheese, meats, and loads of veggies. Or, if you don’t have much time, throw some fruits and veggies together in a blender with a shot of protein powder.
Do 15 Minutes of Stretches in the Sunshine
There’s nothing quite as beautiful as the sunshine streaming in through cold morning air. So, step outside and stretch in the sunshine. Limber up your legs with backwards kicks, stretch your arms over your head, and take deep, slow breaths to promote the revitalization of your lungs, nerves, and mind.
Take a Cold Shower—No, Really.
Cold showers might sound like an after-date trick to calm your libido, but it works for waking up the mornings too. The cold temperatures wake up your nerves and give your mind a jolt, causing an instant adrenaline rush that floods your body. If you can’t stand directly cold water, consider adjusting the knob until you reach a comfortable coolness after you get in.
Run Through Your Daily To-Do List Out Loud
Sometimes people are motivated by the things they want to accomplish in a day, work-wise or not. Say your to-do list out loud. Make it a little song or rhyme. Just run through all of the things you need to achieve before day’s end, then lead off with a pep in your step. You could even pre-layout your dailies with contract tracking software that comes with a spreadsheet system.
Despite popular belief, you don’t NEED coffee to function. You simply need a more natural, healthier way to wake up your body and mind in the mornings.