Do you struggle throughout the day without your caffeine fix? Need five cups before 10am to keep you going? Well, there are plenty of healthier, more effective ways to wake up in the morning, so ditch the Starbucks and follow our tips…
Eat an apple
Eating fruit in general is a great way to start the day, but apples trump them all. The benefits of the apple are endless. They contain fructose, a natural sugar that wakes you up properly as well as other carbohydrates that help stabilise your blood sugar levels. An apple’s goodness is released slowly in your body, keeping you awake for longer. There’s no caffeine crash with an apple either, so there’s no need to overload on apples every hour like you might with coffee. Pair with Greek yoghurt to feel fuller for longer.
Drinking a cup of cold water when you wake up will not only feel great but will trigger your adrenaline and boost blood flow to your brain. Think about it – humans are made up of around 65% water, so after you’ve been asleep for the average 6 to 8 hours, your body is crying out for hydration. Drink two litres of water throughout the day to stay alert – plus your skin will look amazing, your metabolism will grow and productivity will be sky high.
Taking a cold shower probably isn’t the first thing you want to do after crawling out of your warm, cosy duvet, but it will definitely wake you up. The instant change in temperature can actually relieve stress and make you feel more alert. If chilly temperatures scare you, splashing your face with cold water is easier and has similar effects without being such a shock to the system.
If you just can’t resist a warm pick-me-up in the morning, pick tea over coffee. Although there is still caffeine in tea, there is considerably less and it is better for you. Try green tea to boost your immune system and exercise endurance or black tea to decrease blood pressure – the list is endless. Swap coffee for tea today and you won’t regret it.
Again, probably the last thing on your mind when you wake up, but even doing some stretches or a few jumping-jacks will help to ward off fatigue and will make you feel energised and alert for the rest of the day. Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good and ready for action. Whether you go for a half an hour jog or do five minutes of stretches, you should feel better in yourself. So dust off your work-out gear and get exercising!
Get some more sleep
Seems obvious right? Getting to bed later and later in the evening is a bad habit to break. For a few nights, discipline yourself by going to bed at a decent hour. Not only does sleeping help those under eye bags, your focus is better, you learn things easier and it can even help with your blood pressure. If you're tackling exercise as well, you're sure to perform better as well.
There are plenty of habits you can form to feel awake and alert without coffee, you just have to find the ways that work best. So forget your quick-fix cappuccino and adopt a heathier, longer-lasting morning wake-up method.
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