Don't consider yourself to be a morning person? Same. Waking up feeling tired and grouchy can really ruin your whole day — and when this happens every day, it can become a bit of an issue. But don't despair! We've discovered five things that can help you feel more energized in the mornings, and that will certainly have an effect on your day ahead.
1. Wake up to music.
Instead of waking up to a screeching alarm, you should try waking up to your favorite song so you feel good from the very get-go. A nifty gadget that will help you do this is the Philips Wake-Up Light ($149.99, Amazon), which has a radio FM and a special sunrise feature. Inspired by nature's sunrise, the alarm clock gradually releases light for 30 minutes so you wake up naturally instead of suddenly. So long, bad mornings.
2. Hydrate right away.
There are a lot of benefits to drinking water, but drinking a couple of glasses first thing in the morning (instead of your regular coffee) can work wonders. After roughly eight hours of sleep, we tend to be slightly dehydrated in the morning, so a good helping of water can rehydrate us, fire up our metabolism, and give our brain some much-needed fuel. Basically, it's a win-win.
3. Activate your brain.
We bet that the first thing you do when you wake up is turn on the TV to check the news. (Us, too.) But aimless screentime in the morning isn't the best way to wake up your brain. Instead, you should indulge in some light brain-activating activities, like a crossword puzzle or Sudoku. Go on, get those brain cells fired up!
4. Eat an energy-boosting breakfast.
Breakfast (aka the most important meal of the day) should not be overlooked. Lining your stomach before you embark on a big day is a really wise decision, because it will keep you feeling energized and full. Opt for a morning meal that will release energy slowly, like avocado on wheat toast topped with crumbled feta and pomegranate. Mmmm.
5. Finish a morning workout.
There's no better way to get your blood pumping first thing in the morning than with a high-intensity workout — and it doesn't have to cut into your busy schedule. There are plenty of short 10-minute workouts on YouTube, so you can burn a few calories before hopping into the shower.
This post was written by Polly Foreman. For more, check out our sister site heatworld.