Don’t you hate it when your alarm clock goes off and you can only think about how many times you can hit snooze before you HAVE to get up? Well, instead of pretending your day didn’t start or making a mad dash to the kitchen for a heavily caffeinated drink to pry your eyeballs open, perhaps you should try one of these other 10 natural ways to wake up. All of these methods can be used any time you’re feeling a little sluggish, not just in the mornings!
1. Get your superfoods
Superfoods and superfood ingredients can help you maintain energy levels throughout the day. Not into a bowl full of kale and spinach? What about a chocolate shake? Shakeology has a dose of dense nutrition from superfood ingredients and tastes like a cheat meal.
2. Drink a big glass of water
Yes, WATER! When your body’s dehydrated, you feel tired. Even if you don’t feel thirsty when you first wake up in the mornings, down some H2O and you’ll feel ready to take on the day!
3. Go for a walk and get moving
First move your body, then your brain will follow. Even if it’s just a 10-minute walk around the block every morning, you’re getting your blood flowing which will quickly make your brain feel alert. Plus, it’s just a nice way to start the day.
4. Be sunny side up
One of the best ways to jump-start your day is with natural sunlight. As soon as you possibly can, open the blinds and soak up some sun.
5. Stimulate your brain with crossword puzzles
A brain at rest tends to stay at rest. But a brain that’s “puzzled” is an alert soldier. Not into crosswords? That’s okay. Just find something small and interesting that puts your brain to work.
6. Sniff some essential oils
Awaken your senses by giving your brain a lube job. Mint, citrus, and jasmine scents can wake up the brain while getting you fired up for the day.
7. Call your mom (or someone else you love!)
There’s no better way to get your heart racing and brain bouncing around than having a convo with your mama or someone you haven’t spoken to in awhile.
8. End showers with a cold splash of water
No, that’s not a mean joke. While we all love a long, hot shower to feel refreshed in the mornings, the heat actually could make you sleepier than you already are. But if you can’t dare to douse your entire body in cold currents, splashing cold water onto your face works wonders too.
9. Limit your carb intake during breakfast
While a sugary bowl of cereal, a stack of warm pancakes, or a toasted bagel smothered in cream cheese sounds scrumptious, all those carbs will make your body crash within a few hours. Instead, load up on protein in the mornings (perhaps with a Shakeology)—which is powerful fuel for the long haul.
10. Focused Energy Boost
If you know your day is going to be extra-long or extra-tiring, a scoop of Focused Energy Boost in your beverage of choice might do the trick. Formulated with superfood-sourced ingredients, this “boost” of wholesome energy can help reduce mental fatigue. And the best part is, if you order Focused Energy Boost between now and August 15th, you’ll receive up to 20% off your order. Click HERE to learn more.