Though you may find it hard to believe, there really are techniques and things that can make you feel better than a cup or two of coffee in the morning. In fact, there are techniques you can learn that will help you to wonder why you ever reached for java in the first place.
You might be thinking I’m crazy right now and that’s okay. I haven’t had my coffee yet, but I’m raring to go. I just plain don’t need the stuff anymore. Actually, I got so I was becoming too dependent on coffee to keep my motor running. I also couldn't seem to wake up without it.
Then, as I drank more and more of the stuff, I began to notice my heart beating harder and harder because of the caffeine load. Well, that began my journey to learning what else there was out there. Now…I’m here to share it with you. Cool thing is, there are lots of options. Let’s get started.
Here are the 12 techniques that will give you more energy in the morning than coffee. In fact, not just morning, but anytime.
1. Drink Water
H20 is a great way to get going in the morning. Hydrating yourself will pep you up just about quicker than anything. If you can drink up a full glass, that’s even better. You will be amazed at how a jolt of yummy cold water will rev you up in the morning.
Though by no fault of your own, your body became partially dehydrated during the night. Of course, you are one of those who drink a lot during the night. This dehydrated state leads to making it a little more difficult to wake up and get going.
Thus you replenish the missing fluids and your body will get going for you.
2. Get Moving
Exercise or some type of similar activity will help astronomically to get you going. By raising your heart rate and blood pressure your body has to wake up. You will get the blood pumping faster through your heart and your brain. Wake up time…..
Whether your exercise is about walking on the treadmill, running a mile or 10, playing the Wii or hitting the stair climber, that part doesn’t matter. Sure those varying degrees of activity are important if you have other initiatives, but for the waking up purpose, just get moving.
3. Creative Work
Depending on what you like to do or what you want to learn maybe, you could paint, draw or write. Maybe you like writing with pen and paper or perhaps typing on your laptop. If you can get your creative juices flowing on any type of hobby or interest you enjoy, it will help to stimulate your brain to wake up.
Some writers will tell you that their best time is first thing in the morning when they are actually waking up. Whether that is because the subconscious has been at work during the night or what, I don’t know. I just know that the act of stimulating your creative mind helps to awaken your senses and your brain.
4. Turn Off Your Computer at Night
Okay, this might sound a little funny since we are talking about getting rid of coffee in the morning, but hang on a sec and listen to what I've got to say.
Research shows that staying connected to a screen of any kind like laptop, PC or television actually disturbs the sleep cycle. People who carry phones and tablets to bed and stay on the stuff right up until they close their eyes tend not to rest as well.
That said, turn off the screens at least an hour or so before you’re planning to head to bed. You can read, write or listen but get the screens and images out of your face.
5. Step Into the Light
No, I’m not being funny here. Honestly, really and truly, if you will find a way to bathe yourself in fresh beautiful light in the morning your circadian rhythm will help you awaken. The light receptors in your eyes will become stimulated by the light and realize “oh…it’s really time to wake up.” Actually, you can fool your body into thinking it’s later than it is.
Pretty cool huh. You betcha it is. It doesn’t matter if you have sunshine or not. You can use daylight bulbs or even just bright bulbs will help. Give it a try and see how much more awake you begin to fee.
6. Green Tea is an Option
Okay I didn’t say we would necessarily leave caffeine all the way out of the picture. Though green tea does contain a small amount of caffeine, it is nothing when compared to its counterparts.
There is just enough caffeine in green tea to get you going without overdoing it. The antioxidants in this beverage will also help your body to feel better each and every day. This will allow you to get up feeling more relaxed and refreshed. This will in turn make it easier for you to awaken in the mornings.
Since we are on the topic of relaxing, as crazy as it sounds this can help you wake up. Now I know you are probably thinking something like “okay, this guy has really lost it now,” but I would challenge you to stop just a moment to ponder.
Just consider for a moment if you would that the act and art of the meditation experience help a person to center. If you would give yourself back just a few moments in your morning and have some peaceful reflection, you will win back that time tenfold throughout the day.
8. Having a Purpose is Critical
As in most human endeavors, a purpose is of strategic importance when it comes to waking up in the morning. You know how it is. If you go to bed with nothing to look forward to in the morning, you might not want to get up.
If you go to bed and remember the exciting reasons you have to arise in the morning and all the things you want to accomplish, then you will more than likely want to get up and get started. You might want to think of this as brain exercise.
Go to bed each night after reading through your schedule for the next day. Be prepared for the next day when you wake up to greet it. You’ll be very glad you did.
9. Keep to a Schedule
No matter whether you are working or off or on vacation, you should pretty much stick to the same schedule in order to keep your body system in sync. You can stay up 30 minute to an hour later and sleep 30 minutes later in the morning, but don’t vary much beyond that or you can mess up your circadian rhythm.
If you mess up your regular sleep patterns and throw your cycle off every weekend, you will inevitably pay the price for the next couple of days trying to get back on track. So, how do you deal with this in the first place so you don’t have to worry about coffee? Stick to a schedule.
This doesn't mean you have to solve super complex problems or anything, just get thinking. Maybe if you read the newspaper, solve crossword problems, maybe play something like Suduko, if that’s something you are interested in.
If games is not your thing and reading puts you to sleep, try chatting with a friend or talk to a relative you should be catching up with every week. Catch up on family news and make sure you let them know you love them. This will start your day off right and make you feel good the rest of the day.
11. Pump That Iron
This may sound a little funny, but it’s entirely serious. You can sit on the bed or a chair. Stand in the bathroom or anywhere you would like. Just use a simple pair of hand weights and pump 3 sets of 10. This will get your body cranking and your psyche will come right along with it.
Not only will you get the adrenaline wake up, but you will also get the psychological energy from feeling good about yourself. The act of doing something to improve how you look and how you feel naturally perks up the mood and makes you more alert and excited to begin the day.
12. Get Your Groove On
That’s right. Even if there is someone around who will see you, just pretend they are not there. Stick a CD, mp3 or an old record on. Crank up the oldies or the newbies and let ‘em roll.
Since you’re getting the music creative side of you cranking you might as well put some moves to the music and wake up your body a little more. You don’t have to be a dance professional to get moving to a good song.
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Whatever methods you choose to use to get yourself going in the morning, there are lots of options to improve your wake up. If you will give one, two or even more of these alternatives, you will be guaranteed to be able to leave the coffee grind behind.
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