Become a High Energy Morning Person
So half of you are morning birds and half of you are night owls. Sometimes being a night owl does us more harm than good, especially when you are forced to get up at the crack of dawn for school or work... or both!
Here are things that you can start doing daily that will leave you waking up with more energy and make morning a little less painful!
Morning Routine Tips!
The first thing that you need to start doing is waking up the same time every day regardless of what time you went to bed. This is so that you can sync your body with your daily schedule. Wake up the same time even on weekends.
Let the sunshine into your bedroom in the mornings. Exposure to bright and natural light is the best way to signal your brain that it's time to wake up.
Getting up and getting outside for a quick workout is even better. The mornings are a great time to get your workout in. Waking up a few minutes early to workout will guarantee that you get your daily exercise in. If you wait till later in the day you are more likely to have scheduling conflicts and come up with excuses.
Opt for a green juice smoothie or egg whites with avocado for breakfast. Avoid high grain foods. Grainy cereals can disrupt blood sugar levels that are responsible for mid-morning energy crashes.
Breakfast should be high in protein so a meal replacement shake would also be a good idea. This will keep energy levels stable. A cup of coffee is acceptable but limit it to only one.
Avoid drinking coffee later in the afternoon as it can disrupt your sleep after in the day. Instead drink green tea for a mid-afternoon energy boost.
While we are on the topping for drinks, make sure you start to drink water. Drinking water throughout your day is key to staying hydrated.
Make sure that you are taking breaks throughout your say and getting time away from your desk. For lunch eat a meal that is high in protein and veggies. A perfect meal would be a salad with kale, spinach, pumpkin seed, and organic chicken. Kale helps the liver remove toxins from your body which could otherwise make you feel sluggish. If you constantly find yourself low on energy you could be missed key vitamins like vitamin D or vitamin B complex.
The best time for a afternoon snack is around 4pm since this is the halfway point between lunch and dinner. Best type of snack to have would include raw nuts, fruit or a green juice. Avoid prepackaged foods as they are usually high in sugar which will mess with you blood sugar levels and cause energy crashes.
After work it is important to leave your work at work and de-stress from the day. Practice deep breathing and stress reducing exercises like yoga. Stretching from yoga will help relax your muscles and the meditation will clam and relax your mind. Yoga classes are affordable with the right at-home yoga programs.
A few tips to get you off to bed the right way... Don't drink alcohol. A glass of wine with make you sleepy but it will also disrupt sleep pattern making you wake up tired and groggy. Avoid all screens and electronics at least 30 minutes before bed. Beds are for sleeping, not watching TV. Try to get your bedroom as dark as possible and slightly lower the room temperature in preparation of sleep.