For the vast majority of us, discounting those early birds that like to get up at 5am, getting up and ready in the morning can be a difficult task that requires a lot of motivation. Once we have finally dragged ourselves out of bed, a lot of us rely on caffeine to give us that boost to kickstart our day. However, caffeine has many negative side effects and we should all consider reducing our caffeine intake or even cutting it out completely.
As well as the obvious point of making sure you are going to bed at a reasonable hour, I have put together some suggestions of how you can kickstart your morning without the use of caffeine.
Don’t snooze the alarm
Setting an alarm is really important if you are prone to oversleeping or just not wanting to get out of bed. Especially during the week (you’re allowed to sleep a bit more on the weekends, I’ll let you!), make sure you are setting your alarm for the same time every day. This will help you build structure and routine into your life – something a lot of us are needing in the current circumstances. Once your alarm goes off, do not press the snooze button! Turn the light on and get out of bed. It may seem a struggle to start with, but it only takes 11 times of doing something to break a habit!
Drink some water
We all know that we need to be making sure we are drinking enough water, but how many of us actually manage the recommended 2 litres a day? It may sound like a lot, but actually it is only just over 4 pints or 8 regular glasses. When you wake up in the morning, you will always be slightly dehydrated as you have gone 8 hours or so without a drink. What better way to start the day than a glass of water? Being hydrated helps you to feel healthier, boosts your metabolism and keeps your brainpower in check.
Get some fresh air
There is no better feeling than fresh air. As soon as I get out of bed, if it’s not already, I open my bedroom window. Not only is it vital for keeping your home aired, but it also gives you that kickstart you need. To add to this, you can even enjoy your glass of water in your garden or go for a gentle walk to wake you up.
Eat a healthy breakfast
It really is true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A healthy, filling breakfast will give you the much-needed energy you require for the morning ahead. Eating breakfast also fires up your metabolism for the day, meaning you will digest food much better. If you are someone that doesn’t already eat breakfast, try starting with some of your favourite fruit but avoid putting sugar on it. If you can, a protein-filled breakfast is the best option as it will keep you full until lunchtime.
Don’t turn on the TV
Turning on the TV is a dangerous move if you are wanting a productive day. You can easily get sucked into a programme, and suddenly what should have been a 10 minute activity has turned into an hour. It can be really hard to get started again after this. Keep the TV as a treat for in the evenings, after you have got all of your tasks done for the day. Which leads me onto my next point…
Create a to-do list
This is my absolute favourite thing to do. Not only does it stop my head from having so much spinning around in it, but there is no better feeling than ticking off a task! I also recommend writing it down physically than having it in your phone notes. This is great for when you’re on the go, but a written to-do list is definitely best for productivity levels. Give yourself a schedule for the day, and try to stick to it as much as possible. Read more about the power of the to-do list here.