Are you struggling to get up and go in the morning? You’re not alone. More than half of Americans hit the snooze button when they wake up. If you’re tired of hitting the snooze button and dragging yourself out of bed, here are 10 easy ways to energize yourself in the morning.
10 Ways to Energize Yourself in the Morning That Actually Work
1. Start the Day with Meditation
It may seem counterintuitive to meditate in the morning – after all, it’s supposed to relax you – but getting yourself in the right mindset can make all the difference. Think of meditation as a nap for your mind.
Sitting quietly and allowing thoughts to just float by can help clear your mind and help you feel energized in the morning. In fact, a study from the University of Waterloo found that just 25 minutes of mindfulness meditation can help improve energy levels.
Plus, it gives you an excuse to sit in peace and quiet every morning (that’s priceless!).
2. Engage in a Quick Yoga Session
If you’re dragging your feet in the morning, a quick yoga session may be all that you need to add some pep to your step. Like meditation, yoga helps bring you into the present moment and gives your mind a rest. Just 25 minutes can make all the difference in your energy levels for the day.
Some of the top energizing yoga poses include:
- Upward Salute: Stand up tall with your arms straight up above your head, fingers towards the sky. Upward salute is great for combating stiffness and can be exceptionally energizing in the morning.
- Cobra Pose: Lay flat on your stomach. Place your palms face down on the floor close to your ribs with your elbows pointed upward. Press into the ground to lift your chest and torso. Spread your shoulders away from each other. Keep your gaze right out in front of you. Keep your legs engaged, and hold this position for three to five breaths.
- Locust Pose: This pose will strengthen your glutes, back, and hamstrings while helping you wake up in the morning. Start by laying down on your stomach with your arms straight behind you, palms face down by your hips. On the inhale, lift your arms, legs, and feet up off of the ground. Reach your hands back as you stretch and hold the pose for 3-5 breaths.
For a longer practice, try searching YouTube for energizing yoga routines.
3. Add in Crystals to Your Morning Routine
- Carnelian: Keep this orange stone in your pocket for a quick energy lift as you head out the door in the morning.
- Citrine: Known for its calming effects, citrine can help you reset and refocus. Hold it in your hand as you focus on your goals and intentions for the day.
- Calcite: In addition to its soothing effects, calcite can also enhance your energy. Keep it on hand for a morning pick-me-up or to amplify the effects of citrine.
4. Pep Yourself Up With Essential Oils
We love essential oils, and they’re also a great option if you’re trying to wake up in the morning with an extra pep in your step. You can smell these oils or add them to your aromatherapy routine when you wake up.
A few oils to try are:
5. Hydrate to Start the Day
Are you drinking more coffee than you are water each day? If so, you may be making yourself even more tired. Dehydration will make your energy levels plummet. Studies (you can find them here, here, and here) show that even mild dehydration can cause you to suffer from:
- Lack of energy
- Brain fog
- Impaired concentration
Drink between 0.5 and 1 ounce of water per pound you weigh each day to maintain your hydration levels.
6. Use Positive Affirmations
Affirmations can help energize your cells and give you the uplift you need to feel motivated and energized each day. But you need to practice these affirmations every day for them to start working.
A few good ones to try are:
- I am awake. I feel fresh and energized.
- I am ready to take on the day, full of energy and excitement.
- I am awake. I am thankful, I am energized and excited to be alive.
Find an affirmation that works for you and stick to it.
7. Grab Cinnamon Sticks or Mint
Cinnamon has a laundry list of amazing benefits, but there’s little evidence in scientific studies pointing to the energy-boosting effects of the spice. However, no one seems to really be studying these effects.
Instead, we have a lot of anecdotal evidence that smelling a cinnamon stick in the morning seems to give people an extra kick of energy.
If you don’t have a cinnamon stick, grab a pinch of mint leaves and smell them.
In the worst-case scenario, you’ll fill your room with a fantastic aroma. And in the best-case scenario, you’ll experience an energy boost as most people report.
8. Spend a Few Minutes in the Sun
If you can’t fathom drinking more coffee or exercising once you wake up in the morning, there’s a 100% free way to increase your energy.
Sure, if it’s raining and cold, you’ll wake right up. However, on a sun-filled day, the sunlight will boost your serotonin levels, which will do a world of good for you, including:
- Improving energy levels
- Keeping you calm and focused
- Boosting positivity
Studies show that spending time in the sun improves energy and sleep quality.
9. Practice Breathing Exercises
Do you have a minute to focus on your breathing in the morning? If so, you’re in for a treat. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to breathe correctly, so they’re not improving or maintaining high blood oxygen levels that are known to boost productivity and energy.
And without adequate oxygen levels, you’ll never feel energized.
The good news is that we’re going to teach you how to breathe properly:
- Inhale for two seconds
- Exhale for two seconds
Now, you’re going to follow this same pattern for an entire minute while focusing on your breath. However, we’re going to ask you to increase the time you exhale by one second for each time you exhale.
For example, if you follow the outline above, your next exhale will be for three seconds, then four, and so on.
Give it a try for yourself and see how breathing properly really feels.
10. Prop Your Day Up With a High Protein Breakfast
If you wake up and start your day with a carb-filled bagel or bowl of cereal, you’re likely to spike your blood sugar, sending you crashing down just an hour or so after you eat. Plus, digestion requires a lot of energy.
Instead, you may want to try one of two things:
- Eat a protein-rich breakfast
- Practice Intermittent fasting
Protein will keep you satiated for longer than carbs, and it won’t cause you to crash in the same way that carbs will. However, if you have to eat carbs, there are great options, too. A few of the carbs that will help you maintain energy levels without the dreaded crash include:
- Chia seeds, which are found to offer the same energy-boosting effects as sports drinks and include 24 grams of carbs in two tablespoons.
- Oatmeal – not the instant stuff or oats filled with sweeteners. Instead, a bowl of rolled oats with berries or some form of fruit works best.
Once you find ways to energize yourself in the morning, you’ll find that every day turns out to be a little more productive and fulfilling. Of course, you need to find what works best for you, but the methods above are a good starting point.
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