“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” – Kevyn Aucoin
Have you woken up feeling terrible in the morning even though you got plenty of sleep? For those of us who just aren’t morning people, having energy in the morning can seem like a mirage. When you hear the alarm, you’re tempted to pull the covers over your head. You can’t even imagine going without coffee, and you feel groggy at least until lunch.
You don’t have to spend your whole life dreading mornings! All it takes to achieve that much-needed change and wake up refreshed is following the five simple steps outlined here. But before you do that…
“I don’t understand people who don’t drink. They wake up and say to themselves: This is the best I’m going to feel all day.” – Frank Sinatra
If you overdrink the night before, you’ll have to face the hangover stoically. Remember, you did this to yourself. Find solace and strength to face sobriety in the above quote.
And now that we’ve touched on one of the main reasons people don’t wake up feeling great, on to the five steps!
“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up” – Paul Valery
That 5- or 10-minute snooze is going to make you feel even worse! It’s just a tease, bringing you back to that magical dream, only to haul you out of it in a few minutes. Turning off the snooze and waking up straight away will also give you more time in the morning. Use every waking moment to work toward realizing your goals and making your dreams come true!
You’re not hungry in the morning? Even so, try to grab a bite. Your body loses energy when you sleep, and your mornings are more inclined to be energetic if you get some fuel. Eat some carbs for dinner, even if it is late. This will give you a better night’s sleep, making it more likely to wake up feeling refreshed, and the gradual energy release will last until noon the next day.
I know you’re like, “What!? I can’t even get up!” In fact, exercise will help you feel more awake. Invigorating the body can combat tiredness, and your body releases endorphins from physical activity, which will improve your mood.
“Keep yourself motivated. You’ve got to be motivated, you’ve got to wake up every day and understand what that day is about; you’ve got to have personal goals – short term goals, intermediate goals, and long term goals. Be flexible in getting to those goals, but if you do not have goals, you will not achieve them.” – Gary Cohn
We couldn’t say it better. If you’re not enthusiastic about going to work or you don’t have anything to do, then you don’t need energy. Don’t think about anything – just get up and do something. This will help relieve your tired state.
You can lose up to a pint of water when you’re sleeping, so you need to replenish yourself when you wake up. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning, even before eating or drinking anything else. On that note, tea can be healthier than coffee and just as rousing.
And finally, realize that you must be grateful for each and every morning you wake up. One fine day, you simply will not.
“Thank you, dear God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. Thank you for the rain. And for the chance to wake up in three hours and go fishing: I thank you for that now, because I won’t feel so thankful then.” – Garrison Keillor
Finding energy in foods is about eating and drinking healthy options throughout the day, and the right nutrition will ensure you wake up feeling good and energetic. Here is a list of “super” foods and drinks that will do the trick:
Almonds are a good source of healthy fats and protein to balance blood sugar levels, but you have to eat them unsalted and raw. Eating an ounce of almonds a day can reduce your risk of developing heart disease.
Dark chocolate energizes, being an excellent source of iron and magnesium. Ideally, it should be 70 per cent.
This highly nutritious South American grain is rich in complex carbohydrates and protein, and will keep you full and energized until lunch. You can combine it with raisins, almonds and cinnamon as a cereal, make a main course with vegetables or prepare a light quinoa salad.
Yogurt contains probiotics, which are well known for being an integral part of healthy digestion. They can also boost your energy levels and help fight a weak immune system.
Salmon is high in essential omega-3 fatty acids that are needed for brain activity, energy production, and circulation as well as preventing heart disease.
Coconut oil is comprised mainly of medium chain triglycerides, which are converted into energy quickly and efficiently. They can ward off grogginess throughout your day.
Lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans and other legumes stabilize blood glucose levels and can help prevent “crashing” later on in the day.
Citrus fruit like oranges, lemons and limes has a very high Vitamin C content, which is very good for your immune system.
“Do and act on what you believe to be right, and you’ll wake up the next morning feeling good about yourself.” – Janet Reno