You may not be a morning person. In fact, you may despise the morning and want minimal social contact unto you have had your three to five cups of coffee. One of the hardest parts about not being a morning person is being around people whose favorite part of the day is the morning. These are the type of individuals who are so chatty, smiley, and perky in the morning that they may sound like nails on a chalkboard to you. But instead of going for that 7th cup of coffee, here are four simple tips that may help jump-start your day and make your mornings a little more bearable. And who knows, maybe in time, you too will become a perky morning person.
1. If you are able to get a restful night’s sleep, try getting up at a reasonable time. Sleeping in until noon everyday doesn’t make for the best way start to your day. Actually it’s like sleeping your day away. Being reasonable and consistent about a wake up time is key.
2. I know you love your caffeine because you think it helps you get through the morning, but too much of it can actually make you more tired throughout the day. Again, being reasonable is important. There is nothing wrong with a hot cup of coffee or tea in the morning, but relying on it to get you through the day may actually deplete your energy. If you’re looking for a good caffeine substitute try squeezing a lemon into a glass of water and drinking that before eating breakfast.
3. Donuts and cream cheese bagels are quite yummy, but they probably aren’t the best breakfast items to start your day. Try eating food that will actually fill you up and keep you satisfied until lunchtime. One breakfast option that I recommend is eggs, whole grain toast, and a piece of fruit.
4. I know working out when you wake up sounds like the most horrible thing when you’re not a morning person, but exercise has some amazing benefits beyond just fitness and weight loss. Working out is great for your mood and mental health, and doing so in the morning could give you energy that lasts the entire day. Cardio exercise is not even something that you need to do every day to reap the benefits. Simply working out three to five days a week for 30 minutes will suffice. So what do you say to getting that heart-rate up?