Morning energy-boosting tricks (that don’t involve coffee)

Published on 25 October 2018

Rise and shine: It’s easier said than done. Maybe you’re not a morning person or you haven’t racked up your eight hours. Getting out of bed isn’t always easy. But with a few tweaks to your morning routine, you’ll quickly find yourself energised and ready to take on the day.

Take a cold shower

A cold splash of water will snap you out of your sleepy state. The cool temperature triggers deeper breathing, which increases your oxygen intake. In turn, your heart rate will increase and that rush of blood is like a natural dose of energy. If you can bear it, try to stand under a stream of cold water for up to three minutes.

Swap coffee for tea

Many of us believe we can’t function without our morning coffee, but when we first wake up, our bodies tend to be dehydrated. Coffee acts as a diuretic, sapping even more water from your body. What your body really needs in a glass of water and a cup of green tea. Green tea boosts energy with the help of caffeine, but it does so in a more natural way than coffee.

Fuel up at breakfast

We’ve been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make it count. Chia seeds contain fibre, protein and healthy fats to kickstart your energy: sprinkle them over your cereal or add them to a smoothie. Magnesium is another energy-boosting ingredient that stabilises blood sugar to prevent fatigue. Find it in almonds and whole grains.

Use your nose

Certain scents can invigorate your energy levels: lemon and peppermint are perfect examples. The zesty notes of lemon stimulate the brain and improve your mood. While peppermint helps increase alertness. Add these essential oils to an aromatherapy diffuser and turn it on as soon as you wake; or spritz an invigorating room mist.

Try dry brushing

Dry brushing is the ancient ritual of brushing dry skin in circular motions to stimulate blood flow, and it’s exactly what your body needs in the AM to lift energy levels. It also has the added benefit of stimulating lymphatic drainage and exfoliating skin. Before you hop in the shower, treat your body from your ankles up to your heart with this Ayurvedic technique.

Get moving

Exercising first thing is a sure-fire way to stimulate the brain and flood your body with endorphins. If you’d prefer a more laidback start to your day, do yoga. Deep breathing and mediation can help fight fatigue.