7 little morning routines that'll make you feel more awake and full of energy
How is this lockdown life going for you?
Not going to lie, the thing I found the hardest at first was trying to get into a little routine, and be able to distinguish the week from the weekend.
Another thing that was an issue at first was that I struggled to feel properly awake in the mornings, having abandoned a lot of my regular morning routines once the world came to a full stop.
However, knowing I feel so much better when sticking to routines, here are some I have now gone back to – even in the middle of this lockdown life. Want to feel more awake in the morning too? Take a clue from AsapSCIENCE, which explains research-based science in quirky animation videos. Here is its take on how you can perk up in the morning by using these simple coffee-free tricks:
1. Let there be light
Melatonin is critical in regulating your sleep, so when it's light your body produces less melatonin, making you feel more alert. So first thing in the morning, instead of laying in the dark when your alarm goes off, open up those curtains and wake yourself up naturally.
2. Take a cold shower
Researchers have found that the shock of a cold shower increases your metabolic rate and makes you less fatigued. Plus, it makes you want to get out the shower stat, saving you water and time. Clever.
3. Hydrate yourself
During the night we actually sweat quite a lot, which in turn leaves us a little dehydrated come morning. And as studies have shown that even mild dehydration can decrease alertness and negatively affects concentration, your best bet is drinking water as soon as you wake up. Personally, I love a glass of hot lemon water to start the day.
4. Make your breakfast healthy
Eating shortly after waking up in the morning makes you more alert and keeps your energy levels from plummeting. But make sure you stick to healthy choices, as eating simple sugars or a breakfast high in fat could lead you to consume more food throughout the day.
6. Get active
Many studies have shown that physical activity enhances cognitive functions due to the increased blood flow providing the brain with more oxygen. Go for a run, do some yoga, have a dance party with the kids, it doesn't really matter as long as it gets your heart going.
7. Listen to music
Music has the ability to increase brain activity associated with movement and also potentially increases the feel-good chemical called dopamine. Time to update those morning commute playlists.