Ways to Feel Energized in the Morning
You Snooze You Lose
Have you ever had one of those mornings where you wake up and feel like your body became paralyzed at some point in the night? Your arms and legs feel heavy and your head feels like it's still in sleep mode. You are not alone.
Many people have trouble waking up in the morning and it can truly affect how the rest of your day will go (ever heard the phrase wrong side of the bed? Yeah, you get the picture). There is good news though! There are ways to leave groggy mornings behind. Follow these steps and you'll be waking up on the right side of the bed in no time.
The Night Before
In order to wake up feeling sunshiny and beautiful there is something you need to do (or not do) the night before.
DO NOT eat before going to bed. When you eat a meal and then go to sleep your body shuts down and the food you just consumed is not digested properly. If you don't believe me, eat a meal right before going to bed. When you wake up the next morning take note of how you feel. Pretty terrible right? That's because you have all that food sitting undigested in your body. That would weigh anyone down!
In order to prevent waking up feeling heavy and bloated be sure to stop eating at least 2 hours before going to bed. This way your body has time to properly digest your last meal before you shut down for the night.
Water Is Key
When you wake up in the morning (with all your food properly digested from the night before *wink wink*) the first thing you want to do is drink an 8 oz. glass of water with lemon.
I don't like lemon water, you say? Oh well. Learn to like it! Lemon water is great for you and it does wonders for your body in the morning.
When you drink that 8 oz. glass of lemon water in the morning it gets your body moving. The water wakes up your nervous system and tells all your cells, "wakey wakey! It's time to get up!" Not only will lemon water help you to wake up but it will also help your body to eliminate toxins. Lemon increases the production of urine and helps your body to flush out the nasty things you don't want (a.k.a. toxins).
So get your lemon and your water and mix 'em together for an energizing elixir.
Let's take a poll...
What's the first thing you ingest in the morning?
Stretch It Out
When you wake up in the morning your body needs to adjust from your mostly motionless slumber. Stretching will help to get your blood flowing and work out any kinks and/or aches you feel.
Here are a couple of stretches you can do while still sitting on your bed:
1. When you sit up in bed go ahead and roll your neck gently. Let your head hang forward and slowly roll it to the right and to the left. Don't force your head with your hand. You do not need to apply pressure. All you need is the weight of your head to slowly roll your neck out.
2. Sit at the edge of your bed and clasp your hands together. Lift your hands above your head to stretch out your back and your shoulders.
3. Clasp your hands behind your back and stretch. This will loosen up your shoulders and chest.
4. Continue sitting at the edge of your bed. Place your feet on the ground and slowly press them into the floor. Work from the ball of your foot through the toes and then back down to your heel. Move your feet around to stretch them and prepare them to hold the weight of your body.
5. Stand up. If your back is feeling tight and/or achey you should bend your knees slightly and then (bending at the waist) hang forward. This will help to lengthen your back and neck.
6. Now you can stretch out anything else that feels tight. Maybe your hamstrings (back of your upper leg) are feeling tight and you want to put your legs on the bed (one leg at a time) and lean forward to stretch them out.
Do what feels good to you but remember to be gentle with yourself!
Dry Body Brushing
Skin is the largest organ of the body and it's also the most visible. For these reasons it is important to keep your skin healthy. A dry body brush (pictured above) is made of semi-hard thistles used for multiple purposes.
When to brush your skin:
It's best to brush your skin in the morning preferably before taking a shower. This will help you to wake up. Brushing in the morning will also help to get your blood circulating which will get all your organs and body systems moving.
Why use a body brush?
- Helps blood circulate
- Removes dead skin
- Minimizes cellulite
How to use your brush:
You want to use quick and short brushing motions when moving along your limbs. Start at your feet and brush up the front, back and sides of your legs. Brush from your hands up to your armpits and then start brushing the stomach in circular motions. As you're brushing keep in mind that you want to be moving towards the heart. Keeping your brushing motions moving towards the heart will help with blood circulation.
Be sure to brush around the breasts and the chest. If you have a brush with a long handle it makes brushing your backside much easier. Don't forget to get your butt and around your neck. Be gentle with your brushing motions but be firm enough where you can feel the brush sweeping along your skin.
After you finish brushing your body it's time to get in the shower. If you don't like getting your hair wet in the morning don't worry! There is no need to wet your hair. This shower is for waking up your body and getting your metabolism going.
What is a contrast shower?
This is simple. A contrast shower is when you go from warm water to cold and back to warm. Start with warm water and be sure to cover your whole body (except for you head). Get your body warmed and once you feel all cozy turn the water to cold. Keep the water cold till you feel your bodies temp going down, then, turn the water to warm again. Continue this cycle of hot/cold till you feel more energized and awake. It may take you 2 times of switching the water from warm to cold and it may take you 6 times. However long it takes you is alright as long as you feel energized and awake by the end of it.
Benefits of contrast shower:
- Wakes up your mind and body
- Gets your blood circulating and body systems moving
- Spikes your metabolism
Now that you are up and awake the final thing to do is to keep a positive attitude. If you had a bad day yesterday try to forget about it and start over. Remember that each day is a new opportunity to change for the better. Do something that makes you happy and most importantly do something that makes you laugh!