Do These Things in the Morning for More Energy
(HuffPost) Developing morning habits that leave you feeling energized and ready to take on the day is possible. If you’re feeling kind of sluggish in the morning, here are seven simple steps that can help boost your morning energy levels:
Take ten breaths
Stress has many effects on the body, one of which is decreased energy. So experts recommend starting the day with an easy, evidence-backed intervention: taking a few deep breaths. Researchers behind a recent study that mapped out the “how” of well-being suggest, for example, that simply closing your eyes and focusing on the act of taking ten breaths can be an effective way to slow down and to start to cultivate a sense of awareness.
Drinking water, even if you’re not thirsty, can be an energy booster, which is why so many nutritionists recommend downing a glass of water first thing in the morning. Plus, it’s simple – and free.
Physical exercise has all kinds of energy-boosting benefits, from pumping up your endorphins (which can make you feel both relaxed and excited) to improving concentration so you’re ready to tackle your morning to-do list. Research also suggests that people who move their bodies in the morning tend to be more active throughout the day.
Make sure you’re actually eating enough
In general, it’s a good idea to “follow your body’s natural cadence” when it comes to food in order to boost energy in the morning. While intermittent fasting continues to be extremely trendy, for energy you really want to be listening to your body, and its natural rise and fall in blood sugar. Researchers recommend eating a breakfast that is higher in protein and healthy fats, which may help maintain energy levels throughout the morning.
Be mindful of your sugar intake
Sugar isn’t the enemy by any means, but it can have an effect on your energy levels. Experts don’t believe the goal should necessarily be to avoid sugar altogether. (Who doesn’t love a morning pastry?) Instead, consider ways in which you can cut down on added sugar in the morning – because breakfast does tend to be a pretty big culprit.
Ignore your phone
When you reach for your phone first thing in the morning, you’re essentially letting someone – or something – else dictate the first thoughts and feelings you have, whether because you’re scrolling through social media or you’re checking the latest headlines. You’re certainly not alone. Two-thirds of Americans say they feel “worn out” by news fatigue.