As we enter spring, our days may be getting longer but, if you’re anything like me, you still feel tired in the morning. The sky is dark and gloomy and I don’t want to get out of bed!
How do you wake up in the morning? It’s easy enough for me to grab a cup of coffee as I walk out the door or to stop at a coffeeshop on my way to work, but are there other—more “natural” ways—to boost my energy this season. Is more caffeine my only option?
First, exercise works wonders for boosting energy. If you can’t find the time for a morning run or a bicycle commute, something as simple as a morning stretching routine can help get blood pumping and wake you up for the day. Try the same routine at night, too, to help settle you down for sleep!
Also, taking frequent “get moving” breaks can help your body fight fatigue while at work. When you feel your body start to hit a wall, stand up and take a walk around the office or outside around the building. Not only will it refresh your body, but it will give you a chance to say “hi” to some of the people you’ve been ignoring while working on that important document! A break is good for your mind, your body, and your soul!
Lastly, sunlight is the perfect energy booster. If you don’t have the benefit of an office with a window, take advantage of natural light wherever you can get it. Take the longer route through the parking lot, use the lighted stairwell rather than the elevator, and turn your face toward the sun whenever you see it. The vitamin D will work wonders for a tired body!
Tomorrow morning, when the sun (barely) rises, consider your natural options for boosting energy. You can even do it while the coffee is brewing!