10/02/2015

Fast Easy Ways To Recharge Your Batteries



Like most people I have trouble staying energized all day, I might even wake up in the morning feeling groggy and that feeling pretty much sets my overall mood for the rest of the day. I set out on a quest a few months back to find ways I could feel more awake during the day and to be able to take on my day more efficiently!


The night before
  • Do yourself a favor and put away all your electronics about an hour before you go to bed. The so called blue light that comes off your screen can suppress your melatonin production, it can also stimulate your brain further instead of putting it into a relaxed state of mind
  • Don't overindulge but donn't go to bed hungry either. It is best to go to bed with a half full stomach so that you are not uncomfortable due to bloating and on the flip side your stomach growling won't be keeping you  up
  • If you can, have your lights on a dimmer. If you don't have a dimmer, turn on a low level light lamp instead to optimize your melationin production.
  • Keep your room at around 60-70 degrees for optimal comfortability throughout the night. 

The morning of
  • Don't hit the snooze button. That five or ten minutes is doing no good for you, in fact it could be setting you up to be drowsier throughout your day. Set an alarm and stick with it.
  • Let the light in. Open up those blinds and soak up the sun. The sunlight will tell your internal clock its time to get up and get active.
  • Chug a glass of water first thing in the morning. Before your morning coffee before you eat anything, chug down a glass of water. This will rehydrate your body, keep your digestive system on track and boost your metabolism (need I say more?)
  • Make sure to eat your breakfast. I get it, truly, sometimes you wake up and you are not hungry or you are late for work so you think to yourself I'll skip it. Do your body a favor and eat a protein rich breakfast, this will keep you fuller for longer and also helps you stay more mentally sharp throughout your morning.
  • If you have time whip out that yoga mat. Do some stretches or do a full workout! There are plenty of 10-15min workouts online or on pinterest you can look up in a jiff.



 Throughout your day
  •  Eat 4-5 small portions throughout your day to keep you energized and satisfied instead of pigging out twice a day and feeling groggy and bloated.
  • Keep hydrated. Chances are you are not drinking as much water as you should, so keep a waterbottle with you at all times and keep on drinking.
  • Watch your caffeine intake after 2pm. Drinking caffeine after 2p.m will start to mess with your sleep later, so do yourself a favor and just cut it off the menu for the rest of the day. You can do it!


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