a simple lifestyle blog
You know what really grinds my gears??
I can drink 5 cups of coffee any time of day and it won’t affect my energy level whatsoever, but if I drink coffee at night I cannot fall asleep for the life of me.
There I was last night at work, about to get off shift, when I remember that I have to pack more when I get home because, as you may remember, we are moving.
I figure, “Hey! Its only 8pm, I can have myself a little vanilla latte so I don’t completely crash when I get home.”
Worst night’s sleep ever.
So, in honor of my horrendous lack of sleep…
You know how when you are content, the cliche is that you heave a great great, big sigh?
The opposite tends to be true when we are stressed and, therefore, predominantly breathe shallowly.
Focus on your breathing and take in some deep breaths, this promotes oxygen flow to your cells, improves circulation, lowers blood pressure and ultimately raises energy levels.
Stimulate Your Brain
Try doing a morning crossword or jot down some reflections in a journal. This stimulation will help sharpen your mental responses and gear you up to better focus on your to-do list for the day.
Drinking a large glass of water first thing in the morning helps to get your metabolism going and bring your mind out of its groggy fog. (haha, groggy fog.)
Obviously. This is not one that I have a problem remembering, I’m an eat as soon as you wake up kind of gal, but staying away from sugars and highly processed foods will help you stay fuller longer without having a sugar high and crashing just a few hours into your day.
Take a Cold Shower
No, but really. Your body will hate you, but your mind will thank you (… eventually.)
If you can’t hang for the long haul, just turn your shower to cold for the last few minutes.
Walk in the Sunshine
Going for a brisk walk in the morning sun isn’t only beneficial because of the obvious “exercise is good” factor, it also allows your body to soak up bright, Vitamin D-rich light which triggers an internal response that releases serotonin and dopamine (i.e. hormonal happiness).
Drink Fresh Fruit Juice
Not from a carton, I repeat, not from a carton. The real fruit juice enzymes in real fruits will give you an energy buzz.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be over here doing all of the above…
Until next week, cheers!