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If you’re looking to wake up energized and ready to take on the day I have three easy tips for you to incorporate, today! Adding these into your routine will have people asking you what you’re doing to look so good and with so much energy (without coffee) in the morning. You’ll have to say, “I woke up like this.”
1. It’s 11:30 and You Should Be Sleepin’
Getting enough quality sleep plays a huge role in your overall health and wellness, and is key to waking up energized. How much you need will vary depending on your own body–you’ll know you’ve had enough when you wake up naturally energized. If you aren’t waking up feeling like Beyoncé then your first step is to get more sleep. A new tip that I’ve just started incorporating into my nighttime routine, in addition to sleeping in a cool, dark room and going to sleep at the same time every night, is turning my phone to airplane mode about 20 minutes before I go to sleep. I use my phone as my alarm clock so I need to have in my bedroom, but that doesn’t mean I need to have it on. I was inspired to put my phone on airplane mode after chatting with my fellow Vegatopian, Sami, who sets aside time each day to have her phone on airplane mode so she isn’t tempted to check it all the time. Putting my phone in this mode allows me to go to sleep earlier because I don’t get sidetracked on Instagram when I’m setting my alarm at night. If that isn’t available to you, try to go tech-free 20 to 30 minutes before you go to sleep. This will allow your body time to relax and ready for a good night’s sleep. If you want more tips on how to get a better sleep check out this post.
2. Who Run the World? You! (And You Need Fuel To Do It).
I like to start my day with a nutrient-dense smoothie for long-lasting energy and to start my day off on the right foot. Having a nutrient dense breakfast versus a processed, high-in-sugar breakfast fuels my day and also prevents craving short-term energy pick-me-ups like sweets or caffeine later in the day. One of my go-to green smoothies is this Greena Colada smoothie with energy-promoting, iron-rich spinach and enzyme-rich pineapple. I enjoy pineapple for energy because it contains enzymes that aid in efficient digestion. Efficient digestion means I can spend less energy digesting my food and have more energy to get on with my day. For more green smoothie options check out this post! Another fave of mine is an acai bowl (think of a really thick smoothie you eat with a spoon) with super energizing, antioxidant-rich açai berries.
3. Wake Up. Flawless. Start the Day. Flawless
I set the stage for the day by creating a pleasant morning routine. If I start my day off calm and relaxed, I find it easy to keep me energy high all day. If I wake up and have a frantic morning, I’ll exhaust my energy before I even start the day. My morning routine includes a short meditation (I mean short—I focus on 10 deep breaths before I get out of bed; that’s it) and a warm glass of lemon water. Lemon water has been used in Ayurvedic Medicine for generations to help eliminate any toxins that may have built up overnight and wake-up the digestive system. I find that combination sets up my day and my energy levels for success. If you are looking for more tips on how to start your day off right check out my fellow Product Specialist, Sarah Skalzub’s post here.
If I was going to pick just one tip for you to takeaway, it would be to try going to sleep 30 minutes earlier than you normally would every day for a week and see how you feel. It’s all cumulative, so you may not feel a change overnight, but stick to your routine and you’ll be up, energized and ready to take on the day in no time.