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Rise and shine without caffeine

Ways to start your day without coffee

From SheKnows Canada
Are mornings really the same without a cup of java in your hand? Sure they are! Here are 10 helpful ways to get a great start to the day without relying on the caffeine fix!

Woman waking up

1

Ensure enough shut-eye the night before

It can be hard to set a regular sleep schedule, but if you can get in the required six to eight hours of sleep each night, your body will thank you for it! In addition to getting the right amount of sleep, it is important to maintain a consistent schedule of going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. This will train your body and help you feel revitalized instead of sluggish.

2

Get your body moving

Do some stretches, take a quick 20-minute walk or hit the elliptical machine. It doesn't matter what you do; just get your body moving! When you get your heart pumping and the oxygen flowing, you'll feel energized and ready to take on your day.

3

Break-your-fast

Kick-start your metabolism and enjoy an energy boost with a healthy breakfast. Try whipping up a delicious smoothie, an egg wrap or loaded-up oatmeal to get you going in the morning. For the optimum benefit, enjoy your breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up.

4

Enjoy the sunshine

Our bodies have a natural rhythm that helps regulate our sleep habits. Take advantage of this natural clock by flooding your home with light. Open the drapes and blinds to let the sunshine in. Another option is to turn on bright lights to simulate the daylight hours.

5

Engage your brain

Stimulate your mind by doing a crossword puzzle, reading the paper, writing in your journal or anything else that will get you thinking! Actively engaging your mind in a fun or creative way will help wake you up naturally.

6

Jump into the shower

For an easy pick-me-up in the morning, take a quick cold shower. It doesn't have to be icy cold, but keep it on the cool side, or just finish off a warm shower with a blast of cold water. It will wake you up as well as promote better circulation and skin health.

7

Play some tunes

Turn on your favourite music, and sing or dance your way into the day! Listening to music will stimulate your brain cells and lift your mood, giving you a great start to your day.

8

Breathe deeply

Wake up your body from the inside out by taking deep breaths. Deep breathing will supply your body with the oxygen it requires to function properly and revive your internal organs.

9

Drink plenty of water

Keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day can help improve your alertness. Drink the recommended eight glasses of water over the course of the day, starting with a glass upon waking. A glass of water first thing can energize you and give you a good start to meeting your daily requirement.

10

Fake it

We tend to be creatures of habit, and if your morning routine includes a cup of coffee, fake it instead! Try sitting down to a cup of decaffeinated tea or a cup of hot water with lemon. After a while, you might not even miss the caffeine!

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