We’ve all been there. You’re laying in bed, your alarm is going off, and you still feel as tired as you did the night before.
I spent years thinking this was just how life was. I would wake up tired, drink some coffee, and make it through the day only to repeat the whole process tomorrow.
After going through the motions for so long, I started to experiment with adding different tricks and tips to my morning routine.
I’ve tried countless hacks that promise an energetic morning - some with success and others…not so much.
I narrowed it down to three things that made the biggest difference in my life, and maybe they’ll help you out too. Let’s get into it.
I always doubted this one, so I actually put off trying it for months. I thought, there’s no way it would make a noticeable difference.
I was wrong.
I woke up tired, per usual, and headed outside to try out this supposed hack. I took a deep breath in, and a long exhale out. The sun was just rising, and I could see it start to peak over the mountains.
A beam of light hit my face, and it was like I had just finished a triple shot of espresso.
Not only did 10 minutes outside in the morning do away with my morning grogginess, but I also experienced some sleep headache relief.
I tend to wake up with a heaviness in my head, and the sunshine nearly always erases it.
Now, I can’t start my morning without some sunshine and outside air.
You’re going to hate me for this one, but cold showers are truly life-changing.
I didn’t want to admit it, but all those people who swear by cold showers were right.
I think it takes some getting used to though, so what I’d recommend is starting off with a warm shower and gradually decreasing the temperature as you wash your hair, rinse off, etc.
By the end of the shower, you’ll find you can tolerate a much lower temperature than you probably thought.
I’ve noticed a few benefits to this one, the biggest being an increase in my creativity.
I’ve always had “shower ideas”. You know, those ideas that only seem to come to you when you’re squeezing your eyes shut to avoid the dreaded shampoo burn.
But when I started taking cold showers in the morning, I would go into the day with a different level of excitement.
If you don’t think cold showers are something you can do, try dipping your face in some ice cold water instead.
I’ve noticed benefits with both, but cold showers are definitely worth a try.
30 Jumping Jacks
When I’m tired, the last thing in the world that I want to do is exercise.
If I would have told myself 6 months ago that I would be doing jumping jacks minutes after opening my eyes in the morning - I would tell you you’re insane.
But it’s true. Every morning when I feel like I need an extra boost, I’ll get up and do 30 jumping jacks.
It’s a great way to get your blood pumping, and in my experience, it’s been super effective.
Bonus points if you turn on a song and jump to the beat. Seriously, you need to try it out.
Well, those are my three tips for if you wake up feeling tired in the mornings. Try it out for yourself and see what works for you!
If you have any tips you’d like to share, feel free to leave them in the comments. Other than that, I’ll talk to you all next week.