Creating a ritual, or a series of rituals, for different moods you feel every morning can help you create enough sustainable energy so that you can undertake all the tasks and thought process you need to do for the day. Here are some examples of accessible methods to boosting productivity and focus:
It doesn’t come as a surprise that exercising in the morning can help promote your energy levels. This activity, however, is particularly helpful for non-morning people or those who have low blood pressure to get their heart pumping faster. It’s also most efficient to workout in the morning so that you can get it out of the way and free up your time to handle any tasks or problems that might arise later in the day. For those who are looking to lose weight, working out in the morning before breakfast can boost your metabolism and minimize your appetite.
The most important meal of the day, and what you eat directly impacts your energy level. If you eat too much or too many calories, you might experience some sort of “food coma” that could be detrimental to your productivity; we use a lot of energy to digest food. Therefore, it is most beneficial to consume easy-to-digest food, such as smoothies and oatmeal for breakfast.
If you need that extra caffeine to kickstart your day, consider switching out coffee for tea for a gradual and sustainable boost of energy. No crash, no jitters, no bad breath, no upset stomach. This also helps kickstart your detox process, clearing out any residues that have gathered over the night, which also lightens the burden on your body. If you don’t wish to consume any caffeine in the morning, herbal tea works too to calm any stress or frustration you might have experienced during the morning rush.
One thing that could help wake your body up in a way that is nonabrasive is by stimulating the senses. While it might be tempting to reach for our phones the first thing in the morning, you might want to consider using your other senses to promote and generate greater stimulation that could lead to a prolonged effect on your energy levels, such as our auditory senses. Listen to thought-provoking podcasts, upbeat music, or your favorite audiobooks while you prepare for your breakfast or working out is a wonderful start.
For stay-at-home entrepreneurs, or if you have a home office, chances are that you don’t have to change out of your pajamas to get to work. You also don’t have to waste time on finding the appropriate outfit or commuting to work. While being comfortable is appealing, you might want to consider including as part of your morning ritual by making yourself feel fresh. This means taking a shower, washing your face, and/or brushing your teeth so you begin your “workday” with a clean start. The grooming process can not only wake up your body instantaneously, the effects could potentially last into the day as well.
These are only a few examples of the type of activities you can engage in in the morning to help boost your energy levels in a natural and gradual manner so that you don’t feel the “crash” in the middle of the day. There are many means to obtain the energy level you need to get through your day, so find one that best suits you, your body, and your needs.
Contributing Author, Betsy Kwong
Betsy is the managing director of Boon Tea, a California lifestyle brand dedicated to inspiring life through the celebration and appreciation of the arts and culture. She is also the Lead Instructor for Boon Yoga, a yoga method that advocates for the concept of slow living and self-expression with an emphasis on the teachings of Hatha Yoga. Her goal is to help others find the means to lead a purposeful and conscious life. In her free time, Betsy likes to go on hikes with her goldendoodle Bailey, read, and do pottery.