Thursday, October 09, 2014

Morning Habits to Boost Energy

Waking up early everyday can be a drag. I have to wake up at around 4:30 every day just to get to work. Sometimes I feel vexed especially when I had a long day before and was exhausted. I hate waking up early as I will feel sluggish and lethargic. I will be unproductive and grumpy most of the time. And those are attitudes of an unhealthy employee. Those are attitudes of an unhappy worker. So over the past few months, I’ve been trying some habits that will help boost my energy and display a positive disposition. I can say that my overall mood has improved – though I am still grumpy at work sometimes, but due to some things that really give me permission to be grumpy. I feel happier and more productive. A happier, more productive and positive colleague helps make the workplace a tenfold better place to work in.


 Headband, top, and skirt: Forever 21 | Shoes: Topshop | Bag: from mom
Necklace: Accessorize | Watch: Swatch
If you have been feeling fatigued and unhappy lately, here are some of the habits that I have incorporated into my life. But mind you, these are habits that worked for me. It may not work for you, but you really don’t have anything to lose with trying, right (except maybe time)?
1.  Hydration – After I visit the loo when I wake up, I drink 2 glasses of water. I find that this helps me feel refreshed and awake. It is most difficult to ward off the sleepiness on the first few minutes upon waking up. You feel like your bed is still calling you and you don’t want to get out of it. But water can and will help you fight this urge of sleeping again. It will perk you up and make you feel refreshed. This will also replenish the lost fluids during your first loo visit for the day.
2.  Stretching and Yoga – I’ve only started this recently and I can definitely say that it works. I am not telling you to do a full yoga session because that will take a lot of time as I am sure most of you don’t have enough time. I do some yoga poses and stretching for about 5-10 minutes every day. This will help with proper breathing which will promote blood circulation. And if blood circulates properly, energy is evenly distributed to your body so you feel awake and vibrant.
3.  Meditation – after I do some stretching and some yoga poses, I meditate for about 5 minutes. I find this helps clear my mind so I can stay organised and motivated throughout the day. I listen to some relaxing and meditation music then try to focus on my breathing. This not only boosts energy but helps you stay organised as well.
4.  Eat Healthy – having breakfast every day is necessary. As they say, it is the most important meal of the day. But I would recommend eating healthy breakfast meals and just the right amount. Do not pig out during breakfast as it will make you feel sluggish and lethargic. You shouldn’t also eat food with too much sugar such as donuts and cakes – which some people eat for breakfast. It will cause energy to shoot up immediately but it will also crash immediately causing you to feel more tired and more sluggish. Eat healthy breakfast food like oatmeal with fruits and nuts or whole wheat toast with some tuna and cheese. Eating just enough will help keep your metabolism working so you have ample energy to last until your next meal and help you feel satisfied.

5.  Enjoy the sunlight – they say that he UV rays of early morning sun helps boost happy    hormones. And if you feel happy, you feel more energised. So go out and walk to the nearest bus terminal or train station to let more sunlight touch your skin and boost your happy hormones and feel more energised throughout the day.
6.  Slow and short walks – this probably summarises most of what I said above. Slow and short walks stretch your muscles. Slow and short walks gives you time to think and meditate. Slow and short walks allow you to soak up some sunshine to boost your happy hormones. If you don’t have the time to most of the above mentioned, just do this. This will help a lot in keeping you happy and energised throughout.
7.  A cup of coffee – I guess this is already an integral part in the lives of many of us. Many are already dependent on caffeine and I know people who treat coffee as if it’s water. Though I don’t know if there are studies that say too much coffee is bad for your health but I don’t really recommend drinking too much as it can dehydrate you. I can only drink about ½ cup a day because I am acidic and just to help me feel awake. If you can’t drink black coffee like me, I suggest using coco sugar or muscovado as both are healthier alternatives than white, bleached, sugar.
 Headband, top, and skirt: Forever 21 | Shoes: Topshop | Bag: from mom
Necklace: Accessorize | Watch: Swatch
There is nothing that makes me feel better than feeling happy, energised and more productive. I like it that I can do more and offer more.
If you have other tips you want to share to boost energy in the morning, let me know in the comments below. J


5 comments :

  1. hirap na hirap din akong gumising sa umaga. huhu. thanks for the tips! :) anyway, fabulous skirt :>

    xoxo, rae
    http://www.raellarina.net/

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    1. I feel you! One thing we all struggle with. Thank you!

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  2. This is what we call personal weather:) hahaha:) I used to have this feeling before but i guess it change becoz I found a perfect work place and a perfect salary...lol

    But really its' like happiness....just a state of mind. we have the well power to change it;) Life is good after all!

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    1. True! It is important to have colleagues you enjoy working with so you look forward to going to work every day. We are both lucky to have that. And yes, waking up early and having the energy to move forward is like happiness: it is your choice.

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  3. Adorable outfit Jenn, you are so sweet :)

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