I’ve never been a coffee drinker because it gives me a bad case of the jitters. I always have to limit myself to one cup – if at all. Although I do love a good cup of decaf, and people often look at me, puzzled, and wonder why. Yes, there are people out there who enjoy a nice warm and soothing cup of decaf!
But honestly, on those days where I just can’t seem to wake up even as I’m going about my day, I consider a tall one with whipped cream (Yes, coffee with whipped cream! Yes, decaf with whipped cream! It’s just who I am). If I can’t in the morning, which is an extremely rare occurrence, then I need some sort of wake-up fix.
For those days that you just need an extra boost, perhaps paired with a strong cup of coffee, try these handy suggestions:
- Place your alarm out of reach, maybe on a dresser or at the far end of your night table. This has worked for me many a time. It’s a good way to ensure that you will get up on time, especially if you have an important appointment set for a specific time. I’ve even gone as far as setting a couple alarms, or at least one alarm clock and one on my phone, and placing them away from the bed.
- Set your alarm for a certain amount of time before you have to get up. Get out a book or your phone and slowly feel your body adjusting before pulling off those covers.
- Splash your face with a generous amount of cold water. Brrr! Nothing quite wakes you up physically like a dose of chill.
- Shower in the morning. It’s a fantastic way to gently wake your body up. Cold water not required.
- Rub some essential oil onto your skin (not directly – use a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil) or try using a diffuser (check for the safety essential oils before diffusing any oils around babies or children or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding). Try citrus oils such as orange, lemon, grapefruit. Peppermint and spearmint are also good choices.
- Put on some music. But not just any music. Something that inspires you – music that makes you want to dance. Music that puts you in a good mood.
- Drink a full glass of water. Your body will thank you – it needs hydration after a night of sleep.
- If you have time, practice some yoga. There are all sorts of programs – look for something that will rejuvenate you.
- Have a bowl of oatmeal. It’ll fill you up and provide you with a good source of energy to get you started for the day.
- Take a brisk walk around the block before getting into your car or taking other transportation.
And if you’re still having trouble, try going to sleep without any computer or phone usage at least an hour prior to bed, make sure you’ve exercised during the day, and look up apps that can help with sleep. There are some meditation ones that work wonders! You can place your phone by your bed so the screen does not distract you.