The dark mornings and cold nights of winter, can make us feel that the only way we can start the day is with a strong cup of coffee, or two. While this isn’t the end of the world, it also isn’t the only way to feel energised first thing.
Some people will say don’t touch caffeine at all, others will wax lyrical about the buzz it gives you. We aren’t going to preach to you, but we are going to give you some ideas so you can start your day the non-caffeine way, and still have a spring in your step.
Start the night before
This might sound back to front, but having an actual bedtime routine that you stick to, can actually make you feel more energised when you wake up in the morning. Turn your screens off at least an hour before you go to bed, relax in a warm bath, read a book, make sure your bedroom isn’t too hot and aim to get around seven to eight hours of sleep a night. This might sound a bit rigid, but we think you will be pretty impressed with how it helps you to feel so much more alive and all without the help of that extra shot cappuccino!
Step away from the snooze button
It might be really tempting to hit the snooze button on your alarm again and again, but do so at your peril. Your body is ready to wake up the first time the alarm goes off, and by snoozing it gets confused. You go back into a deep sleep, which means when you do finally get up, you are dragging yourself around, looking for the caffeine hit to bring you to life. When the alarm goes off, get up, and start your day and you will do it with more energy than ever before.
We tell you this all the time but you need to drink water, if you want to keep hydrated. If you drink enough water you will feel more alert, your digestive system will work better, your body will be able to flush out toxins and your skin will look bright and healthy – what’s not to like? Put a glass of water on your bedside table and sip at little when you wake, then have a cup of warm water and lemon first thing to cleanse your body and awaken your senses.
A strong coffee with sugar might wake you up, but you will crash and burn, so why not make some changes? As well as drinking water, have a protein rich breakfast, maybe eggs with rye toast, porridge with a handful of almonds, or a vitamin bursting spinach smoothie. These are all nutritious and will give you a good start to the day without the caffeine you have always relied on to give you that get up and go you need.
Take some exercise
If you want to take caffeine out of your life, add exercise into the mix. Whether it is a walk, bike ride, yoga class or swim, a workout will give you a burst of feel good endorphins which leave you feeling alert and happy, without the need for the high from a caffeine buzzing flat white. You might also find that a regular massage will ease those aching limbs that can come with sports, and it gives you a chance to chill out for a bit, which is really important.
Make a list
Our brains can get full and jumbled given all the pressures of modern-day life. If you wake up and immediately feel anxious about the day ahead, coffee might have been your way to see clearly, but this isn’t a long-term strategy for happiness. Having a list of what you need to do will help you to focus on the important things and you won’t need an espresso to sweat the small stuff.
Over time all of these habits will start to become the new norm and you will wonder how the old, caffeine powered you managed to get through the day!
Team Pure Beauty