No Snoozing: Hitting the snooze button will suck away energy before you even roll out of bed. A consistent wake-up time will help you to skip the snooze button and wake up naturally, with more energy.
Hydrate: Water helps your body perform at its full potential all day long. Drinking water first thing in the morning gives your digestive system a kick start in the right direction and starts energizing your whole body. Keep a bottle of water near your bedside; that will help you to remember to start sipping as soon as you wake up.
Eat Breakfast: Eating a proper breakfast provides your body with the energy and nutrients it needs to help you feel great all morning long. Go for foods that are a mix of complex carbs, proteins and healthy fats. This will help to balance your blood sugar for the day and will also help to prevent crashes.
Workout: Starting your day with exercise is one of the best ways to feel naturally energized before taking on the day. And the best thing about working out in the morning: you are more likely to burn more calories and work harder! If you are not a morning person, don’t fret; the most important thing is making time for exercise at any point during the day.
Get Outside: Many jobs require you to sit at your desk all day long, which can leave you feeling drained and disconnected. Make sure you find the time to take at least one break during the afternoon to step outside for some fresh air and take a walk. Just a few minutes away from work will give you a fresh perspective and will get you out of that mid afternoon slump.
Sip Some Green Tea: That mid afternoon slump will tempt you to pour that second cup of coffee, but opt for green tea instead. It will give you that little boost you need to finish out the rest of the day and it is less likely to affect your sleep later that night.
De-clutter Your Workspace: If your desk (or your email inbox) looks like a war zone, it’s setting you up to feel stressed. Take a few minutes after lunch each day to get organized. A more Zen work environment will help you feel more productive.
Snack: No, we aren’t telling you to visit the vending machine in the break room, those snacks won’t offer your body the sustainable energy it needs. Keep some healthy snacks on hand at work so the sweets in the break room won’t entice you.
Skip the Nightcap: A glass of wine or a nice cocktail might seem like the perfect way to unwind, but alcohol can disrupt your natural sleep cycle and leave you feeling exhausted the following morning. Save those treats for the weekend.
Unplug: Keeping your electronics within arm’s reach throughout the night will only cause distractions and impinge on your sleep patterns. Try winding down with an article or a book instead of the television or your laptop. This change seems small but it will make an enormous difference.
Make Sleep Happen: To ensure energy the next day, get a good night’s rest. Listen to your body, crawl under the sheets earlier and make sure you’re getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night. You’ll wake up feeling energized and ready to take on your day!