Three more ways to wake up without coffee:
2. An Early Morning Workout
Heading outside for a morning run may be the last thing you want to do while comfy under warm covers, but lacing up your sneaks in the a.m. has been shown to boost your mood and energy levels. Exercise releases endorphins that’ll make you feel good and more prepared for the day. You don’t have to go on a five-mile run to reap these benefits. Try something like the seven-minute workout (which takes about the same amount of time it’d take to brew and drink a cup of coffee) and earn yourself a jolt.
3. Get Some Fresh Air and Sunlight
If you’re really not down for a morning workout, consider going for a gentle stroll for your boost. The proverbial “breath of fresh air” has been shown to reduce feelings of stress and fatigue. Getting a dose of morning sun is linked with better mood and lower BMI — a double-win.
4. Take a Cold Shower and Drink a Freezing Cold Glass of Water
Yes, it’s miserable (but you will get used to it if you turn it into a habit), but the instant change in temperature can actually relieve stress and make you feel more alert.
If the idea is too much (or too cold) for you, start simple by splashing your face with some cool water. It’ll have similar stress-relieving powers … it’ll trigger your adrenaline and boost blood flow to your brain.
Source: Kate Bratskeir