DON'T DEPEND ON THE SUGAR HIGH!
One, is this predictable urge to reach for sugar to boost our energy levels. However, that is NOT the solution. It may work temporarily at first, but will leave you crashing soon thereafter and in a worse energy depletion! Instead, focus on having a balanced diet including protein rich foods like nuts and lean meats. Avoid large meals mid-day, especially those high in simple carbohydrates like pasta. Instead, go for vegetables, proteins, fats like those in yogurt and fruit for a sweet tooth pick me up.
BE THE SUNSHINE
The sun is going to rise regardless of what side of the bed you choose to wake up on. And, yes I said "choose". I know you might be tired (maybe go to bed earlier?) or dreading the day ahead but only you can decide how you feel about your day and whether your fears or frustrations will rule you. When you wake up - just smile. Even if you feel stupid and inauthentic, smile anyway and keep it there. While (possibly staging) you grin, think of everything you love and are thankful for. Life can be crazy but it doesn't mean YOU have to be. So make a different choice. You be the sunshine! Sleep deprivation does funny things to our minds and bodies.
PRAYER and STILLNESS
Find a quiet place in your home (especially helpful for parents) that's free from distraction, but not in your bed. Turn on some relaxing music, read or just sit in the stillness. Take one, then two, then ten deep breaths. This is your opportunity to set your daily intention for a peaceful and productive day.
The truth is, you're not at your best when you don't sleep well. So, be kind to your body and lighten your work load as much as you can. Doing fewer things will allow you to bring more quality to your work without stressing you out. Decide which tasks are *musts* and do those really well. It's also wise to hold off on making big decisions until after you've gotten more rest.
It's common knowledge that physical activity is important for both your mind and body, but it can be really difficult to find the time to fit it in to our busy schedules. If you can go for a run or stop by the gym first thing in the morning, great! If not, make a plan to implement a small routine into your morning so you at least set a pattern and habit to care for your mind and body which will in turn, not only set up your day with energy but also the rest of your life.
WAKE UP WITH WATER
Inside and out is best! Make sure to drink a glass of water, as the hydration really does wake up your cells and start your day with a metabolic cleansing. Then head to the shower. Turn up the heat and let your muscles both relax and rejuvenate! Add menthol crystals to the shower steam as well to further awaken and even reap the health benefits! Menthol crystals open up your bronchial passage ways, allowing you do breathe deeper and get more oxygen to your brain. More oxygen to the brain means more clarity and mental peace. These crystals will add a great vibrancy to your day!
Some people are morning eaters and some are not. Meet with a nutritionist or do some research and try to hone in on what your particular body type is. Some people are the hot tea and toast type and others are the full spread of fruit, bacon and eggs. Whatever feels best and fuels you for the next couple of hours should be considered your energy spark for the day and committed to. When you take time to eat a balanced meal, you are giving your body the fuel it needs for everything else. Chinese medicine states that the morning meal is the fuel your body pulls from most, the rest of the day. Only the oiled machine can truly perform!