How to be Alert Sans the Caffeine

By November 28, 2016 July 10th, 2017 blog, Productivity
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“I am not a morning person. I am a coffee person,” says one of your friends who you might’ve shared the same interest in starting your day with a hot cup of brewed coffee.

We can’t argue the fact that many people find the ‘need’ to have a boost of caffeine to jump-start their morning. It’s as if missing this morning preference is already a huge blow to their ability to think clearly and do tasks at their best.

Unfortunately, not everyone is compatible with caffeine and certain health issues might prohibit one from taking coffee. In this case, having an efficient alternative to waking yourself up in the morning is necessary. For sleepyheads and night person, feel free to try out these popular morning boosters to keep your alert levels up!

Regularly exercise first thing in the morning.

Exercise has proven to boost one’s overall health. Also, it’s an efficient method to drive away sleepiness and get started in the morning. If you’re not a morning person, chances are, you’ll need more time battling with your alarm before you finally take a step out of bed.

This doesn’t always work especially if you have early engagements and would need one or two hours to prepare before heading out. Exercising can be done outdoors or indoors in a short time as 15 minutes. Whether it’s stretching, jogging or jumping, the rush of adrenaline that comes as a result of this physical activity is a surefire way to wake you up!

Turn on the lights.

This is more like a simple mental trick. Your brain perceives light as day and therefore signals your body to get moving. Some people respond well to this method and end up waking up after turning all the lights in their room.

Of course, this doesn’t work for everyone, and some people have no problems sleeping even with a brightly illuminated room, but if you’re used to sleeping in the dark, then this method has a better chance of working.

Play your favorite music and turn up the volume.

Research has proven that music is an effective therapeutic aid for relaxation. In fact, some psychologists use the help of music in their counseling sessions. Other than this, it’s also a good wake-up mechanism especially if you’re particularly sensitive to sound. Turning up the volume of your playlist might be an efficient means to train your body to wake up early and perform your morning tasks such as cooking breakfast.

Be sure to eat breakfast.

We might have heard several times how important breakfast is. It’s the most important meal of the day. How serious are you about making it as an important meal of your day? One common issue among people who wake up late is skipping this morning meal just to catch their ride or refrain from incurring more tardiness at work.

Unfortunately, skipping breakfast only makes you more susceptible to fatigue even on the early stages of your regular working hours. Eating breakfast gives you the energy you need for the day. Needless to say, try finding a substitute morning beverage for your coffee such as tea or milk.

Be sure to get 6 to 8 hours of sleep daily.

One of the most notorious reasons why you end up waking up late is when you sleep late. Your body needs all the rest it needs to bring back its lost energy for the day. Failing to get enough sleep will most likely cause you to stay longer in bed. Forcing yourself to wake up results in more fatigue.

The most basic way to get rid of this hassle is to get ample of rest in the night. This makes the entire process of waking up early easier.

How to get started?

While the list we shared above may seem realistic, they are in reality easier said than done. People, especially adults, who have been used to staying up late at night and waking up late may be faced with the biggest challenge of keeping up with the new habit.

Even individuals who have been waking up the same time in the morning may already be fed up with the fatigue they experience just by battling their way out of the comforts of their bedroom. To succeed in waking up with your full energy intact, keeping the following reminders in mind would help.

  • Resolve to commit to a change in your habits
  • Schedule your activities (including your alarm)
  • Don’t be too harsh on yourself when you fail in the first couple of tries. It happens, and you’re not alone. Work on doing it better next time.
  • The change does not happen instantly. It takes time so be patient

Dealing with the absence of caffeine

Saying that it’s okay to reduce and eventually stop your caffeine intake may not be that easy for many. Adults who have been reliant on coffee for a very long time will find the withdrawal symptoms uncomfortable. In worst cases, this could result in complications like frequent headaches, lack of appetite, moodiness and reduced quality of work performance.

If you’re intent on taking caffeine out of your diet or perhaps reduce its intake to a minimum, it’s good to know that you can do it over time. It’s not immediate, but if you work on it, the benefits would be visible soon enough. Here are tips to help you cope with the absence of caffeine for the first few days of your routine change.

  • Find the next best alternative. (Ex: green tea. Pure chamomile, jasmine drink, milk)
  • Go for drinks with the lowest level of caffeine. This eventually helps you become less dependent on the substance.
  • Eat properly at the right time. Insufficient nutrient intake stresses you out. Stress makes you crave for sweets and potentially, caffeinated drinks
  • Drink more water. It makes your body feel full, which in turn prevents you from taking in other forms of liquid.

Severing your attachment with coffee and other caffeinated drinks may come with a huge challenge. It may not be comfortable with some people. However, if you need the change and are willing to commit to changing your current lifestyle for the better, then you can make it happen.

Stay alert, keep your productivity up, and choose any of the best alternatives we have on the list!


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