For most people, mornings tend to be quite a struggle. Many of us depend on coffee to help kickstart our day, which is fine, but there are some other more natural habits you can adopt to help get you going in the morning without the energy slump that caffeine can sometimes cause. These are some of the habits I personally apply when I get up in the mornings.
Moving is underrated, especially first thing in the morning. I know this may seem like a lot of effort when your half asleep, but its really the only way to wake your body up. This doesn’t mean you have to start going to the gym or going for a run, but something as simple as walking around the block, stretching or doing some yoga can make all the difference. Loosening up the body helps increase blood flow and where blood flows oxygen goes. And oxygen is the main source of energy for the human body! Even if you can do something at least 10 minutes every morning it will eventually become a habit and then you wont even have to think about doing it.
Like I said above, oxygen is the main source of energy for the human body. If your not breathing, well then your… dead! Many of us are not even conscious of our breathing or how powerful the breath can be! Practicing deep breathing and other breathing techniques can increase the oxygen within our bodies helping us to relax and feel more awake. There are many different yogi breathing techniques which focus specifically on increasing prana/Qi/energy within the body. Some practices when done correctly can actually have you feeling high and in states off bliss because the body and mind become so calm, I have personally experienced this a few times using techniques such as the Wim Hof Method. I also feel this is why many people feel good after having an intense workout, because their heart rate goes up so they have to consume more oxygen.Try taking anywhere between 10-30 deep inhales with a slow and relaxed exhale and see how you feel afterwards. (I recommend doing this sitting down as you could feel slightly light headed and experience some tingling sensations) this is normal.
I understand meditating is not for everyone. I think the practice can be misunderstood sometimes and can leave the practitioner feeling slightly confused. But don’t be put of by it as it can be a great way to calm your mind and help you become more self aware. Try sitting down closing your eyes and just become aware of your breath, don’t try to change anything, just simply observe. Notice how your body feels, are you holding any tension? There is no right or wrong, you are just observing what is going on. Where are your thoughts? What can you hear? Just accept everything as it is, keep returning to your breath. You may eventually notice it deepen. Your body may become more relaxed along with your mind. If not thats OK too.
By Calming your mind and body you become more aware, more focused and are able to flow with life a bit better. Give it a try and see how you feel!