Maybe you hate the taste of coffee, you hate the effects of caffeine or you’re just trying to depend on caffeine slightly less. No matter what, waking up in the morning–and staying awake all day–can be tough, especially if you have a demanding school or work schedule. I love sitting down with a cup of coffee in the morning but by the time I reach my office, my hands are shaking and my energy is back at zero. Coffee is a great way to get your energy up in the morning, but it isn’t the only way. 

Shower in the morning

If you currently take your showers at night it might be time to switch up your shower routine. Showering in the morning can get your blood pumping and help you feel ready to take on the day. If you already shower in the morning, try switching up the temperature of the water every once and awhile, or find a new scent for your shampoo or body wash that makes you feel invigorated instead of cozy and ready for bed. 

Stretch

Before you even leave you bed you can do a few toe touches and simple stretches to get the blood flowing. Going to work or class with sore muscles would make anyone want to crawl right back into bed. 

Exercise

Even if you aren’t a morning person, it can be easy to get a little bit of exercise before you start your day. Try doing a few jumping jacks before you get into the shower, do some squats while your bacon is cooking or take a walk around the block. If your classes or office are close enough, mix up your routine by walking instead of driving. Or take a brisk walk to your nearest Starbucks and grab yourself a drink (caffeinated or non-caffeinated, I won’t judge) before heading home to finish getting ready. If you’re really ambitious you can wake up early and head to the gym or go for a run or a swim before you come home. 

Drink tea

If you still need something hot and steamy to wake you up in the morning but you don’t want to rely on caffeine, try a cup of herbal tea. You can keep your morning ritual of making yourself a drink in the morning but you won’t have a stomach ache or shaky hands by the time you arrive at your 8 a.m. 

Drink water

We all know the health benefits of drinking water. Clear skin, fast metabolism, delivers oxygen to the body, gets your joints and muscles loosened up. So why do we wait until halfway through the day to pick up a glass of water? Get your morning started by drinking cold water right when you wake up. You can even cut up some fresh fruits or veggies to add to your water for a better taste and more nutrients.

Turn on some music

If you still need something else to get up and feel energized in the morning, make a wake up playlist of your favorite upbeat songs and get to singing and dancing in the morning. You can play it in the shower, while you’re making breakfast or while you’re driving or walking to class or work. Save the slow songs and classical tunes for your evening studies.

Georgia G
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“Georgia Gallagher is a graduating senior at The University of Alabama, where she is double majoring in Journalism and Political Science. When she’s not studying, she can be found running political organizations on campus, writing, and advocating for pro-life policies. She often says that her planner is second only to her Bible and she’s never caught without a cup of coffee in her hand.”