I know what it’s like – you feel like you can’t do anything until you’ve had that first cup of coffee in the morning. However, before you reach for that creamy cappuccino, think about getting these things done first to make your day less stressful and improve your overall wellness.
1. Hydrate yourself
Your body will dehydrate overnight, so it’s super important to have a mineral-rich drink when you wake up in the morning. Potassium and sodium are the important ones here, so things like coconut water, aloe vera, grapefruit or orange juice are all perfect choices. You can even dilute them down with water using a 1:1 ratio, and add a pinch of salt.
2. Eat some fibre
If you drink coffee on an empty stomach, you can get your cortisol levels going which can make your blood sugar spike. However, by eating something fibre-rich, like berries, a banana or an orange, you can balance that blood sugar and help keep it steady for the rest of the day.
3. Hit the gym
Although caffeine can feel like it helps you through exercising, it can actually make you feel more anxious. It could also leave you needing the loo mid-session. If you really can’t do without it, try just having a few sips instead of a full cup before you start your sweat session.
4. Brush your teeth
You might think you need to wait until after your morning latte to brush your teeth. However, because the acids in coffee weaken our teeth enamel, brushing them straight away can cause more harm than good. Instead, wait about 30 minutes for your teeth to be protected, then get your toothbrush on the go.
5. Go to the loo
Coffee can make you need to go to the bathroom, so why not get ahead of the game? Pop to the loo before you pour your morning coffee and avoid the mad dash to the loo.
6. Wait 90 minutes before pouring your first cup
Ok, I know this one sounds hard. But, if you can hold off for an hour and a half, your body will have a chance to balance its hormones and give you better energy levels for the rest of the day.
7. Take a stroll
Going out for a walk can make you feel as awake and alert as that cup of coffee you’re used to. Natural light within the first hour of waking up is a big way to help your hormone balance and, when you combine it with exercise, it’s a win-win. So why not treat yourself and walk to the local café for your coffee? The walk will do you good and you can still get that caffeine fix you’re after.