Simple Tips to Get Energized For Your Busy Day

Get out of bed sleepy head.  This is easier said than done because I am definitely NOT a morning person.  I am secretly jealous of my husband because he loves getting up early to work out, go for a bike ride, or even go into work early.  I am sure many of you face the same obstacles as I throughout the day such as carpooling, working, cooking, cleaning, and making time for your children.  Sleeping through the night can  be even more of a challenge; especially if you have a newborn baby, sick child, or work is keeping you up too late.  Then, before you know it, your alarm is going off and it’s time to be excited for a new day.  YA RIGHT!!!!!

So, I’m writing this post to help jump start my new morning routine.

 The goal is simple; I want to have more energy throughout my busy day. I want to be happier and less stressed, and I want to be more healthy inside and out.  Here are a few ways to get the morning started right.

Simple Tips to Get Energized For Your Busy Day

#1.  Get Up and Go

 Get out of bed 10 minutes earlier everyday.  Setting my alarm clock earlier has helped me feel less stressed with my morning routine and has made it easier getting my girls off to school on time with a smile.

#2.  Yoga and Meditation

Yoga wakes up your mind and body and gets your energy flowing.

Simple Tips to Get Energized For Your Busy Day

Meditation or Prayer

 Even if I meditate for just 5 minutes this helps me get focused for the day.  My daughters love doing yoga with me, and I’m amazed by how much they enjoy meditating and sitting quietly (even if it only lasts a few minutes.)

Cat-Cow Pose

Simple Tips to Get Energized For Your Busy Day

This is a great morning stretch for your back and it opens the whole spine.  Make sure you keep your arms straight and your head down.  Do this for 2 minutes.

Tree Pose

Simple Tips to Get Energized For Your Busy Day

This pose is amazing for balance and stretching your legs.  Stand up straight and shift your weight onto your right foot.  Then bring the sole of your left foot up to your right inner thigh.  Put your hands together in prayer position over the chest.  If you lose your balance try again.

#3.  Take a Walk

Simple Tips to Get Energized For Your Busy Day Simple Tips to Get Energized For Your Busy Day

Walking increases your energy level, lowers your cholesterol, and increases bone strength.  I would go on long walks when I was pregnant with all three of my daughters not only was it great exercise but I had so much more energy throughout the day and slept better at night.  It is also a great way to bond with friends and family even if you only have 30 minutes.

#4.  Herbal Tea

Simple Tips to Get Energized For Your Busy Day

 Herbal tea can calm anxiety, provide plenty of anti-oxidants and soothe the stomach.  After you are done drinking your morning tea use the tea bags to relieve puffiness by putting them on your eyes.  It truly makes you feel like you are at a day spa until you take them off and your 3 year old is looking a you like you are crazy.

Simple Tips to Get Energized For Your Busy Day

#5.  Under Eye Gel

Simple Tips to Get Energized For Your Busy Day

If the tea bags don’t get the job done with the puffiness under your eyes try this under eye gel by Simple at CVS Pharmacy.  This helps to revitalize your tired eyes by just rolling it on.  I love how quick and easy this is.

#6.  Green Goddess Smoothie

Simple Tips to Get Energized For Your Busy Day

Make your own in your blender or if you don’t have the time, go buy one at your local smoothie shop. (Don’t forget the protein.) Green smoothies provide a boost of minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins which will give you more energy to get things done throughout your day.

Green Goddess Smoothie

2 celery stalks

1 cucumber

handful of kale leaves

handful of spinach

1 apple

1 lemon peeled

ice

#7. Water

Simple Tips to Get Energized For Your Busy Day

I saved the best for last.  If you are not drinking enough water you will get dehydrated and it will then trigger a false hunger. Believe me I know this to be true.  I will snack on junk food all day if I don’t drink enough water.  Adding a lemon will help improve your immune system and metabolism, and it adds a touch of flavor.

Extra Tips

1. Take a steamy hot shower.  This always does the trick to wake me right up.

2.  Eat something healthy, like a bowl of fresh fruit or some eggs cooked your favorite way.

3.  Stay away from caffeine.  This is a temporary quick fix.

4.Workout.  Lift weights, bike, hike or run.  Running gives me the energy I need on a daily basis.

5.  Smile.  If Mom and Dad are happy everyone is happy.

I obviously am not going to have time to do these everyday, but my goal is to try a couple a day and see what works best for me .  I’ve been surprised that just by getting up earlier and drinking a green smoothie has changed my mood and given me much more energy throughout the day. I hope you will try this with me and tell me what works best for you.

What is your morning routine to help you rise and shine?

Simple Tips to Get Energized For Your Busy Day

Ash Sig

Ashley was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and now lives in Henderson, Nevada.  She studied in Germany and created a hand knit hat business in 1998–Mutze by Ashley (meaning hat in German).  She is obsessed with her Husband, three daughters, fashion, coconut desserts, and garden gnomes.

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COMMENTS
  1. January 25th, 2013 at 9:42 am
    Missy says:
    I love these ideas! I have always wanted to try yoga (my friend swears by it) but have not yet - it is on my list to do for sure - I like the idea of doing it first thing in the morning.
  2. January 25th, 2013 at 10:46 am
    Morning Mama - Not says:
    Great ideas, especially setting the alarm earlier - 10 minutes and working up to an earlier start time. Great reminder too about how energizing yoga is. I need to reintroduce that into my workout routine. Loved the ideas overall and loved the pics. The model was really beautiful too. You have awesome posts.
  3. January 25th, 2013 at 11:05 am
    Rachel says:
    These are great tips. This website always seems to be right on point. I could definitely use some advice on getting more energy! The model in these pictures is also very beautiful, by the way.
  4. January 25th, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    Rachel says:
    Oh thank you for sharing these!! I used to be a morning person... I dont' know what's happened these past couple of years. I just can't get up for the life of me. I used to love taking showers and love getting ready and love doing yoga - and now I beg my husband to let me sleep in longer, haha. The best thing for me is to immediately get up when my alarm clock goes off (literally, I have to like jump out of bed), then get my butt straight into the shower. It's the only thing that gets me going. I have to get it over with before I even really know what's going on.
  5. January 25th, 2013 at 12:20 pm
    Laura says:
    I am so not a morning person and am so grumpy when I wake up. My husband (and I) really wants me to work on this, so it's one of my goals this year. I'm going to try all these tips - I really need them - to be a happier, healthier person!
    Thank you!!!
  6. January 25th, 2013 at 2:38 pm
    Susie says:
    Love this post! As a mother of two, I feel like I need more energy throughout the day as well. You can bet I will be trying all these out! Thank you Ashley. I love your posts. Keep them coming!
  7. January 25th, 2013 at 3:13 pm
    Shelley says:
    I am definitely not a morning person and am exited to try a few of these ideas. Thanks for the great post.
  8. January 25th, 2013 at 4:56 pm
    Audra says:
    Oh my gosh I love this post! So informative, and exciting. I cant wait to try several of these ideas. This pic are beautiful and who is that model?!! She is beautiful!
  9. January 25th, 2013 at 7:43 pm
    Libby says:
    I am not a morning person either so these tips are definitely going to come in handy with trying to wake up earlier so I have a more productive day. Thanks for your posts... They are always so helpful.
  10. January 25th, 2013 at 8:16 pm
    Darling Darleen says:
    These tips are so helpful! I definitely feel that when I drink a lot of water, I eat more healthy and not junk food. Love doing yoga--just wish I did it more often. But I like the idea of doing a few yoga poses each day instead of an entire hour of yoga. No time for that! BTW, the model is gorgeous! And I see no puffiness under her eyes. She's got flawless skin. She must be doing all the morning tips!
  11. January 25th, 2013 at 9:25 pm
    Erin says:
    I find turning on ALL the lights works for me in the mornings.
  12. January 25th, 2013 at 11:38 pm
    briana says:
    Thanks - love the simple yoga poses anyone can do. And the green smoothie looks yummy (may want to add some Chlorella too!). All great ways to start the day EVERYDAY.
  13. January 26th, 2013 at 8:12 am
    Brooke says:
    I agree that yoga is a great energizer - it also calms and focuses my mind. This post made me realize how much more I can be doing to have energy and a productive day. Thanks for making me be honest with myself!
  14. January 26th, 2013 at 1:26 pm
    mikey says:
    Great stuff!
  15. February 2nd, 2013 at 9:22 am
    Marilyn King says:
    I love your emails and have gotten a lot of ideas and information from them. My only problem is that I am never able to print your free printables. I enter the code Welcome but I can never print out whatever you have to offer. What am I doing wrong?
  16. March 22nd, 2013 at 3:39 pm
    Shannan says:
    Green Goddess Smoothie going to make it now!
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