From cold brew to drip to espresso at Starbucks, Dunkin’, or that neighborhood shop you’ve fallen in love with, we all have specific ways to enjoy our cup of coffee. After four years of decline, coffee drinking is back on the rise, according to the NCA National Coffee Drinking Trends 2017 report.
Coffee is undeniably the go-to pick-me-up in the morning for many Americans, but if you’re looking to change up your routine or avoid coffee-shop lines, we’ve come up with some ways you can get your day kickstarted without the extra caffeine.
Smell the roses (kind of): Well, maybe not roses, but some scents can actually help you wake up, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Essential oils like peppermint, citrus and rosemary are all great ways to energize your body in the morning, but one company is taking it a step further with its olfactory alarm clark. Sensorwake works like every alarm clock, except instead of being startled awake with loud noises, this device wakes you up gently by diffusing a scent. They even have an espresso aroma!
Get your brain buzzed: Start your day with brain-stimulating activities, like crosswords or Sudoku puzzles. If your morning news doesn’t come from a print newspaper that has activities like these, you can also try brain-boosting apps like Lumosity or Clockwork Brain.
Move to your morning soundtrack: One of the best ways to wake up is to get moving! Find your perfect a.m. playlist on Spotify (there’s one called Morning Motivation that’s pretty great), or create your own with your favorite jams that will get you ready for the day.
Switch to green tea: It’s still got some caffeine but also has health benefits that coffee lacks. Green tea can help boost your immunity and fight heart disease, so it’s definitely worth a try.
Wash your face: Warm water can make you feel more relaxed, which is great when you’re winding down after a long day but not so much to start it, so it’s no surprise that some cold water in the morning will get you wide awake. Try washing your face with cold water when you wake up, or you can try ending your shower with cold water for the same pick-me-up effect.
Thanks for the photo, Mpho Mojapelo!