I’ve been a morning person my entire life, but recently there’s been a shift...Not too long ago, I shared an Instagram post after struggling for weeks (months?) with my energy levels. You all responded in droves with such incredible pieces of advice. I immediately began collecting them all in my phone's Notes app to remember for later, but there were so many that I didn't want to keep them all to myself. I've categorized them by topic below, and would love to hear if you have any additional methods for feeling your best, first thing in the morning.
I've been B12 and iron deficient for a while now and was blown away by what a difference it made once I started taking supplements (apparently occasionally eating spinach doesn't quite cut it). I'd highly recommend getting your blood work and hormone levels checked to see if you have any deficiencies, as it's the best way to get a clear look at what you may be missing. A lot of people suggested Magnesium and Melatonin at night (specifically this Triple Calm magnesium supplement) and adaptogens (Rhodiola and Ashwagandha were recommended), as well as looking into vitamin D deficiency, adrenal fatigue, and cortisol levels.
Anyone who's followed me for any amount of time knows I take a relatively lax approach towards my diet. As I'm writing this, it's 2 p.m. and today I've had two coffees (one decaf at least!), a bowl of candy, and some of Sloan's leftover pancakes. In short: I'm not exactly the beacon of health. I received quite a few people suggesting to reduce sugar, gluten, dairy, alcohol, and caffeine consumption (womp womp). Caffeine surprised me since it seems counterintuitive, but I was told to drink water with lemon instead. Another interesting tip was to stop eating 2 to 3 hours before bed, which is pretty much the opposite of how I approach my evenings. Other people swear by a Keto diet or Whole 30, though I'm not typically a fan of any kind of elimination diet. Three easy things I plan on trying: an increase in electrolyte intake, chamomile tea before bed, and a maca supplement.
Of the three different approaches towards feeling more rested in the morning, it's the lifestyle-related section in which I'm doing best. We try not to watch TV in bed, I avoid the computer and my phone at night, and walk for an hour five times a week. My biggest downfall is my stress and anxiety—a killer combo that keeps me up for hours at a time each night. I've been trying to experiment more with meditation (Headspace is my go-to) and a lot of people swear by SleepCycle apps. Since I'm such a light sleeper, I like people's suggestions to start using earplugs and eye masks and am even open to looking into a naturopath. Lastly, I've been looking into aesthetically pleasing oil diffusers so that our bedroom becomes a lavender-scented oasis when we go in there for the night.
Update: It's been a few weeks since I shared the sluggishness I'd been feeling in the morning, and I'm ecstatic to report that it's gotten so much better! I know that B12 and iron play a major role, but simply being aware of some of the other contributing factors in the three main categories has made a big difference. I'd love to know if there are any tips I didn't cover that have helped make you feel like your most rested selves come morning!