Good Morning!  Hello!  After having a bit of vacation, I am glad to be back.  I’ve missed you, my dear reader.  I surely hope you are having an amazing summer.  It’s going by much too quickly, don’t you think?    

Up until Thursday morning, I actually had another topic for discussion altogether.  However, as I was walking through the halls at work that morning, I noticed a lot of people that just looked so tired.  I was particularly struck by one person who literally seemed to stagger up the stairs, eyes barely open.  What?  Wake up!  I instantly knew I had to write on this topic.    

I work in a business office, and by Thursday and Friday, it’s normal to feel a little tired in the morning,  It’s a completely different thing to let yourself get to the point that you are so tired you have difficulties climbing stairs.  Here are some tips to ensure that you are awake by the time you enter the office building.

Wake Up Early Enough

Now it does not have to be a 5AM wake up time.  You know I would love it if you did, but it’s just not absolutely necessary.  It does need to be early enough that you can be fully away by the time you get in your car to drive to work.  You know yourself better than anyone, so determine ahead of time how much time you need to be fully awake before you head to work. 

So, in other words, definitely do not roll out of bed and head in to work.  You will likely not be fully awake and ready to go when you get there.  You will be like that person, dragging yourself up the stairs looking like you don’t want to be there.  That’s not quite the impression you want to give others either, right?  Ok.  So, wake up early enough.

Get Enough Sleep

This goes with the first point.  If you know that you tend to feel increasingly tired as the work week unfolds, then be aware of how much sleep you need to wake up early enough.  There is no where in this blog will I ever tell you to skimp on sleep.  Sleep is essential to you being at your best every single day. 

Disclaimer: Now I am not a doctor, sleep specialist, or any other kind of medical professional, so I’m not giving medical advice; however, I’ve had sleep issues in the past, and I know how difficult they can make your day. 

Exercise

It’s a well-known fact that exercise releases endorphins that will boost your mood.  Getting the blood circulating should also wake you up.  With a natural mood-booster like exercise, you will not only feel more awake, you will be more awake and ready to tackle the day. 

Get Hydrated

After sleeping for eight hours, you are going to be dehydrated.  Afterall, when was the last time you had something to eat or drink?  Try drinking some water before going in to work.  I tend to drink a good 24 ounces of water in the morning during my morning routine, sometimes more.   That can certainly make you feel more awake. To make it more fun, some people like to infuse their water with lemon or cucumbers or other fruits.

Journaling

Journaling is a nice, quiet, and slow way to wake up in the morning.  Getting your thoughts out of your head, clears your mind and prepares you for the day.  Get the clutter out of your head and focus on the day you have been given.  You may even find yourself waking up more pleasantly than just rolling out of bed and going to work. 

Take Care of the Body

Make sure to get up early enough to take care of the body.  You know what you need to do to make yourself feel refreshed and ready to go for the day.  If you are taking the time to do what you need to do, you will allow yourself time to wake up before heading to work.

Smile and Greet People

You,ve probably thought about most of the points listed here, but you may not have thought about this one.  Smiling and greeting people as you enter the building and walk to your work space can definitely make you look awake. And bonus! The act of smiling itself will make you feel better. 

Smiling is also contagious.  When you share a smile and a greeting with someone, you will feel more energized by the connection.  No one will realize how tired you are when you are flashing a brilliant smile and greeting people with energy. 

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So those are my tips. Whether you go all out and create yourself a personal morning routine or just choose one of these items in the morning, you will be on the right path to not look tired or be tired going into the office. How you present yourself is key to your personal brand.

Question of the Day: Do you have any tips to share with me? Please share them in the comments below.

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