If you’re not a morning person and you can’t drink coffee - what’s a girl to do?!
Oh, how I wish I was one of those people who leap out of bed with sheer happiness that the morning has come round again. But I have never ever been a morning person, unfortch - I promise you that I've tried my darn hardest to be! What can I say? I'm a night owl!
Every morning, I snooze my alarm clock for at least 30 minutes before my eyes are fully open, and another 15 to get my butt out of bed. And I’m grumpy until, at least, 11am. Especially as the dark and cold mornings have well and truly returned. *Groan*.
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Tips On How To Feel More Awake
It could all be fix by going to sleep earlier, I know - but it’s not as easy as that. It takes me forever to fall asleep and my brain overthinks EVERYTHING at night. I use products like lavender bath oils and pillow spray in the evening to promote a healthy night sleep, and they do work! But what I’ve discovered recently are products that help you feel more awake in the morning.
For most people, a quick hit of caffeine first thing in the morning would do the trick but I’ve switched to decaf because I still love the taste of coffee, but not how paranoid and jittery it makes me feel. I especially can’t drink it when I’m tired, it triggered a panic attack once so I’m scared it will happen again. So ‘real’ coffee in the morning is out of the question.
Obviously a good breakfast sets you up nicely - and some people boost their energy by going for a run - the latter is something I don't have the willpower to do (hey, I'm just being honest!) but I have a few other tricks up my sleeve to help me feel better and look more awake (and alive!) in the mornings so that by the time I'm out the door, I feel prepared to take on the day ahead.
Optrex ActiMist 2 in 1 Eye Spray for Dry & Irritated Eyes, £15.99 (shop here)
Eye drops are something I buy everytime I travel by plane or go on holiday because it works a treat to soothe my eyes from pollution, air conditioning, and dryness that tiredness can cause. I want to feel awake for the day and get the most of it my holidays. So why have I never considered using them on a daily basis until now?
I took the Optrex Dare To Stare Blink Challenge and I couldn’t outblink Rodrigo (can you?), which means my eyes could possibly be dry and is a contributing factor to my sleepy state. In fact, sometimes dry eyes trick my brain in to thinking I’m tired when I’m actually not.
It’s more than likely that the last thing I do at night is watch Netflix in bed or scroll through social media on my phone which is a factor in causing dry eyes. I’ll also spend the entire day on the computer working too, which strains and irritates them.
A spray of Optrex ActiMist 2 in 1 Eye Spray for Dry & Irritated Eyes in the morning to stabilise the eye’s natural protective moisture barrier as well as helping to refresh and soothes my eyes making them feel less dry and tired throughout the day.
If you’re not good with putting eye drops in, don’t worry - because this is a spray which is applied to closed eyelids! It’s really easy to use, and is contact lens and make-up compatible so it allows to fit in to your routine without any interference at all. It has become one of my handbag essentials as it can be used up to 4 times a day.
Seascape Uplift Awake Oil, £10.00 (shop link)
This product describes itself as ‘an alarm clock in a bottle’ - well, get my some of that! I was sceptical to begin with but in the similar way in how lavender oil help me sleep, the blend of jersey eucalyptus and lime help me to feel more awake. It appears to have got the attention of the beauty industry because it recently won bronze in the Pure Beauty Award in the Best NEW Natural Product Of The Year.
philosophy take a deep breath eye gel cream, £24.00 (shop link)
Philosophy says that this eye cream brings the brightness back in to your eyes. I have realised the sheer magic of eye cream and for the mornings, philosophy’s take a deep breath eye gel cream is great for cooling, de-puffing, rejuvenates and brightening the eye contour. It features clean-air technology, barley leaf, caffeine, and peptides to refresh, nourish, increase oxygen levels, reduce puffiness and dark circles.
MONU Rosewood Reviving Mist, £19.95 (shop link)
Formulated to awaken the senses with it's cooling effect, MONU Rosewood Reviving Mist livens up your skin transforming it from dull to radiant complexion. Think of it as a little 'pick me up' which can be used whenever you need it (definitely a morning essential!). Top tip: Put this in the fridge for ten minutes for an even more refreshing spritz.
Scrub Love Mint Temptation Coffee Body Scrub, £12.95 (shop link)
This mint scented coffee scrub will waken your senses! It is so great for mornings and post-gym work outs. It has a fresh, uplifting peppermint scent that will pep you up without that weird tingly sensation that some mint scented shower products have. A bag of coffee scrub this size will last you months and MONTHS! Read about 5 benefits of using coffee scrub here.
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Shower Jelly, £5.50 (shop link)
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Lotion, £10.00 (shop link)
A shower is not a shower without Soap & Glory, is it? Their Sugar Crush range is my favourite, the smell is so addictive! If you're not familiar with the scent of Sugar Crush by now, I normally liken it to the lime flavoured Starburst sweets. The energising Sugar Crush is zingy, very lime-y, with a touch of sweetness coming from the sweet almond oil and sugar!
This blogpost was written in collaboration with Optrex. However, all words, opinions, images, and content are my own.