These one-minute fixes will wake you up, fast. 

By Jessica Migala
Updated March 23, 2018
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Step Into a Cold Blast

Crank the shower to cold for a few seconds (if you dare), or at the very least splash your face with cold water. Even just a brief exposure to the cold is invigorating, many experts say.

Opt for Orange

The bright color is stimulating, says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and author of The Complete Color Harmony, Pantone Edition. Why? We associate orange with energy, and our body responds in kind. Throw on a vibrant orange robe, pour yourself a glass of orange juice, or use an orange place mat or mug.

Open Your Heart

A “heart-opening” yoga pose, like cobra, “will infuse energy into your body,” says Boston-based holistic health coach Kerri Axelrod, who’s also a certified yoga instructor. Here’s how to do it: Lie facedown with your hands on the floor by your shoulders, then straighten your arms to lift your chest up as far as feels comfortable, keeping your lower body on the floor. Hold for up to 30 seconds; feel free to repeat.

Turn on Tunes

“Research shows that music you like will deliver a dose of positivity,” says Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, author of Better Than Pefect. Genre doesn’t really matter, as long as the music jazzes you up.

Get a Whiff of Citrus

To pull yourself out of a morning fog, use an essential oil. Some scents, such as citrus and rosemary, are naturally uplifting, says Donna Audia, RN, an inpatient integrative medicine nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Put a drop in the corner of the shower; the steam will disperse the scent around you as you’re sudsing up.