Coffee helps a lot of people get through every day. It is what takes them from an average state of mind to a happy one. Without coffee it can be difficult to make it through the day normally. Coffee also has health benefits, helps aid in focus and has been shown to help cancer and lower the chance of acquiring diabetes. It tastes good and is multi-functional. Although coffee is great and has great benefits, there may be a time you need to hold off on coffee or stop drinking it for whatever reason, including a certain dietary order from a doctor. Life can be difficult if you are used to consuming caffeine regularly to help you start your day. Here are some ideas that can help you wake up without that black, steamy cup of love.

1. Natural light 
When you go to bed at night, it is good to put away all electronics well before sleep time and make sure the room is nice and dark for a full night’s rest. However, in order to wake up naturally without coffee, let your blinds be open and let the sun’s natural rays pour through. According to science, the sun’s rays can help your biological clock know when it is time to get up. The light helps something called your circadian rhythm, which means the light will make your brain more alert.

2. Shower
Take an ice cold shower! Will it be fun? Not necessarily. Will it wake you up? Absolutely. Some even say it will help to motivate you and inspire you to be more productive with your day. To get the full effect, it is not necessary to take the whole shower cold. You could take a warm shower and finish with a second or two of cold at the end.
If you do not feel like doing your whole body, maybe just try your face. The point is to expose your body to cold water for a brief moment to give it a little shock.

3. Exercise 
Simple but effective, getting blood pumping through your veins helps to energize you and keep you awake. A double bonus to doing your exercise in the morning is it will get it out of the way and do not have to worry about it later on. It helps to relieve your stress and release endorphins, the feel-good hormone. Do anything that gets your heart pumping. It does not have to be complex.

4. Choose Your Food 
Carbs are not always bad for you. Studies have shown that certain whole grain carbs can help you feel more focused during the day and alert. Starting your day with a hearty bowl of oats will not only keep you fuller for longer but help you work better too.

5. Listen to Tunes 
Music has a big impact on our overall mood. It can do many things, relax you, sadden you, make you feel happy, and of course energize you. One thing you can do is to make an upbeat playlist to help you wake up in the mornings and feel more motivated to tackle the day. Music is great therapy and can also work as a good substitute for coffee. Bonus points if you dance while you listen- since dance is exercise.

6. Busy Your Mind 
Keeping your mind active with hard puzzles that force you to think is one way to get yourself to wake up and be alert. Riddles or puzzles that take all our attention and energy are a good way to pull out all of our efforts and focus and summon them without the caffeine boost. Start your day with a Soduku puzzle or trivia questions to help you be as alert as you can be.

7. Minty Fresh 
Sometimes the smell of mint can wake you up. If you have a peppermint oil to diffuse or wear, or peppermint in your toothpaste, that can also do the trick.

8. Dark Chocolate 
Although maybe better eaten in the afternoon or evening, you may choose to indulge in the morning if you need a little caffeine boost. Dark chocolate is known to contain small amounts of caffeine, so sometimes it can be used to substitute for coffee.