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Starting the Day Right

July 13th, 2017

How you begin your day sets the tone for all that is to follow. Getting off to a good start can ensure that your day is productive and that you are performing at your best. Here are a few things to incorporate into your morning routine to make sure your day is the best it can be.

1. Wake up with natural light
Research has shown that artificial light can have a negative effect on our sleep quality. It is not easy to completely blot out artificial light, but it is healthier if we allow ourselves to wake up to natural light in the morning, letting the sunlight rouse us from sleep.

2. Practice Mindfulness
This is a good way to get yourself going in the morning. Mindfulness helps you to focus and concentrate better, reduces stress, and improves your mood. There are various ways of practicing mindfulness. You should try various techniques until you find one that you like.

3. Be methodical
In other words, make your routine the same each day. This saves energy and willpower because you have to make fewer decisions. When you do the same thing each day, you don’t have to worry about making choices. It simply becomes automatic and less stressful.

4. Use the Pivot Point
Some psychologists suggest looking over your to-do list as part of your morning routine with an eye toward seeing if there is a task or tasks on the list that, once done, would make it easier to finish the other things on the list.

You should also look at the difficulty of your tasks, with an eye toward tackling the hardest things first while you are still fresh and energetic.

5. Take a Cold Shower
This will certainly help to wake you up, but it has other benefits as well. Cold showers can help to reduce stress and even improve your mood if you are feeling depressed, as well as boosting the immune system.

This is what health experts recommend – shower first as you normally do, then turn the water temperature down as far as you can stand for 30 seconds, then turn it up again for 30 seconds, then down a second time for 30 seconds.

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