There’s a saying that goes, “if you win the morning, you win the day.” Nowhere is this truer than in home health. In a profession that’s so demanding and intensive, winning the morning is critical to being as productive, engaged, and efficient as possible. Here are twenty ways to do that:
1. Wake Up To Natural Light If you can, wake up to natural light. An excellent way to do this is by going to bed with your curtains half open so that the morning sun will stream in as it rises. If you can’t sleep like this, thanks to light pollution from streetlamps or something similar, consider investing in a daylight alarm clock, which uses a wake-up light to simulate natural sunlight and help you wake up bright, happy, and feeling fresh.
2. Give Yourself More Time In The Morning A rushed morning is a recipe for stress and unhappiness. To feel fresher and happier, set your alarm clock 15-30 minutes earlier each day. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable morning routine that’s filled with all the things that make you happy and satisfied, from stretching to reading to simply enjoying a peaceful cup of coffee. While learning to wake up a bit earlier might be tough at first, it will have marked benefits for your time and well-being.
3. Stretch A daily stretching routine has dozens of perks, ranging from increased mobility and flexibility to improved posture and strength. When you wake up, do a short sunrise yoga practice or simply stretch each of your extremities for 15 seconds. This simple exercise will help prime you for the rest of the day and make you feel healthy and ready to go.
4. Read Reading for 5-10 minutes each morning can help you get in a good frame of mind for the rest of your day. Pick a book of motivational quotes or read from one of your favorite novels or the newspaper. In addition to helping to calm your brain and put you in problem-solving mode, reading can extend your morning routine and make it more relaxing.
5. Take A Vitamin Or Wellness Supplement The better you feel, the more ready you’ll be to take on the day. With this in mind, incorporate a vitamin or wellness supplement into your morning care regimen. While the supplement you take will depend in large part on your personal health and goals, taking a probiotic, multivitamin, powdered green supplement or something similar will work wonders when it comes to helping you feel healthy and vigorous.
6. Limit Your Decisions Did you know that making decisions makes your brain tired? Scientists call the phenomenon “decision fatigue.” Luckily, you can give your brain a break by limiting the number of decisions you have to make in the morning. Do this by prepping your coffee or tea, laying out your clothing, deciding what to eat for breakfast, and deciding which route to take to work the night before. While it may seem silly, this simple ritual can make it much easier to enjoy a relaxed and leisurely morning.
7. Get Some Fresh Air Fresh air helps you feel alert and awake. With this in mind, take a walk or enjoy a cup of coffee outside before you get ready for the day ahead.
8. Do Something Physical Whether you’re a gym person or an outdoor enthusiast, make some time to do something physical before you head into work. Ideal for pumping up the blood flow to your brain and helping your body feel fit and active, being physical in the morning is an essential component for a great day.
9. Wake Up To The Smell Of Coffee If you’re a coffee drinker, buy a coffee maker that you can program to auto-brew before you wake up. This way, when your alarm goes off, you’ll have the scent of delicious coffee to lure you out of bed. You’ll also reduce one step in your morning routine, which is essential to enjoying a more streamlined start to the day.
10. Listen To Music Listening to music can help kickstart your brain and make you feel more alert. To give yourself an immediate morning boost, listen to your favorite radio station for 5-10 minutes each morning.
11. Journal Journaling is an excellent way to get rid of disruptive thoughts and prime yourself for the day ahead. Luckily, a morning journaling routine is easy to begin. Spend 10 minute each morning just writing down whatever is in your head. This allows you to get things like worry and anxiety out on paper, rather than letting them to rule your day-to-day life.
12. Eat Protein A balanced breakfast is essential to a great day, and eating lots of protein first thing is ideal. Instead of fueling up on dairy or pastries, eat a protein-dense breakfast of eggs or low-fat Greek yogurt. In addition to helping you feel alert and energized, protein also gives you the energy boost you need to make it through the day.
13. Stop Snoozing While it may seem like hitting the snooze button will give you the precious few moments of extra sleep you need, it interrupts your REM cycle. The more you snooze, the more you impair your body’s natural rhythm, making it harder to get out of bed. From now on, stop hitting the snooze button and, instead, get up when the alarm sounds.
14. Change Your Alarm Noise Nobody wants to wake up to a shrill shrieking or a loud alarm. Instead, set your alarm noise to music or natural sound, like running water or chirping birds. This makes waking up less stressful and more pleasant.
15. Prime Your Body With Water Instead of turning right to a cup of coffee in the morning, drink a glass of room temperature water, first. It’s a nice wake-up call for your muscles and organs and can help you rehydrate after a long night of losing moisture through your breath.
16. Meditate Even if you don’t connect with meditation on a religious level, meditating for a bit each morning can help you get in a positive mindset and put the anxieties and concerns of every day to rest. Use an app like Headspace for fast, guided meditations that are beginner-friendly.
17. Make Your Bed Nobody likes coming home to a bombed-out bedroom. With this in mind, take five extra minutes in the morning to make your bed. It’ll help your space feel neater and tidier and make the process of getting out of the house more organized.
18. Get Dressed While running out the door without brushing your hair may seem harmless, it can take a toll on your attitude throughout the rest of the day. Instead, take the time to get dressed and ready. Not only will you look more professional, but you’ll also feel better about yourself throughout the day.
19. Stay Off Social Media Social media can have a detrimental impact on our emotional and mental wellbeing. With this in mind, stay off of it in the morning and leave checking your Facebook page until later in the day.
20. Smile Listen to something that makes you happy, like an audio book or favorite radio show as you drive to work. You’ll smile and feel happier all day.
Better Mornings Make for Better Days As a caregiver, getting the best possible start to each day is critical. In addition to helping you feel more motivated and prepared for the challenges of the day ahead, these twenty steps will also support your mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing, allowing you to be stronger and more present for your patient(s).