Jumpstart Your Day In Six Easy Steps
1 Get a good night’s sleep. A good night’s sleep helps you to go in to work energized, focused and ready to take on the day. Lack of sleep decreases your ability to concentrate, interferes with executive brain function that helps you to make good decisions and can leave you feeling fatigued and frazzled for the rest of the day.
3. Resist the temptation to skip breakfast. You would not expect your car to run on an empty tank, so do not expect your brain to function optimally if it is dehydrated and lacks fuel.
4. Start the day with an optimistic thought that youbelieve. Each morning, list 3-5 things in your life that evoke a sense of gratitude- your car that gets you to work daily, comfortable bed to sleep in, good friends, etc. Nothing is too small or too big. If something makes you smile list it. Research has shown that we can improve our stress and anxiety levels by identifying thoughts that cause us anxiety and replacing them with positive thoughts that we believe more.
5. Avoid the morning frantic energy by preparing the night before. For example, I can spend a good 15 minutes looking for my keys. This can quickly build into frustration and angst because now I am going to be late and the traffic is going to be horrendous, etc. If I put my keys in a specific spot, disaster averted. Be creative with this strategy. Other things to consider, pack lunches the night before, pick out the clothes you are going to wear, etc.
6. Create a 10-20 minute window in the morning to set the tone for the rest of your day. You may choose meditation for its ability to create a sense of well-being and calm. The other health benefits suggested by research such as, helping with anxiety, blood pressure and fatigue are just a bonus. You may choose to use this time to visualize the way that you want the day to go. While there is no guarantee that your day will turn out perfectly, athletes have been using this method to enhance their performance for a long time. Finally, you can use this time to get moving. Exercise has been shown to enhance moods, improve memory, decrease anxiety and may help us to think more clearly. Remember, with exercise be consistent and do what you can.
Here’s to having a low stress day! Then go out and #BeFabulouslyFlawed!