What you do first thing in the morning really does make a difference, as you set yourself up for success all day long, both at school and in your personal life. It’s the little things that add up to smart choices, which can quickly become part of your improved routine.
Here are five things you can do to make this happen:
Prepare the Night Before
Before you go to bed, have everything you need ready to start the next day on the right note.
Eliminate excuses. Have your clothes laid out and pressed, your school bag packed, and your lunch and healthy snacks prepared. By setting out your exercise clothes or having your gym bag ready to go, you prime your mind for fitting exercise into the day. And it will soon become a regular part of your routine.
Set your alarm a few minutes early. Give yourself enough time to complete your efficient, yet relaxing a.m. routine without feeling rushed or frazzled. Try to avoid hitting the snooze button, which does not extend your sleep in a beneficial way. Once interrupted, the quality of your sleep is not the same, especially if you have to get up just a few minutes later.
Feed Your Body and Your Brain.
It’s not just a cliché. Breakfast really is the most important meal of your day. A healthy breakfast helps you to concentrate, focus and be productive.
Hydrate. Before you eat breakfast, drink a glass of water. This will help you to wake up, kickstart your metabolism and hydrate your entire body. When it comes to other morning beverages, avoid sugary drinks or fancy, calorie-laden specialty coffees. Stick to fresh fruit juice, black coffee or tea.
Start off the morning with a stretching routine. It doesn’t have to take long, and it will get your body limber. Yoga or similar stretches energize you and ease away any tension from the previous day or uncomfortable sleeping positions.
Cool off your shower. Turning your shower water on cold – at least for the first few minutes – will further relieve your body of fatigue and also increase your mental alertness.
Tidy Up and Stay Organized
Make your bed, load your dishes into the dishwasher and generally neaten up before leaving home. An orderly space leads to a clear mind, and it’s nice to come home to, regardless of how the rest of the day goes.
Avoid the computer. Try to keep your mornings tech-free. Save it for work, and keep your personal online matters on hold till you get home.
Even the worst chronic sleepyheads can become better morning people with the right attitude.
- Try meditating. Meditation strengthens the relationship between your mind and your body making it a great way to start the day. And it’s easily combined with your wake-up stretch routine.
- Listen to music. Playing – and maybe even singing along to – your favorite upbeat song is one of the simplest ways to pump yourself up for the entire day ahead.
- Smile! With a positive outlook, it will all be okay. You use less muscles to smile than to frown – and it’s well worth this tiny but very important effort!
For more ideas on improving your school-based therapy career – and your overall work/life balance – contact the pros at Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services today. We have the resources and contacts you need to make every day another effective step toward your successful future.