Healthy Habits to Practice for the Morning
When we wake up, sometimes we feel exhausted and out of it. While it is important to get at least 7 to 8 hours of good sleep, it is equally important to start your day off with healthy habits. If you are family caregiver, this rule is important because it can help you organize your busy schedule, manage your stress, and establish a healthy routine. Establishing a routine paired with healthy habits can help ensure that you balance your tasks later in the day with efficiency. Below, ElderCare at Home will go over some tips to help you get into a routine in the morning.
- Try not to do too much in the morning: If you have a work schedule, then you may have to be present in an office or working space at a certain time. As a result, your time could be limited in the morning. Try preparing meals the night before and get your things gathered so they are read to go before you leave the house.
- Avoid your phone when you first wake up: It is not a healthy habit to check your emails first thing in the morning. There is no reason you should risk stressing yourself out right when you wake up. Avoiding your phone is a way to compartmentalize your chores and responsibilities. Compartmentalizing allows you to focus on what is in front of you at the moment and to worry about other things until you must.
- Give yourself time for your routine: Although we all value sleep, waking up too late can cause serious stress, especially if you have a series of chores to complete in the morning before you leave for work or anywhere else. Give yourself enough time to complete your routine comfortably without racing out the door, even if that means going to bed a little earlier than usual.
- Do a little light activity when you wake up: This does not mean that you need to exercise vigorously. But try doing some light stretches or take a short walk around the block to get your blood flowing.
- Make a list: Set aside 5 minutes in your morning to write down all of your goals for the day. This will help you to (1) get your mind off of everything that is worrying you and (2) give you concrete goals to pursue throughout your day.
- Eat a healthy breakfast: Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. So make sure that you eat a breakfast that is healthy and filling. Try to stay away from fast foods if possible. Prepare some oatmeal, eggs, fresh fruits, or healthy cereal.
- Take five minutes to meditate: Meditation can include deep breathing, practicing some mindfulness, or prayer. Often, these practices can be combined and can be very effective even if done for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Let in the natural light: Help your body get used to the natural rhythm of the day by exposing your eyes to natural sunlight in the morning. Do not keep the house closed up and dark. The morning is a time to wake up, and you can help your body become more awake by letting the sun in.
ElderCare at Home is committed to helping family caregivers get some relief. Establishing a routine can be one way to reduce the stress in your life. If you have any questions please visit our website or call 888-285-0093.