There are many benefits to being an early riser, research has found
“morning people” are often healthier, happier, and slimmer. Early risers are also more productive which helps encourage less stress throughout the day.
Doctor J. Huber of Roehampton University said: “There are morning people and evening people, and morning people tend to be healthier and happier as well as having lower body mass indices.” The reason early risers do better in life could be due to the fact that getting the chores out-of-the-way, and the children out of bed in good time helps people fit in better with hectic modern life, Huber said at a British Psychological Society conference.
Ready to turn up the productivity while decreasing stress? Try these productivity tips to jump-start the day and enjoy it more.
Get prepared. The more that can be prepared the night before, the less has to be done in the morning. If leftovers from dinner make an appearance at lunch the next day, save a step and pack lunch when cleaning up dinner rather than having to drag everything out again. Get clothes and accessories picked out and ironed if need be. Pack any important documents needed and make sure to have a charger for the cell phone and any other essential electronics.
Don’t forget to show some gratitude, research has shown keeping a gratitude journal everyday increases happiness and overall health and wellbeing
Plan. Mentally plan the next day, review all appointments and events on the books, and write down at least three things that must get accomplished on a “have-to-do” list. This allows the brain to begin to work on such goals, even while asleep. In fact, The Guardian reported, that “Doctor Sophie Schwartz, from the University of Geneva, gave volunteers the task of remembering unknown faces or using a joystick to follow a moving dot on a computer screen. Some were then allowed to sleep while others were not. They repeated the same tasks the next day while having their brains scanned. The results showed a period of sleep following a new experience can consolidate and improve subsequent effects of learning from the experience”. Planning is also beneficial when someone is having a hard time staying motivated to exercise consistently. Planning the daily workout the night before helps one to mentally commit to it in advance, thus reducing the likelihood of blowing it off completely.
Sleep. According to a study published in the Neurodiagnostic Journal, poor sleep habits decrease human productivity and performance, while increasing mortality and morbidity. The researchers further found multiple themes that emerged from the literature review in relation to poor sleep and societal impacts. These themes included, “major disasters related to insufficient sleep, performance and productivity, stress, drowsy driving, substance use and abuse, mortality and morbidity, overall health and wellbeing, effects on healthcare systems, and economic costs.”
Tip: To promote sleep, rub lavender essential oil on the soles of the feet. Lavender is beneficial for stress, anxiety, and insomnia.
Establish a healthy morning routine. Upon waking in the morning drink a glass of room temperature water to awaken the internal system and flush the body of toxins.
Try to avoid getting sucked into the electronic black hole, put off checking email and social media sites until completely dressed and ready to go, it is super easy to waste time inadvertently while on the internet.
Fuel up. Last but definitely not least, have a healthy breakfast. Try a quick green smoothie or give overnight oats a go. Overnight oats are super versatile, similar to oatmeal except thicker and served cold. They are made by soaking raw rolled oats in liquid, usually regular cow milk or soy milk but almond milk or yogurt would work too — overnight in the fridge. A basic recipe for overnight oats is one part raw rolled oats and one part milk or yogurt or a combination of the two. Add ins are endless, berries, bananas, coconut, honey, use what is on hand and tailor it to personal preference. The best thing about overnight oats is that they are prepared the night before, further freeing up time in the morning.
Starting the morning off right sets the stage both mentally and physically for a successful day.