HEALTHY LIVING 26 WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 2020 GATTONSTAR.COM.AU No more hitting snooze button JAYMIE HOOPER Not only is movement great for getting your endorphins flowing, it’s a great way to spark your metabolism and lower blood pressure. DOES your morning routine leave you feeling stressed, overwhelmed and anxious? Follow these seven science-backed tips to hack your way to a happier day. 6. Delay your caffeine fix Remember how your cortisol levels are higher in the morning? If you reach for your cup of coffee as soon as you wake up, you will desensitise yourself to its effects and you’ll wind up more jittery and agitated. Instead, time your coffee for when your cortisol levels begin to drop – say around 9.30am if you wake up after 6 – and you’ll feel alert but not antsy. 1. Prep the night before If you’re sick of splitting your mornings between deciding what to wear, what to eat and looking under your couch for your keys, put in some work the night before. Productivity experts recommend laying out your clothes before you go to bed and prepping overnight breakfasts (such as overnight oats or chia pudding) is an easy way to carve out more time for your mornings. As well as prepping all the material things you’ll need for the day ahead, spend 10–15 minutes writing out tomorrow’s to-do list or jotting down anything that’s bothering you. This is called a “mental dump” and can help stop you from overthinking, which in turn helps you score a better night’s snooze. NEW DAWN: Manage your day to cut your stress and you can wake refreshed and ready to go. 7. Schedule some ‘selfish time’ If you’re still working from home, you can take advantage of your lack of commute by creating a full-blown wellness routine. Even if you are back on the clock, though, waking up 15 minutes earlier, or finding a spare 15 minutes in the morning by prepping the night before, can lay the foundation for a perfect, calmer day. Try your hand at meditation, take a warm shower with essential oils such as lavender or mandarin or read a chapter of your current book. and people who sleep on their right side have more positive dreams about happiness, joy, excitement, hope and peace. They also have better sleep quality, so if you’re looking to start your day off on the right foot, try sleeping on your right side tonight. from Harvard University and the University of Michigan, people who see flowers during their morning routine report feeling less anxious. “What I find interesting is that by starting the day in a more positive mood, you are likely to transfer those happier feelings to others – it’s what is called mood contagion,” says lead researcher Nancy Etcoff. “And, the kitchen is the place where families tend to gather in the morning – imagine how big a difference a better morning mood can make.” your ability to handle anxiety-provoking situations throughout the day. 4. Soak up the sun 5. Get a move on Whether it’s on your morning walk or as you eat breakfast by a window, be sure to score some sunlight shortly after you wake up. Exposure to morning light can help stop production of the sleep hormone melatonin, which helps you feel more alert, and studies show those morning rays can also increase It could be that morning walk, a quickie yoga sesh or simply stretching in bed, but whatever you do – be sure to move. Your cortisol levels (aka, stress levels) are higher just after you wake up, which means if you don’t take some time to burn off the excess energy, you could spend the rest of the day feeling out of sorts. 3. Wake up with flowers 2. Sleep on your right side Feel all kinds of ‘blah’ in the morning? Place some fresh blooms on your bedside table or kitchen counter. According to research A study by Turkish researchers found that people who sleep on their left side experience more nightmares, bodyandsoul.com.au Your Local Trophy Supplier There’s no need to leave town! Competitive & accommodating, Lockyer Trophies will go above and beyond to make your awards special.visit our Gatton showroom today to see our extensive range! • Weddings • Baby Naming • Renewal of Vows • Funerals • Commitments • Presentations • Pet Funerals All Enquiries Welcome Ph: 0407 101 957 | firstname.lastname@example.org Bantam Specialist Breeder with over 25 years experience New in 2020! • • zle Bantam C Belgian D’uccle Bantam Chickens Frizzle & Belgian Bantam Fertile Eggs ns s s Bu si n e Tr o p hies Rib bo ns Cups Plaque s M eda ls Shiel ds • Brae Farm Call David today 0407 641 785 • 5462 5373 0488 22 44 57 Enquiries phone Carol on Lockyer Valley www.lockyertrophies.com.au BANTAMS TGSE01Z01MA - V2
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