As the holiday season is approaching, how are you going to finish out your year? Holiday shopping, family visits, and all of the holiday foods can really have a toll on one’s body and productivity. Harvard University and EverydayPower have published some great articles to help you create a morning routine to stay in control this season. Follow these simple steps for children and adults and watch as your habits improve leading into the New Year.
Step 1) Create a morning routine:
Mornings can be hectic. There are a million things to do, many different people to see, and many ways for it to go wrong. Having a morning routine can help you reflect on your previous day, plan for your current day, and relieve some (not all) of the stress of a busy day. After you wake up, take a few minutes to journal or outline your day. Write about what you completed the day before, what tasks that may have carried over, and what you hope to accomplish. Doing this each morning will help make sure that you use your time efficiently and help make sure all tasks get completed.
Step 2) Rise and Shine:
There are 24 hours in a day. Make sure that you are taking full advantage of your mornings. A recent study, done by the BBC, shows that we respond better to stress early in the morning in comparison to later in the afternoon. The earlier you are able to start your day, the more time you have to accomplish your everyday activities. This will allow you to be less stressed and provide more time to deal with the unknown problems that may appear. With a brain less stressed, you have more attention to stay focused on your current tasks.
Step 3) Give Yourself A Break:
You woke up this morning, and you are going to be faced with a busy day. Use this morning time to do something for yourself. It can be reading an article from your favorite magazine, watching an episode of your favorite tv show (if you wake up early enough), or even listening to your favorite podcast. Taking the time to do something that you enjoy will put you in a better mood as you gear up to take on the day.
Step 4) Fuel Up Before You Go-Go:
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It fuels your body and gives you the energy to excel. Breakfast does not have to be a feast, but it should be nutritious. Proper nutrition is important for brain function and will help facilitate proper growth. Instead of going for cereals with a lot of sugar, look for healthier options such as the following (Adjust accordingly for personal dietary restrictions):
Step 5) Exercise/Stretch It Out:
Your body has been still in bed throughout the night. Start your morning with some stretches or yoga to jumpstart your day. Being active in the morning will get your blood flowing, and provide more oxygen for your brain as you begin to start your tasks. By doing this every morning, you will begin to become more active and see your flexibility improve!
Having a strong morning routine will help you gain control of your ADHD and help your overall confidence. You can’t plan for surprises, but you can be mentally prepared to handle any challenge that comes your way. Play Attention can provide a customized program for you or your child to increase attention and focus which will, in turn, improve executive function. Executive function will not only make your morning routine easier but will also help you improve your planning and prioritization skills. Play Attention provides training in social skills to help build individual peer relationships as well. Contact one of our specialists today to get a customized training plan specifically for you or your child.
Stay tuned for more healthy tips this month and our Play Attention Holiday Survival Guide!