Do You Want to Set Your Day Right? Do These
Do you often wake up in the morning with no motivation to get up? So you stay in bed a little longer until boredom grudgingly forces you to. That’s what happens when you have not set anything exciting and worthwhile to occupy your day.
I used to feel the same way right after my wife died. I was so down and did not want to get up until almost lunch time. Finally, I realized that I was slowly wasting my life away. Oh, I did not mind dying then. But not the way I was leading myself into.
So I did something drastic – I forced myself to set my day by making a to-do list. That was more than eight years ago and I am still doing it now.
If you are in the same rut I was, these tips can help you…
1. Wake up early:
By early, I mean before sunrise early.
The best time of the day for most successful people is prior to sunrise.
There is something exhilarating in waking up and filling your lungs with cool, pollution-free air, and hear your thoughts in the stillness of dawn.
Early in the morning, studies show, your stress levels are low, and your optimism high – positive feelings which are more likely to stay with you the rest of the day.
Simply by waking up early, you are already setting your day.
2. Do something spiritual:
“Spiritual,” does not necessarily mean “religious.” Though they are used interchangeably, they are not exactly the same.
But doing something spiritual or religious helps set your day right.
You could simply say a short prayer, invocation or meditation in gratitude for having another day. Or read a verse from the Bible, Koran, the Sanskrit or teachings of Buddha.
Other than setting your day right, spirituality or religion, or meditation has proven psychological benefits, too. Some of these are:
– A positive and hopeful attitude about life and illnesses which improves health outcomes and lower mortality rates;
– A sense or meaning and purpose in life, which improves your health, and social and family relationships;
– A greater ability to cope with illness, disability, and disappointments.
Do you know that sweat tastes sweet early in the morning?
I am kidding, of course, but nothing can make you feel better, refreshed, rejuvenated and upbeat about life than a good exercise early in the morning when the sun has just cleared the horizon, and the air is cool and clean.
Exercising in the morning makes you feel “high” from all those endorphins rushing through your entire body, gives you an emotional lift.
Other than these “feel good” benefits, exercising also helps control your weight, promotes a healthy attitude and improves your focus and acuity – two things you need to make your day right.
4. Have a healthy breakfast:
I eat a very light breakfast but I wouldn’t miss it for anything. It sets my day right.
There is so much debate on the importance of breakfast. One camp says it is not so important, while the other insists it is the most important meal of the day.
While the jury is out, don’t miss yours.
A healthy breakfast gives you the necessary energy to carry you through the day. It helps you focus on the things you are doing, and the stamina. A grumbling, hungry stomach is a great de-motivator.
But be careful not to take anything your stomach may find difficult to digest.
Here are some good breakfast foods for you…
Eggs are excellent breakfast items because they are cheap and easy to prepare. No need to have culinary skills to make a hard-boiled egg, or sunny-side up, is there?
Eggs are also high in protein – a macronutrient that helps your body repair damaged tissues, build bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
Note: According to experts, if you have high cholesterol or heart disease and consume more than 4 eggs a week, you must only use the egg white.
Oatmeal is another excellent item for breakfast. It is also cheap, easy to prepare and contains dietary fibers which are necessary to prevent constipation – a very common problem among seniors.
The Institute of Medicine recommends that people older than 50 should consume at least 21 grams of oatmeal a day.
o Soft fresh fruits:
Soft fresh fruits like blueberries, banana, plums, peaches, kiwi fruits, among others, are easy to chew and swallow, delicious and are excellent sources of dietary fibers and vitamins.
Add them to your oatmeal to add a little flavor.
A few minutes with your blender and, presto, you have a smoothie.
You can make smoothies from avocado, banana, watermelon, oranges, cantaloupe, kiwi fruit, pineapple and just about anything compatible with your stomach.
Use low-fat milk, yogurt, or soy yogurt to avoid consuming harmful fats.
My favorite snack items are avocado and cantaloupe smoothies.
Other than the above, the Net is full of healthy breakfast ideas for more variation.
5. Read or watch the morning news:
Reading a good book, your favorite newspaper or watching the early morning news is an excellent way to set your day because your mind is still crystal clear, free from the clutter of everyday life, and absorption is still high.
Some of the most successful people in the U.S. read their favorite newspapers short after waking up – which is a lot earlier before ordinary mortals do.
Read to get information, gain insights, be informed of the latest events around you, or ur, or have a better idea of doing something which has bugged you for a long time.
6. Do a little housekeeping:
Have you tried moving around in a cluttered home, i.e., dishes not washed, bed not made, living room chairs out of place, the dining table is full of scrap?
It is not a pleasant environment, is it?
Prior to getting into the things you have scheduled for the day, make sure your place is neat, clutter-free, and suitable to work or move around.
7. You’re all set for your to-do list:
Your to-do list is the very core of setting your day right. Without it, you will drift like a rudderless boat. With it, you will skim through your day like a gigantic ocean liner.
It eliminates the chance of forgetting something, It allows you to move from one task to the next; it eliminates unexpected outcomes and minimizes costly mistakes in money and time.
A list helps you account for every minute of the day and, at the end of the day, makes you savor the wonderful feeling of having made productive use of your time
The life of a senior is a mishmash of a lot of things that need sorting out so they can be properly attended to. While it is true that you have more time than before to attend to them, but age is not on your side. In fact, it often limits your capability to do them all at any given time.
It is very necessary, therefore, to set your day so you can attend to those that need your attention more than the others.
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