Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Things Happy People Do Every Morning
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. The morning hours are important for any caregiver. Why? Because what you choose to do during this time sets the tone for the rest of the day. If you start off feeling refreshed and joyful, you’re more likely to carry those positive vibes with you throughout the day. On the other hand, if you wake up “on the wrong side of the bed”, it can be tough to shake the feeling of being cranky and sluggish.
Try incorporating these tips into your morning routine.
1. Hold Off on Check Your Devices
Many caregivers admit that the first thing they do when they wake up is grab their smart phone to check text messages and/or their Facebook timeline. Not smart! This puts us in “go mode” way too early and before our body is ready. Instead, try turning your device to silent or vibrate mode and put it down without looking at it further, and see how it affects your morning.
2. Pray or Meditate
Five minutes of quiet time spent praying, doing some deep breathing, writing in a gratitude journal, or anything else that requires you to be calm and present will then help you remain calm and present as the day progresses.
3. Eat a Satisfying Breakfast
Properly fueling your body after you wake up is key to feeling energized throughout the day. Aim for a nourishing combination of proteins and complex carbs. Good examples are Greek yogurt with fruit and wholegrain cereal, oatmeal with peanut butter and banana, or a veggie omelet with wholegrain toast on the side.
4. Get Moving
And by move, I don’t mean exercise. While exercise has many benefits, it’s not required to have a great morning. You just need to move a little. A short stroll down the road or a few minutes of stretching will work. The goal is to get your blood flowing.
5. Plan for the Day
Happy and productive caregivers intentionally take a few minutes in the morning to map out their day—that way they don’t end up fluttering around aimlessly from task to task, or procrastinating on the stuff that really needs to get done.
6. Say “I love you”
Happy caregivers communicate their love and appreciation for those closest to them—partners, children, friends and loved ones—at the beginning of every day. Doing so strengthens the meaningful relationships in our lives, which in turn makes us happier, healthier, and able to thrive.
To speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for watching today’s Monday Mojo for Caregivers and we’ll see you again next week!