Start the day with a success.
If I get a run in in the morning, then my worries about the rest of the day go down such a great deal.
It is like my brain says, “We just did this big accomplishment! Whatever else we get done are cherries on top.” And you know what? So much MORE gets done!
Physical and psychological reasons here, if you want to break it down. Physically, moving is getting the muscles warmed up, blood pumping through my body, giving my brain extra help in ‘waking up’ so to speak. Endorphins are increasing, aka the happy hormone, making me feel good all around. Being outdoors is therapeutic, both physically, vitamin D, and psychologically, nature is known to reduce stress.
Imagine a different scenario….Wake up, still in pajamas, groggily open the emails and see one hundred problems that need solving and where do I start?? Start the day with a success, and it will set you on the right path for the rest of the day. Bonus if that success involves getting your brain and body WOKEN UP.
Additionally, by beginning your day with a task that involves more effort than just sitting on your couch or diving right into work, you are sending a multitude of positive signals to your brain. You are saying, YES WE CAN. We accomplished this, now we’re ready for what’s next. And a physically involved task is getting that body warm and woken up, as well as the brain.
If you ‘google’ this topic, there are thousands of results touting the benefits.
What are some similar accomplishments for you?
Taking a walk? A yoga class? Writing outside (no screen, pen & paper!)? Ten minutes of dancing around to your favorite songs?
Something beneficial for your brain and body, that ‘gets things going’ for the day.
Here’s to tomorrow!