Revel in the peace and quiet
Lisa Santangelo, Pharm.D., is a pharmacist who also runs a lifestyle blog called Food, Family, and Chaos!—and the name of the blog says it all. The busy mother of 9-year-old twins gets up 45 minutes before the kids so she can ease into her day with a leisurely shower, a big mug of tea, and some undisturbed me-time.
“My day just flows better if I don’t have to rush when I first wake up,” she says. “I sit in my recliner, cuddle up in a blanket with my dog Jake, and check my personal email and Facebook—my guilty pleasure,” she says (in a tone that sounds not at all guilty).
Quick tip: Save work email, news websites, and anything else that’s likely to be more stressful than soothing for later in the day.
Rise and shine!
Scheduling wellness activities early in the day helps ensure that you get around to them. If you decide to give it a try, don’t forget to adjust your bedtime. When you’re getting up an hour earlier, you need to hit the sack an hour earlier, too, to avoid shortchanging your sleep.
It’s unclear whether early to bed and early to rise makes you wealthy and wise. But it might make you healthier, if you find an early-morning wellness routine that works for you.