Wednesday—Good 4You, Good 4The Home: Mornings

Practical ways to smooth out your morning routine



Making Mornings Easier

Kauai sunrise_photo by dsmp

1.  Turn up the heat.

It's easier to get up when the house is warm & toasty.  Use your programmable thermostat to crank it up for 1 to 2 hours in the morning.

Nest Learning Thermostat  (3d Gen) $249


2.  Automate
  • Set the coffee pot.
  • Set auto lights to come on (low-watt LED lamps &/or strands of miniature white lights in the bedroom & living area). 
  • Set music or nature sounds to come on.
Philips Wake-up light with Nature Sounds  Amazon Prime $117

3.  Prepare
  • Make lunches the night before.
  • Organize work materials the night before.
  • In sight-in mind.  Don't hunt for anything in the morning.  Create a staging area for everything you need to take to work in the morning.  Have it all in one place.

4.  Reward Yourself
  • Stock new breakfast foods.
  • Make your bathroom a welcoming place (replace your shower head; fancy soap).
  • Extra time to surf the web.
  • Extra time to read. 
  • Take a morning walk.
  • Start a fun morning work-out.
Waterpik hand-held shower head from Amazon Prime $22.27 


5.  Wind Down at Night
  • Light exercise during the day.
  • No alcohol at night.
  • Have a lovely cup of herbal tea.
  • Refuse to attend night meetings.
  • No computer /tablets after dinner.
  • Less TV, more reading time.
  • Remove phones from the bedroom.
  • Sleep in clean sheets.
  • Take a bath before bedtime.
Twinings Herbal teas  I like Camomile, Honey & Vanilla and Lemon & Ginger (both available at Safeway).


6.  Reduce Daytime Stress
  • Get to the root of what's causing stress during the day (job, relationship, money, etc.) & do something about it.  Don't just talk about it.
  • Walk or exercise every day.

• enjoy • the • morning •

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