• Ana Gascon Ivey

Pink's Tips for a Better Morning

First off, I'm not talking about that PINK. I'm referring to Daniel Pink, the author of "When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing." I haven't finished the book — I'm waiting for him to tell me the best time to read his research. It's drawn from biology, psychology, neuroscience, and economics. Let's just say this is not light reading.

But as I flipped through the book looking for practical nuggets, I found these easy-to-do gems. For someone like me who stays up late, wakes up later, and doesn't drink coffee (makes me sick 🤢), these are valuable tips:

  1. Drink water, first thing. Your body thirsts for water as soon as you awaken. That's because it's gone 8 hours without a drink. Rehydrate, curb hunger and wake up with a tall glass of H2O.

  2. Put coffee on pause. Do not panic, java lovers. Pink merely suggests waiting 60 to 90 minutes after you get up. Our bodies start producing cortisol as soon as we awaken. It helps us feel alert. But caffeine interferes with cortisol production. Wait to give cortisol time to peak, and then grab your cup 'o joe.

  3. Catch some rays. Do you drag in the morning? Soak up the sun. Sunlight tells your brain to stop sleeping and start waking up. Think of it as nature's alarm clock.

  4. Say "good morning" to your therapist. Therapy sessions yield better results in the morning, according to research. Your cortisol levels spike mid-morning, making you more focused and better able to take in counsel. Who knew?

Pink says following these tips will give you a more productive start to your day. What does your morning routine look like? I'm going to start mine with water, sunshine, and my Pandora station set to PINK — that PINK.