If going for a walk isn’t part of your morning routine, it should be according to our Colour of the Year Ambassador.
“With natural light we get the vitamin D we need” Dr Alex explains. “We also get that trigger from the outside world that it’s time to get up and start your day”.
We all know that getting regular exercise is important for our physical health, but it’s also good for our mental health.
“When we move our bodies, blood flow increases to the brain” says Dr Alex. And it’s this that provides your brain with energy, as well as helping you to wake up and aiding your concentration throughout the day.
He adds that “movement also causes the release of endorphins, which puts you in a happy mood”. Sounds good, right?
If you’re working from home, it’s important to have a set routine. As well as regular breaks and realistic working hours, Dr Alex suggests bookending your day.
“Having tech free time is vital” he says. “Half an hour in the morning – an hour if you can – try to avoid waking up and scrolling through your phone”.
He discusses further that “in the morning, you’re a blank canvas. You can be easily affected by the world. Why start your day in that way?”.
And when it comes to the end of your day, Dr Alex emphasises “what you look at impacts your sleep and triggers deep parts of your brain, so you should really have a digital free hour.”