Morning Energy: Do we perform better in the morning?
Hi Friends and devoted patients and Staff,
Dr. Diana Joy here. I want to let you know that one of my top professional goals this year is to do more personal sharing. I really don’t know if anyone will be reading this or subsequent posts, however it has been a nagging realization that it is time for me to write and share things that have come up for me, that I find interesting, important and practical. Let me know if you also find the next few posts interesting, relevant to your lives or useful in any way. That may inspire me to continue, as many of you know that personal social media is not my forte.
I was listening to National Public Radio today and heard an interesting study having to do with timing of performance of the different tasks and activities of one’s day. Research states that important tasks are better executed in the morning hours, and are performed less effectively and efficiently in the afternoon. There was discussion that even doctors perform better in the morning, and that surgeries should be scheduled in the morning, as well as doctor visits. The report stated that in the afternoon, doctors are prescribing significantly more random antibiotics, than they prescribe in the morning hours, and making more surgical and prescriptive errors.
What I found interesting was that when the interviewer questioned the researcher as to why that was the case, the reasons were not conclusive.
To me, the reasons why we perform better in the morning are self evident. We’ve just woken from restful sleep (so we hope!); we most likely just consumed some kind of a beverage, caffeine comes to mind first, however for many… like me and many of my patients not needing to rely heavily on caffeine, at first waking breath anymore – :))…even clean, alkaline water, or a refreshing fruit and veggie smoothie will stimulate the body to become alert, draw on the enzymes from mouth, through the entire digestive system to gently begin the day by digesting, assimilating, absorbing, and utilizing nutrients, and hopefully eliminating as well; allowing the body the opportunity for a fresh beginning.
So, does that mean that we should all go home after lunch? Actually, it is not a bad idea (am I right?). Certainly though, it is not practical. However, isn’t it obvious that several hours after we have been working in jobs that require our focus, we may become tired? The brain after all consumes almost 95% of our nutrients – yes, maybe that is why weight loss is slow. And when we stress about, or perceive events as stressful and respond in a “stressy” manner, the increase in adrenaline also slows down our metabolism and can cause the body to hold onto weight – certainly an effective scenario if it were a life and death situation, like in the midst of a war. Barring that kind of an event, why we choose to go into panic, anxiety mode or overwhelm is really a quagmire to me. (Not that I have never done it – however, never has it helped?) NEVER.
Additionally, going through extra stress hormones, emitted by the adrenal glands, creates fatigue after the adrenaline leaves the body through hyperactivity. Repeated regularly, will lead the body toward adrenal fatigue or burn-out, exhaustion and overwhelm.
So another goal of mine this year, is to manage my reaction to events that could be perceived as “nerve wracking”. Events are not stressful, the way we perceive them can be though. Suffering is always optional! I will practice breathing through events rather than reacting in a way that uses up the energy that I need for more focus and fun. When I feel energized, my work is super fun for me; and I hope that conserving your energy will make your moments more fun as well.
This simple, yet very challenging action will likely conserve my energy, so that I can better justify seeing my beautiful patients in the afternoons, as well as in the mornings. Fortunately for my patients, a private, peaceful, music filled room awaits you, where you can relax, have acupuncture, massage or just rest during each and every visit. That is why I have so many rooms in my center, so that EVERYONE gets to take a nap when they need one. Even me!!!!! And the kind of acupuncture treatments that I give, have the potential to bring one into a deep state of blissful relaxation and/or sleep, when one allows one’s body the privilege of letting go and allowing healing to take place. I sure know how to knock myself out for 20 minutes in the mid afternoon! For those who don’t have the opportunity to take daily naps, sitting back in your chair, in the rest area, or in your car and consciously breathing, meditating and letting go of physical, mental and emotional stress for even five minutes can be mood altering.
I sure hope we get to visit with you at the Center for Natural Healing soon!!! We will be so happy to get to know you!
Love and Aloha,