4 Excellent Habits to Beat the Pandemic Blues, Bring Serenity into our Life, and Supercharge Your Day

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Regular, high-quality sleep is an essential part of overall well-being and energy management. According to the National Sleep Foundation, millions of people suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders. Sadly, the coronavirus pandemic creates anxiety and sleep challenges and many more people (Source: TheMorningMind)

Breaking into high-quality sleep during extremely hectic and uncertain times isn't easy, and requires a disciplined plan to bring serenity into our life.

Regular, high-quality sleep is an essential part of overall well-being and energy management. According to the National Sleep Foundation, millions of people suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders. Sadly, the coronavirus pandemic creates anxiety and sleep challenges and many more people (Source: TheMorningMind)

"Breaking into high-quality sleep during extremely hectic and uncertain times isn't easy, and require a disciplined plan to bring serenity into our life," says Dr. Rob Carter III, co-author with his wife, Dr. Kirti Salwe Carter, of The Morning Mind: Use Your Brain to Master Your Day and Supercharge Your Life (http://www.themorningmind.com).

Carter has four ways to help maximize the chance of beating the Pandemic Blues:

  • "Be positive and optimistic about your life and the future," says Carter "Use encouraging affirmations and simply telling yourself 'I will feel invigorated in everything I do.' Take control of your life and create the days your subconscious craves," says Carter.
  • "Listening to blissful music alter your mood and alertness for the better," Carter says, "Cheerful sounds influence feelings, attitudes, and behaviors. Create a playlist of your favorite upbeat tunes to supercharge your mornings and use them to master your day," says Carter.
  • "Understand your individual sleep needs," says Carter, "be sure to get enough restful sleep". Inadequate sleep weakens our body's defenses, diminishes mental health, and reduces your mood for sex," says Carter, "Taking control over your sleep routine improves overall well-being and outlook on life during this crisis.
  • "Energize, engage and excite (E3) every cell in your body with ten minutes of meditation and 15-20 minutes light exercise," says Carter, "physical activity and meditation produces positive changes in the brain, helps you feel calmer, and helps to center your mind away from coronavirus pandemic," says Carter.

How to beat the Pandemic Blues and actually enjoy each day of the week?
"Accept that alterations in life are inevitable, set realistic daily goals, and commit to a realistic daily plan," Carter says, "be assertive instead of aggressive and integrate simple relaxation techniques, exercise into your daily life, and accept situations as they are."

About Dr. Rob Carter III and Dr. Kirti Salwe Carter
Dr. Rob Carter III and Dr. Kirti Salwe Carter are co-authors of The Morning Mind: Use Your Brain to Master Your Day and Supercharge Your Life (http://www.themorningmind.com). The Carters reside in Austin, Texas.
Rob Carter is a Colonel in the U.S. Army, an expert in human performance and physiology. He has an academic appointment in emergency medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and medical physiology and completed postgraduate studies at Harvard School of Public Health.
Kirti Carter was born in Pune, India, and received her medical education in India, where she practiced as an intensive-care physician before moving to Texas to complete postgraduate training in public health. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress (FAIS), has more than 18 years of experience in stress management, meditation and breathing techniques, and has been facilitating wellness seminars for the past decade.

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