The Maryland Guide - May 30, 2024

T h e G u ide • 5 - 2 9 - 2 4 How you begin each day a ects more than whether you make it to work on time. In fact, those early morning hours are often the foundation for your entire day. Set yourself up for success with these tips to help you maximize your mornings. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, starting the day the right way can help you power through your to-do list. Wake Up On Time Set your alarm for a reasonable hour that gives you ample time to get ready for the day ahead. If you have a commute or children or pets who need aention, be sure to factor in time for unexpected events like trac jams or accidents. Avoid seing your alarm early and hiing snooze repeatedly; the quality of sleep you’ll add is poor and you’ll likely end up feeling more tired than if you’d just risen with the alarm. Get Your Body Moving Even a light workout is a great way to rev up for a new day. Prioritizing your health to start the morning can put you in a healthier mindset. Completing a workout before the day is even fully underway gives you something to be proud of, which helps boost your mental well-being. What’s more, an early workout gets your blood pumping, which supports stronger cognition and produces more energy. Treat Yourself It’s never too early to give yourself a lile TLC, and a delicious co ee-based drink is a great way to perk up your morning with a tasty treat. The best indulgent co ee beverages start with quality co ee. Consider options from Eight O’Clock Co ee, which has selected and roasted high-quality, 100% Arabica co ee for more than 100 years. The rich, smooth flavor means you can drink it black, but it’s also the perfect base for a decadent lae with maple and vanilla or a classic iced caramel macchiato. Establish a Self-Care Routine While you’re still working toward being fully awake, a routine that lets you dive into daily preparations on autopilot can be helpful. Making time to take care of yourself can give you greater confidence to tackle the day, so find a paern that fits and run with it. Aside 5 teps o tart ach ay trong from basic hygiene, take time to moisturize your skin and apply sunscreen. Also build in time to focus on your mental health, whether you make some notes in a gratitude journal or meditate to manage stress. Eat a Healthy Breakfast Countless studies support the benefits of eating a nutritious breakfast. It’s good for your metabolism and digestive health. It also gives your body the fuel it needs to help you push through the day. You’re likely to think faster and be a more e ective problem-solver when your body has proper nourishment. Eating early in the day also a ects your mood; you’re less likely to be irritable if you’re not hungry. Find more inspiration to perk up your mornings at Maple Vanilla La e 1 1/2 cups milk, divided 1/2 cup strong-brewed Eight O’Clock French Vanilla Co ee 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract ground cinnamon, to taste In microwave, heat 1 cup milk. Pour co ee into mug and, using milk frother, top with warm milk. Stir in maple syrup, vanilla extract and cinnamon, to taste. Using milk frother, foam remaining milk then add to mug. Salted Caramel Macchiato Iced Co ee 1/2 cup Eight O’Clock Caramel Macchiato Co ee, chilled 1 cup milk 1/2 cup ice squeezable caramel sauce 1 pinch sea salt Stir together chilled co ee and milk. Pour over ice into glass. Drizzle caramel sauce on top and sprinkle with sea salt.