There’s a time for everything – For Real, it’s science.

Everrryyyooonneee has heard the saying “There’s a time and place for everything.” Usually it’s a saying pulled out when someone is being inappropriate, or obnoxious or impatient – but apparently there really IS a time for everything!

I’ve shared some of my favorites from a post I found on BlueSuitMom.com.

Pain Tolerance Peaks: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Research at the National Institute of Mental Health found that people are significantly less sensitive to induced pain in the morning than in the afternoon. No one is sure why this is, but a circadian effect on the release of endorphins may play a role, researchers speculate.

Ideal Time For: Dental appointments or minor medical procedures, like having a mole removed.

Um – I feel like the LAST thing I want to do when I first wake up is deal with Pain? But maybe that’s why it doesn’t hurt so much when I’m stumbling my way to the Bathroom in the morning and bang my limbs into every piece of furniture on the way. Hmm, I wonder if “David visits the Dentist” in the morning?

Mind Is Sharpest: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Mental acuity “tends to rise in the morning, then it dips again at midday before rising again between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.,” says Smolensky, who is also an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Brain functions that are affected include reasoning skills, short-term memory, complex decision-making skills and alertness. That explains why firefighters tend to have their fastest response rates during the mid-to-late morning and between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., according to a recent study from France.

Ideal Time For: Demanding mental tasks, analyzing information, brainstorming and preparing for an afternoon meeting or test.

Time to Take It Easy: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
It’s often called the post-lunch dip. At midday, alertness declines and people tend to get sleepy, whether or not they eat lunch. In addition, daydreaming is most frequent around 2 p.m., according to research at the National Institute on Aging. So this isn’t a good time to operate heavy machinery or handle tasks that require close concentration.

Ideal Time For: Mentally easy tasks: interacting with colleagues; making phone calls; taking care of routine administrative chores, like filing; visualizing creative solutions to challenges in your life.

Sooooo this is basically giving me the green light to take a nap after lunch and proves why siestas make logical sense. Point taken. Heading to the beach now.

 

Brain Gets Another Boost: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Mid-afternoon provides the second mental boost of the day, thanks to natural rhythms in brain function. (For more on this, see “Mind is Sharpest” above.)

Explains that moment when you’re scrambling to get everything done before 5pm.

Exercise Performance Peaks: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Late afternoon and early evening are when you’re likely to give your best performance in physical activities that involve strength, speed and power, possibly because your body temperature peaks during these hours, notes Dr. Thomas W. Rowland, a pediatric cardiologist at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., and author of The Athlete’s Clock: How Biology and Time Affect Sports Performance. You also may have more endurance and a greater tolerance for workouts since ratings of perceived exertion are at their lowest in the late afternoon and early evening, reports Rowland.

Ideal Time For: Your daily workout; running; biking; swimming; and competitive sports, like tennis or soccer.

This is my favorite part – and the part that made me want to re-post this. When I was in college I played in intramural Football leagues – Two of them to be exact. One All Girls, One Co-Ed. I LOVED getting through my day looking forward to heading over to the field to run around, get sweaty and use up all my leftover energy. I never knew there was an actual reason to why I wanted to do this. Now, when I get home my day is consumed with figuring out whats for dinner (because let’s be realistic, that’s just as stressful as actually cooking), cleaning up behind the Checha monster and trying to return phone calls, emails and get some editing done before its time to give munchkin a bath. The night time routine requires a crap ton of energy so thank goodness science supports all that craziness.

 

21 Time & Stress Savers for Mommy

Found this and although I feel like a lot of us already do the stuff that applies to us, sometimes it can be nice to hear it again! 🙂

  • Pack your child’s lunches the night before and lay out the clothes they want to wear. Prepare yours as well if you work outside the home. Less stress and less to do in the morning!
  • Every time you get out of your car at the end of the day, throw out a few things or trash you don’t need. Reduces clutter. Clutter makes us nuts.
  • Kids have a school function? It’s ok not to bake for it every time. Offer to bring paper products or drinks for the class.
  • Create a chart for the kids. Use a dry erase board. Write down their weekly schedules for school or sporting events and chores.
  • Never let junk mail hit your desk or kitchen counter! Toss it before it all piles up and creates more clutter! (there’s that word again)
  • Take the time to talk to your kids. Tell them you love them and why they are special to you. Often.
  • Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on hand. Healthy snacks that are convenient are easy to grab on the run.
  • Notes. Don’t be afraid to write yourseld notes or “to do” lists as reminders of what needs to be done that day, or that week.
  • Try to get up 30 minutes before the kids. Get in a little quiet time to wake up and sip your coffee.
  • Need an invigorating pick-me-up? Make a quick and easy home body scrub: mix granulated sugar with shower scrub. Then follow up with peppermint or citrus lotion.
  • Keep a jar of loose change on the counter and drop spare coins in a few times a week. Let the kids use it for lunch money as needed.
  • On a Sunday afternoon, prepare snacks for school lunches ahead of time: portion bags of grapes, cheese cubes, crackers, raisons or other finger foods. Then each night as you prepare lunches, the bags are ready.
  • Sleep on a satin pillow case. Why? It’s easier on hair, less tangles and breakage and the satin is easier on skin, less wrinkles.
  • Make a point of showing your kids how to be charitable, especially around the holidays. Give back: adopt a family in need, donate toys or canned food or give to a local charity. Include your kids in the process.
  • Get your annual flu shot. Because do you really have time to be sick?
  • Keep your business cards available at all times. Car, purse, diaper bag. Because one never knows when opportunity will strike.
  • The sound of water has been known to relax people. Keep a small, tabletop  fountain in your home or office.
  • Lifesavers can really be lifesavers. Keep a roll in your purse. If you get a cell call in the car, hand them out to the kids. Studies show one lifesaver is equal to one cell phone call. (lifesavers work great in church as well, to quiet little ones!)
  • Do you brainstorm while driving? Us too! Carry a small, hand held tape recorder to record notes to yourself. It’s neater than scribbling notes while driving, and safer!
  • For quick makeup touch ups, carry 4 basics: mascara, powder, lipstick and Q tips for quick smudge repair.
  • Take one day a month, when the kids are at school and everything is under control at the office- and see a movie or get a mani/pedi. You’ll feel more relaxed after some alone time and your family will enjoy a happier you.Thanks Lux Magazine!