Setting a Morning Routine

Many successful people say that having a morning routine has been key to their achievements. Having such a routine offers many benefits, such as increased productivity, reduced stress, more control of your day, and the opportunity to start your day well. This time, anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes first thing in the morning, looks different for everyone.

This article from LifeHack offers a “menu,” as the author puts it, of options that you might like incorporating into your morning routine. From a holistic view, there are four Integrative Wellness principles: Mental, Emotional, Physical and Spiritual. Some ideas are exercising or doing yoga, keeping a gratitude journal, being in nature, or finding ways to connect with your loved ones. By choosing a couple of these items in the morning, you can easily create a routine. Or, test out a couple combinations until you find what is right for you!

From Science of People, some famous examples to inspire us:

  • Jane Austen would wake up and immediately play the piano, make breakfast with her family, then write.
  • Former President Obama always does his cardio and weight routine, followed by breakfast with his daughters.
  • Arianna Huffington begins each day with yoga and meditation.
  • Steve Jobs would contemplate this philosophical question, “If today were my last day on earth what would I do differently?”

Now is a great time to set this healthy habit!



Helping those in need by donating blood

Right now, both the San Diego Blood Bank and American Red Cross are offering antibody testing for those who donate blood. While this test does not show if someone actively has the virus, it tells donors if they have had the virus previously. The presence of the COVID-19 antibodies in the blood can indicate who might be able to donate plasma to help treat critically ill coronavirus patients. Even for those who have not had COVID-19, donating one unit of blood may save the lives of up to three people!

Read more at the links above!


Developing A Growth Mindset

Psychologist Carol Dweck created the idea of two opposing mindsets, the fixed mindset and a growth mindset. An individual’s mindset is formed early in life but is completely possible to be changed and developed.

A fixed mindset assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static and that we cannot change them in any meaningful way. It further assumes that success is the affirmation of that existing intelligence and an assessment of how those abilities measure up against an equally fixed standard. Those with a fixed mindset strive for success and avoid failure at all costs as a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled.

On the other hand, a growth mindset thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for enhancing our existing abilities. A growth mindset is applicable to many settings – personal relationships, work, school, sports, and so on. The benefits of this mindset are that the internal monologue is not one of judgment but one of an appetite for learning, constantly seeking out the kind of input that can blossom into learning and constructive action. As one works to develop their growth mindset, they tend to reach higher levels of happiness and greater achievement.

To learn more and find 15 ways to build a growth mindset, read this article from Psychology Today.  




Medication Assisted Treatment Resource Card

The Healthcare Taskforce, a subcommittee of the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force (PDATF), recently developed a resource card with information on Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). The resource card covers a variety of topics including an overview of addiction, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), and how stigma adversely impacts individuals seeking treatment for substance use disorders.

The resource card is available for download here.

For more information and support, call 2-1-1.




Highlights of The Week

Hi all! Here are some highlights from this week.

  • National Prevention week has brought more awareness to mental health and/or substance use disorders. Learn more on
  • A community Facebook page was created to celebrate San Diego’s graduating seniors. Here, family members can post their grad and some of their accomplishments. Then, individuals interested in "adopting" a senior can contact their parents for more information to send the student a sweet gift. Read about it here.
  • Today, the U.S. Air Force Squadron, the Thunderbirds, will fly over San Diego to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read here and see their flight path.

Have a nice weekend!