Develop Morning Habits to Combat Stress
Do you know that practicing a good morning routine can save you from unnecessary stress and anxiety? Mornings are a blessing and we must take the maximum benefit from them. To do so, it’s important to plan and set up a good morning routine first. However, this thought itself is stressful for many people. So why make it stressful and hard to practice? The most effective thing is to take approaches to make your mornings enjoyable, memorable, and stress-free for you.
First, think about several practical approaches that are easy to follow. Don't make a morning routine that your friend or your neighbor follows but is hard for you. This would add more self-inflicted stress when you fail to properly follow the routine. Always try to set a routine that motivates you.
Your morning routine should include the following habits to combat stress and promote wellbeing:
Drink water as the first thing after you wake up.
All of us know that drinking water first thing in the morning offers many benefits to our health and body. Drinking water in the morning gives you a soothing feeling that will also calm your mind and reduce stress. It will flush out all the toxic compounds and negativity from your body while leaving you healthy and happy.
Go out for a little morning walk.
If you can’t walk for miles in the morning, try to do a little walk for only a few minutes. Always try to walk outside your home under an open sky and on the green grass. It helps give you dramatic energy, freshness, and a good feel for the whole day.
Don’t waste your morning on your mobile phone.
The worst thing that many of us do is waste hours on our phones once we wake up. If you had been doing this, stop this habit beginning tomorrow. To do so, try to keep your mobile phone far away from your bed so that you won’t pick it up and start using it unconsciously. Instead, set the morning alarm on an alarm clock and keep it near you instead of the phone.
Recall your blessings and be thankful.
Spend a few minutes thinking about the virtues of your life and be grateful for them. This process makes your content instead of complaining about life. When you start practicing gratitude, the stress will start to fade away from your life.
Meditate and exercise.
Meditation and exercise in the morning are the two proven and powerful ways to reduce or manage stress. Make these two your morning habits and manage a few minutes for them every day to reap the benefits.
Read a newspaper or a good book.
Reading the newspaper or a few pages of a good book will give you the knowledge and positive vibes for the day. As a result, it will help in reducing your stress while making you feel confident and insightful.
Have a healthy breakfast (or fast).
This is not a one-size-fits-all. I like to fast till the afternoon. But I know some people cannot function without breakfast. So if you eat breakfast, eat a healthy and nutritious breakfast in the morning to boost your stamina and energy for the day. By doing so, you will notice that you are more energetic and happier day by day and effectively managing your stress.
Get dressed up for the day.
Every day, dress up beautifully in the morning to carry out your all-day responsibilities. When you dress up nicely, it gives you confidence in yourself and takes away the uninvited stress from your life.
Developing good morning habits and then sticking to them is an important step to relieving your stress. Without having a proper morning routine, the rest of your day will be disorganized and cause greater stress on you. However, don’t give up your morning routine if you fail to follow it some days. Life gets in the way sometimes but tries to get back to your routine as soon as possible. You will see a noticeable difference in your stress level as well as your overall well-being.