How to deal with stress pt 1 provided some insight into good stress vs. bad stress and offered a few techniques and ways that you can manage and reduce the stress in your life.
In today’s post I would like to break it down into ways that you can manage your stress during different times of the day.
Today we will focus on the morning routine and how you can start your day in a way that is stress reducing, relaxing and motivating! Your morning routine is vitally important in setting the precedent for how the rest of your day could go. If your morning routine includes a mad dash to get everyone ready and out the door while spilling your coffee and forgetting your cell phone or lunch, sending you to the office a frazzled ball of stress, the rest of your day could easily follow suit. Will everyone who says “that is exactly how I want my day to get started” please raise your hands!! I am willing to bet that no one has a hand raised, and why would you?
Your morning routine sets the tone for the day.
First and foremost, do something when you wake up for you. This can be as simple as taking a warm shower while listening to your favorite music station. Do something that will bring your awareness to the day ahead. I caution you to limit your screen time as soon as you wake up and are getting your day started. Often times we fall into the trap of allowing our phones or electronic devices to take the place of other stress reducing practices and that is not a healthy habit to have. There are things that can be prepared the night prior that will make the morning routine easier such as having your breakfast and lunch pre-planned or pre-made and ready to go. You can pick out your outfit and set it aside before you go to bed. Set your alarm early enough to give yourself enough time to get yourself ready so that you are not rushed. (This is easier said than done, believe me I know, but it will become habit with practice).
The Takeaway: Below I have suggested some things that you can do to help with your morning routine and help you start your day feeling motivated and encouraged rather than stressed and anxious.
- Take a hot shower after you wake up.
- Put on your favorite radio station while you are getting ready.
- Have your breakfast and lunch pre-planned and pre-made so you can grab and go.
- Have your outfit picked out and set aside the night prior.
- Prepare your favorite morning tea, coffee, or morning beverage while going about your morning routine.
- Have the kids (if you have them) meals and outfits picked out and prepared the night prior.
- Limit or cut out screen time or tv time during your daily routine (these are distractions and you can wait once everything else is done before checking your social media accounts).
- Yoga, meditation or others forms of exercise is always a great way to start your day.
- 5-10 minutes of reading something inspirational (like a blog post or book) can get your mind in the right place before your day begins.
- Journal for 5-10 minutes before your day gets started on what positives you will focus on today.