Stress can cause acne, hair loss, weight gain, weight loss and a host of other health problems. Put simply, it can make you feel overwhelmed by EVERYTHING! But, there is a way to combat stress.
Routines and organization is a great way to deal with stress throughout the day. And what better time to start with a routine, then first thing in the morning! Setting the tone for the day starts the minute you open your eyes. If you aren’t careful, stress can rear it’s ugly little face into your sights before you can do anything about it.
Here are my top tips to get you started in creating your own morning routine to help alleviate stress.
6 Simple Morning Routines:
1. Stop Hitting Snooze
When you press that snooze button over and over again, you are causing yourself to have less time to prepare for the day. That alone can cause some stress. Besides, once that first alarm goes off you're likely not getting any more sleep. Consider not hitting the snooze button at all. If you need five or six alarms timed to go off 15 minutes apart, try setting them a little earlier than when you actually need to wake up. This will allow you to be able to hit that snooze button (once or twice – not 10 times!) and still get up on time. Having to rush in the morning is a breeding ground for high-stress levels throughout the day. That snooze button is just not worth it.
2. Don’t Check Your Phone
Checking your phone right after waking up, whether its social media or emails, can cause those stress levels to heighten. It overloads your brain causing stress to wake up faster. Try not checking your phone until you’re on your way out or about to leave. Consider having no electronics during your morning routine. It will allow your mind the time it needs to wake up on its own and do it calmly.
We often forget, but good quality breathing is so important. Learning to calm yourself through breathing exercises will help fight away the stress. Take in deep breaths while counting to five and then exhale counting to five. Doing this helps to gain control of the situation. It can alleviate the feeling of being overwhelmed and stressed by everything going on around you. Doing this in the morning before you even get out of bed is a great way to prepare your mind for all the tasks you need to tackle.
4. Repeat An Affirmation
Saying kind things to yourself about yourself will definitely make you happy and help keep stress levels at bay. And it can be anything that makes you feel positive like “I am grateful for my life”, “I begin my life today”, “I am kind”, or “I am beautiful”. It really just depends on you and what you need/want to hear. The moment you start to feel like you’re being flooded with too much and become overwhelmed, take a breath and repeat your affirmation. This will help calm you, keep you positive, and motivated to get through the day.
5. Eat A Good Breakfast
Breakfast is critical to starting your day with energy, focus, fueling your metabolism, boosting your mood, and reducing food cravings. Make sure you not only eat breakfast but that you eat a HEALTHY breakfast. Doing this will increase your brain function and reaction. It will allow you to focus more on the tasks you need to tackle each day. Grab your FREE collection of 20 healthy smoothie and breakfast recipes, HERE.
6. Make A List of Productivity
If you didn't have time the night before then early on in the morning, try to focus on all your high-concentration tasks. This includes things like writing reports, managing finances or anything else that might require more focus and/or creativity. The best way to put those things in order of how much concentration they require is to make a list. After you complete one of the tasks, cross it off. Doing this will alleviate the feeling of being overwhelmed and flooded with tasks throughout your day. Another idea is to only put tasks you prioritize for the day in your calendar. This way you don't end up with a longer list of tasks to make you feel overwhelmed.
If you are fighting stress each day or even every once in a while, you can decrease the amount of stress you feel just by sticking to a good quality morning routine.
What does your morning routine look like?
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