As you know, the flow of your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. Many of us tend to spend our mornings rushing around and they tend to be very chaotic and hectic. That is not a good way to start the day.
If you can get into a routine that allows for a more calm, relaxing start to your day, you will notice a residual effect throughout the remainder of your day. You will perform better at work, you will feel more at ease and you will be more able to focus.
Ideally, your morning routine should consist of a few different rituals that when combined, add up to a perfect combination of relaxation, stress reduction and motivation. Starting off your mornings on a positive note will allow you to perform at your absolute best, and you’ll be ready for whatever the day has in store for you!
Here are some suggestions for stress reducing rituals that you can incorporate into your morning routine:
- Get up early. Giving yourself extra time each morning for yourself is super important.
- Meditate. Before you get out of bed, lie flat on your back, focus on taking deep breaths, center yourself and focus on calming your thoughts.
- Exercise. Get up and get moving! Even if it’s only for ten or fifteen minutes, getting your body moving first thing in the morning will reduce stress, improve your focus, and give you those feel-good emotions that make you feel like you can conquer the world!
- Take a shower. A shower in the morning works all kinds of wonders. Your shower can be the most relaxing place on the planet while waking you up and rejuvenating you at the same time. It also relaxes away pain and stress and helps you to feel your freshest for the day ahead.
- Try swapping coffee for green tea. Coffee may give you the boost you need if you’re dragging butt in the morning, but too much can give you an awful case of the jitters or make you crash later on. Green tea has just enough caffeine to help you wake up, contains antioxidants, and improves brain function.
- Plan. Jot down your plans and goals for the day. Having your plans and goals written down on paper will ease your anxiety, as they will no longer be nagging at you in your head.
- Read. Take a few moments to read and unwind before you head out for the day. Whether you read the newspaper, a magazine or a chapter of your favorite book, reading can be very relaxing.
In the chaotic world of traffic jams, business meetings, long work days, and long commutes, it’s important to make time for yourself and your sanity. By starting your day off on the right foot, you can prepare yourself for whatever the world throws your way!