As we are sure you all 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, causing them to be very chaotic and hectic. Now, who wants to start the day off like that?
If you can get into a routine that allows for a more calm, relaxing beginning, you will notice a residual effect throughout the course of your day. In turn, this will allow you to perform better at work and ultimately, feel more at ease and focused.
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 not only allow you to perform at your absolute best but will also have you prepared for whatever the day has in store!
Below, you will find some suggestions for stress-reducing rituals that you can incorporate into your everyday routine:
Get up early. Having a little extra time each morning for yourself is super important for self-care.
Meditate. Before you get out of bed, lie flat on your back, focus on taking deep breaths, center yourself, and focus on calming thoughts.
Exercise. Get up and get your blood flowing! 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, while helping you 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 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 tasks and goals for the day. Having these written down on paper will ease your anxiety and give you a sense of organization.
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, this simple action can be very relaxing.
In the chaotic world of traffic jams, business meetings, long work days, and stressful commutes, it’s important to make time for yourself and your sanity. When you start the morning off on the right foot, you can prepare yourself for whatever the world throws your way. Here’s to many successful mornings ahead!