A Morning Routine to Start a Stress-Free Day

Published On: 31 July 2023By

Do you recall the last time you woke up feeling completely energetic and ready to tackle to the day ahead, or do you still feel sleepy, tired and sore, ready to pull your covers back up and get some more shut eye. Many of us have endured a sleepless night at some point of our lives, with simple things beyond your control, such as a cold, injury or even a snoring partner common reasons for lack of sleep.

Despite these setbacks, the way we start our mornings often sets the tone for the rest of the day ahead. By establishing a productive, calm morning routine can help you reduce stress and approach each day with a positive mindset. Many of us would have heard the saying “mind over matter” and by incorporating a few simple changes into our morning ritual, we can essentially change our entire outlook on the day ahead.

Wake up with intention

Sometimes hitting that snooze button to give yourself 5 more minutes is a little too easy. But by setting a specific time to wake up and committing to it will allow your body to have time to start the waking up process, generating the chemicals needed to make you feel energised. Additionally, by sticking to a regular bedtime will allow your body clock to adjust to a point that eventually you will wake up before your alarm even sounds!

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Hydrate and nourish your body

After a night of sleep, it’s essential to rehydrate your body. Sleeping under a warm doona or with heating on can make you sweat and dry out your body. It’s important to replenish these liquids to keep your body feeling fresh.  Drink a glass of water or even some juice when you get up to replenish your liquids. Add to that a healthy and nutritious breakfast to fuel your body and mind for the day ahead. Try to avoid anything artificial or high in sugar, and instead opt for whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein. This will provide you the energy you need to sustain you throughout the morning.

Practice mindfulness or meditation

Setting aside a few minutes to sit quietly, focusing on your breathing, or engaging in a guided meditation will help you gain the ability to focus. This way when you’re ready to start on your upcoming daily tasks you’re already in the right headspace to tackle them effectively. Engaging in meditation exercises can significantly contribute to a stress-free morning as well as increase self-awareness and reduce anxiety.

Move your body

Physical activity in the morning is a fantastic way to energize yourself and boost your mood. This exercise can be anything from a full gym workout to a leisurely jog or walking the dog. Whatever works best for you. Aiming for at least 20-30 minutes of activity to release endorphins, will help improve circulation, and promote overall well-being. It’s also a way to clear your mind by focussing on the exercise task at hand.

Plan your intentions for the day

Take a few moments to reflect on what you hope to achieve for the day ahead, listing your goals and intentions. You can write them down, add them to an app in your phone or if you don’t have too many even visualize them in your mind. Setting clear a clear and obtainable list of intentions can provide a sense of purpose and direction. It will also allow you to prioritize tasks and approach challenges with a positive mindset, finding joy in the small victories as you cross off those items one by one!

Avoid technology overload

In today’s modern digital age, it’s far too easy to get swept up in the digital world immediately upon waking. Don’t get into the habit of always checking your phone first thing in the morning, or if you must, turn off social media notifications. Try getting through your morning routine before looking at emails or checking your socials.

These platforms can lead to information overload before your body and brain has got going. It can distract you from the important tasks needed, and it’s too easy to find yourself doom scrolling and wasting time. Instead try and engage in activities that that bring you joy, nurture your mind, body, and spirit before immersing yourself in the strenuous demands of the outside world.

By following these simple yet effective practices, and incorporating them into your daily routine, it won’t take long before you find yourself waking up with a spring in your step. Suddenly you will find you have a sense of peace, clarity, and overall well-being, but keep in mind establishing a routine takes time, so please be patient with yourself!

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