Stress sucks! That’s something we all can agree on, right? I learned from experience, when and if we don’t learn to handle it, it will handle us and make us feel overwhelmed with EVERYTHING! It can cause acne, hair loss, weight gain, weight loss and many other health problems.
Although there isn’t a way to completely avoid stress, there are things you can do to handle it differently.
What better time to start with a routine, then first thing in the morning? Setting the tone for the day starts the minute you wake up.
So how do you eliminate stress first thing in the morning?
Here are 6 tips to assist you with creating a morning routine to help you alleviate stress.
Don’t Hit Snooze
If you hit the snooze button in an attempt to get more sleep, you’re not going to like what you’re about to read. When you press the snooze button over and over again, you are causing yourself to have less time to prepare for the day. That alone can causes some stress.
Try setting your alarm 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!) and you’re still able to 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 not worth it!
Leave Your Phone Alone
Constantly checking your phone, whether its social media, text, or emails, can cause your stress levels to increase without realizing it. Also, checking your phone right after waking up overloads your brain causing stress by trying to wake up faster.
Don’t check your phone until you’re dressed, or on your way out. This 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 that hits in the form of panic attacks and anxiety attacks or plain old stress.
Take in deep breaths, count to five and then exhale while count to five. Doing this helps you gain control of the situation which alleviates 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.
Eat A HEALTHY Breakfast
You’ve been told breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There is science and plenty of studies that can prove it. In fact, a study taken in 2012 found that “people who ate breakfast reported feeling 89% less anxious in challenging situations later that day, and were able to deal with dilemmas 7% faster than on days they skipped their morning meal”.
So, make sure you not only eat breakfast, but that you eat a HEALTHY breakfast. Doing this will increase your brain function and reaction and allow you to focus more on the tasks you need to tackle each day.
Make A List for Productivity
Try to focus on your high-concentration tasks first. This includes things that will take you the longest, things you don’t really enjoy doing, or anything that might require more focus and/or creativity.
After you complete each task, cross it off your list. Doing this will alleviate the feeling of being overwhelmed and flooded with tasks throughout your day.
Repeat An Affirmation
Saying kind things to yourself about yourself will make you happy and keep your stress levels lowered.
Affirmations can be anything that makes you feel positive like “My thoughts are calm and under control”, “I trust myself to make the right decisions”, “I wake up each morning feeling strong and confident about the day”, or “There is always a solution”. 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 and also help keep you positive and motivated to get through the day.
So, there you have it!
If hope you found these tips helpful and will apply them to your lifestyle to decrease the amount of stress you feel moving forward.
To Your Health & Success,
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