Getting up in the morning isn’t always easy, especially if you’ve had a restless night and you face a chaotic day. Here are ten ways to make your morning more mindful and stress-free.
1. Prepare for the next day before you go to bed. Whether it be deciding which outfit to wear and ironing it, preparing your lunch, or ensuring you have all the relevant documents for any meetings at your fingertips. Doing this the night before will ensure you have a less stressful start to the day. It can aid your positivity and in this way, help increase your productivity.
2. A good night’s sleep is vital. This can be difficult during these stressful times. If you have trouble sleeping, try meditating or reading a book before retiring for the day. If you do this as a ritual each night, it will send a message to your brain telling it that it’s time to switch off and it can help your body to relax.
3. If you use an alarm to wake you, set it to play a piece of music. This is much nicer than being woken by a loud beeping which can be a shock to the system, especially if you are in a deep sleep. It can help lighten your mood and put you in a positive frame of mind.
4. If you snooze you lose. There’s a lot of truth in that saying, putting your alarm in snooze mode and being woken from a deep sleep after just a few minutes may make you feel worse rather than better. Prepare to be up and ready to face the day as soon as your alarm sounds.
5. Affirmations, filling your head with positive thoughts is a great way to start your day and relieve stress and anxiety. They promote mindfulness, assists good health and can help keep negative thoughts at bay. I’ve always found this useful and it feels more important now than ever.
6. Breathing exercises and yoga are great for your physical and mental well being. Breathing exercises help to relieve anxiety and depression and Yoga is a great aid to relaxation. You can feel the benefits after just one session. Personally, I recommend the Wim Hof breathing method and I find Yoga with Adriene is fantastic for all levels.
7. Eat a healthy breakfast, something packed with nutrients such as oatmeal porridge or a natural juice. My favourite recipes are from the ‘juice master’ Jason Vale. I add some chia seeds, ginger or berries. This helps to provide you with the energy you need to make it to lunchtime without craving a snack. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day as well, two-thirds of the human body is made up of water. Dehydration can affect your mood and increase fatigue, it’s essential that you stay well hydrated to enable your body’s cells to function properly.
8. Setting small daily targets can help you move forward and motivate you to reach your goals and dreams. If you don’t have a plan in place to achieve a goal, then how can you expect to reach it? Click here for our goal setting worksheet.
9. Wearing clothes that you feel good in will help lift your mood and put you in the correct mindset, even if you are working from home, as lots of us are these days. This can help you focus more clearly on the daily tasks you need to complete.
10. Last but definitely not least, self-care. Look after yourself as best as you can throughout your day. Don’t forget to put your physical and mental well being above everything else. Remember that you are your most valuable commodity.