Whether you’re part of the daily rat race or you struggle with keeping a morning routine, you know it’s hard to function when feeling anxious and under pressure. Stress in general takes a toll on every aspect of wellbeing. It interferes with relationships, clarity, as well as mental and physical health. It’s important to learn how to reduce morning stress to avoid feeling tension and worry, so that the rest of your day goes smoothly.
How To Reduce Morning Stress
Prepare The Night Before For The Following Day
If you never know what you’re going to wear to work, what your kids will have for breakfast, or where the car keys are, these factors will cause a hectic morning and set you up for a subsequently disorganized day. Have a plan for those essential aspects. Set aside a few outfit options, and have everything you’ll need for the next day in a designated spot.
Get A Great Night’s Rest
The earlier you go to bed, the more refreshed you’ll feel in the morning. You can get up a little earlier and accomplish more, all while feeling super charged. Grogginess puts everyone in a slightly bad mood. In combination with a potentially chaotic morning, this will increase morning stress. Get 8 hours of sleep to avoid this.
Do this exercise before going to bet. This relaxation exercise reduces morning stress by clearing your mind and helping you to sleep better.
Video: The evening exercise for relaxing
Even if you don’t have time in the morning for a full work out, that’s okay. Stretching first thing in the morning increases blood flow and is also great for loosening up those tight, tense muscles. Tense muscles are a sign of too much stress. Release the tension by working out the body as soon as you get out of bed.
Try some deep breathing exercises to reduce stress in the morning. If you feel under pressure or anxious, it is imperative to get oxygen to the brain and to the cells. Breathe deeply, filling out your abdomen area but without puffing out your chest. Slowly release the air from your mouth. You can do this a few times until you feel calm.
Here is another great relaxation exercise that you can do to reduce morning stress. This exercise is a combination of breathing and yoga.
Video: The best relaxation exercise for stress
Drink Warm Lemon Water In The Mornings
30 minutes before consuming anything, have a glass of lemon water to undo the side effects of stress in your body. When people stress, vitamin C levels can drop which can compromise overall health. Lemon water brings back those high vitamin levels while flushing the system of toxins and other physical interruptions of your peace.
Don’t Overwhelm Yourself With Too Much To Do
Make sure that your list of things to accomplish in a day isn’t overly ambitious. The more pressure you put upon yourself to get every single thing done, the more stressed you’ll become. In the morning, when you’re reviewing the schedule, try not to get boggled by all that must get done. Instead, reduce your list to a few important things and try to set realistic goals.
Plan Something For Later On In The Day That You Can Look Forward To
Maybe it’s a television show or a favorite desert. Wake up in the morning with a plan to treat yourself to something. This will put happier, more relaxing thoughts in your mind and possibly help your day move along a little faster.
Take An Omega-3 Supplement
You may not notice an immediate difference but Omega-3 is known to reduce cortisol and stress hormones in the body. Keeping up with Omega-3 intake will lessen morning stress and its side effects from within by lowering cortisol and stress hormones that have increased over time.
Eliminate Small Nuisances
If you’re bothered by traffic, annoying alarm clock sounds, low gas tanks, or a specific person at work, you can somewhat control how often you deal with these issues. For example, if traffic gets really terrible by a certain time every day, avoid it by leaving the house earlier or taking back roads. If a colleague is the source of your morning stress, prepare mentally to not let their antics affect you. Think peaceful thoughts and remind yourself that you are in control. It’s about keeping a clear headspace.
Morning stress is not healthy and you don’t want to start out feeling pressured and anxious. We suggest implementing these tips daily to make for smoother mornings, thus setting the right tone for the whole day
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