How you start or spend your mornings most times contribute or determine how the rest of your day will go. That means, if you start out feeling stressed, you will notice a downward spiral of events and stressful responses. If on the other hand, you start out your day from a place of being centered, you realize that it affects your day positively and you find yourself really enjoying the rest of your day. There are some healthy everyday habits you might want to incorporate into your everyday life (especially in the morning) that can help you face your day and handle the stress you might experience. You can experiment any of these tips to find out which one suits you best.
Healthy ways you can start your morning
Let light in
It is very tempting to close your curtain and blinds at night, that way, you can wake up in your cozy, dark room. However, it is expedient you live them at least a little open in order to let light in, that way it is easier for you to get out of bed in the morning. When you let the natural light in, it lets your brain know what it is time for you to wake up by slowing the melatonin production and boosting adrenaline. It makes it easier for you to get into the habit of going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday so as to get your body on schedule. Whatever your schedule is, try as much as you can to get at least seven or eight hours of sleep every night
Set your alarm early, and don’t snooze it.
If you leave out an open place on your blinds or curtain before you sleep, chances are you’ll be awake even before your alarm goes off. Give yourself an extra time, and endeavor not to sleep while waiting out your extra time. Try to positively reflect or meditate for 10 to 15 minutes before you start your day. This will leave your mind and body feeling refreshed and good to go.
Put On Some Music
Studies have shown that music can help reduce stress and also has a positive effect on health. You don’t need a therapist to enjoy some of the benefits music has to offer.
When you listen to music as you prepare to start your day will create a kind of positive energy and a soothing and peaceful effect or even a sense of fun (depending on the kind of music you play). Music has a way of complimenting other healthy lifestyle habits, you are add yoga workout to it, putting a spring in your step on a morning walk or stimulating your mind as you write in your journal
Relax in the Shower
Most times, we tend to rush in and out of the shower in order to get on with other activities of the day. What we don’t know is that, a few minutes in the shower can get us into the right frame of mind. As you let the warm water loosen your muscles, think about the possibilities that lie ahead, think about what you have to be grateful for in life and remember this serene feeling.
Eat a Balanced Breakfast
What you eat in the morning before going out is extremely important. Little wonder why breakfast is being the most important meal of the day. A healthy meal in the morning helps balance your blood sugar levels and give you the right amount of sustenance you need to be able to handle physical and mental stress. That way, you are resilient enough to take whatever card the day deals you. Also, make sure whatever you take has enough protein and fruits and not just empty calories.
Drink Green Tea
Sipping a warm cup of tea is not a bad idea for starting a day. It has an ability to soothe and leaves you prepared for the activities of the day feeling nurtured. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, so it’s a delicious and healthy lifestyle choice.
Write in Your Journal
Writing once a day can help you feel focused and also process negative emotions and also solve problems.
Keeping a journal has s lot of health and stress management benefits and this can also lead to increased self awareness.
Take a Morning Walk
Something as little has taking a morning walk has a lot of health benefits to it, especially as regards stress management. A morning walk can help you get ready and fit for your day activity, help you sleep better at night, lower your stress level and also drastically reduce your risk of a myriad of other health problems.
Do a Little Yoga
For a healthy and peaceful mind, some yoga activities can help jostle your spirits up. Yoga is one of the best ways to manage stress and there are tons of health benefits you can find by doing just a single technique.
A good way to start your morning is by doing a series of yoga poses called Sun Salutations.
Reduce stress the night before
If you always move sluggishly in the morning, there is a high possibility you might get stressed out and when this happens, you are likely to get run late thereby faced with the task of trying to fit a million tasks into a small time frame. Reduce your stress and make room for more healthy morning habits by doing things like laying out an outfit, showering, packing a lunch or a bag and planning out your breakfast the night before.
Whatever the case may be, wake up every day with an inspirational quote. Take stock of your mental health as it is just as important as your physical health. When you get yourself excited about starting a new day, it becomes easy for you to achieve all these morning routines, and with good mood it will put you in is likely to help you carry on and continue to stay motivated for the rest of your day. When you encounter challenges in the course of the day, you’ll be able to think back to the quote and the attitude it created when you read it that same morning.