A morning routine can help you achieve less anxious day and lower overall stress. That’s why they’re so important — they set the tone for your entire day. But no pressure, we’re here to help you create the right morning routine to start off on the right foot. The beauty of a morning routine is that it’s unique to everyone. So we encourage you to take what you need, and leave what you don’t.
Wake up earlier
We know, it sounds like such a cliché, but it’s been said before because it’s true. Waking up earlier gives you that all-important time for yourself. This is a quiet time that you can use to do whatever it is you need to set yourself up for success. Whether it’s journaling, meditation, exercise, or reading — amount of time is totally up to you. Maybe you need 30 minutes, or maybe you need two hours. However long you need, be sure to give yourself that morning quiet time your mind and body deserve.
Avoid screen time
It’s tempting to reach for our phones the second we open our eyes. But the reality is, most of us will have to stare at a screen for most of the day to get work done — so give your eyes a break in the morning. Avoid checking social media or the news for at least an hour after waking up to give your mind free time to think clearly. Set a phone-free morning routine to start your day off right. Remember, this is prime time to sneak in some self-care.
Pausing to reflect on the positives in your life can be hugely beneficial, and completely change your mindset. Not to mention, it’s an awesome way to start your day. So how do we go about this? Practicing gratitude looks different for everyone. One way is to journal and write down all the good you’re happy about in your life. Another way is through meditation. Apps like Headspace and Calm even offer gratitude-focused meditations, making it really easy to shift your focus. If sitting still isn’t your thing, try a gratitude walk. If you’re looking for more guidance in your mindfulness practice, speaking to a counsellor can help. Wellin5 can match you to a counsellor that meets your specific needs, and get you on course for success.
Make your bed
Making your bed is the first good habit you complete in a day. It takes just a few minutes, it’ll make your space feel more put-together, and get you on the right track for positive action throughout the rest of the day. Make a promise to yourself to make your bed every day — it’s an easy task that makes you feel in control of your day, and ultimately your life.
Your body has been fasting for many hours as you were sleeping, so drinking a glass of water will help you rehydrate and start your day off right. While something as small as a glass of water might seem small, habit stacking can be powerful and help propel you into a positive routine.
After hours of laying horizontally, it’s always a good idea to warm up your body to take on the rest of the day. Keep your movements gentle and mindful. A short walk in fresh air, followed by light stretching or yoga is a great routine to limber up first thing in the morning.
Your morning routine matters
It’s been said by many that morning routines make a difference — and it’s repeated because it’s true. How you start your day can either set you up for success, or ripple into a series of events that can negatively impact your mental health. So go ahead, construct your morning routine to feel your best! Not sure where to start? Choose a few of these habits to try out in the morning, what works and what doesn’t, and refine from there.
If you’re looking for support in reducing your anxiety and depression, Wellin5 can help. Get matched with an counsellor who meets your specific needs in less than 5 minutes. With support available anywhere and at anytime, it’s possible for counselling to fit into your schedule.