Stop Hitting Snooze
If you’re one of those people that keeps hitting the snooze button in an attempt to get more sleep, I have some not-so-nice new for you. When you press that snooze button over and over again, you are causing yourself to have less time to prepare for the day. That alone can cause some stress. To combat this I actually set my alarm about 15 minutes before I actually need to get up. Plus, I only allow myself to hit the snooze button 1 time… this way I know I’m still giving myself enough time. Having to rush in the morning is a breeding ground for high stress levels throughout the day. That snooze button is just not worth it. If you’re REALLY struggling with hitting that snooze button my best suggestion is to get more sleep and better quality sleep. This will allow you to wake up on time and refreshed.
Put the Phone Down
Constantly checking your phone, whether its social media or emails, can cause those stress levels to heighten. Checking your phone right after waking up overloads your brain causing stress by trying to wake up faster. Try not checking your phone until you’re on your way out or about to leave. It will allow your mind the time it needs to wake up on its own and do it calmly. Keep reading to learn some alternatives to checking your phone first thing in the morning.
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 while counting to five and then exhale counting to five. Doing this helps to 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.
Make A Date
Waking up even just 15-30 minutes earlier to spend time in God’s word can make a huge impact in beating the stress of the day. In spending time with God, He invites us to cast our cares on Him, take up his yoke which is light, and bring to Him in prayer any concerns we may have. The moment you start to feel like you’re being flooded with too much and become overwhelmed, take a breath and recall God’s promises. This will help calm you and also help keep you positive and motivated to get through the day. I just love how when I keep my “date” with God, I start the day refreshed and grounded.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
We’ve all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But there is science and plenty of studies that can prove it. In fact, a British 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 A.M. meal” (“12 Morning Tricks To Set Yourself Up For A Much Less Stressful Day”). 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.
Plan your day
Early on in the morning, try to focus on all your high-concentration tasks. This includes things like writing reports, seeing patients, managing finances or anything else that might require more focus and/or creativity. The best way to put those things in order of how much concentration they require is to make a list. After you complete one of the tasks, cross it off. Doing this will alleviate the feeling of being overwhelmed and flooded with tasks throughout your day.
So, there you have it. If you are fighting stress each day or even every once in a while, you can decrease the amount of stress you feel just by sticking to a good healthy and quality morning routine. It’s a great habit to start building today. Yours may look different from this, but the important thing is to develop one. What does your morning routine look like?