Dec 03 2019
The holiday season poses a special kind of irony––sometimes spending time with loved ones and people you only see on occasion can also cause the most stress. The abundance of seemingly never ending parties, get-togethers, and reunions is intimidating, to say the least. The guise of a “holiday” as a time for rest and relaxation can be misleading as you often find yourself even more exhausted than you were to begin with. Our post on 5 Ways To Support Rest & Renewal This Holiday lists ways to stay calm amidst this chaos. Perhaps, aside from what has been mentioned, a good morning routine could make all the difference. Preparing this routine way ahead of the hustle and bustle of holiday stress may help keep you sane throughout all the external noise when the time comes.
Morning routines act like a domino effect on the rest of your day, so make it a point to come up with a schedule that balances productivity with self-love and care. Information published by Maryville University on the effects of psychology, notes that a good mindset has been found to affect success at work and school. Stress and anxiety can undermine everything else you’re doing throughout the day, so it’s good to start off on the right foot and on the right side of the bed. After a succession of days, you’ll be accustomed to your routine and will learn to reap its benefits to your overall well-being.
Here are some tips on how to maintain a good morning ritual:
Make it a point to sleep earlier
Not everyone is a “morning person,” and these are the people who hit the snooze button repeatedly and end up scrambling when they find themselves without any time. Try to sleep earlier than you normally would to adjust your body clock. Getting enough sleep is essential to your physical and mental health. You’ll find yourself less groggy, with a clearer headspace to perform and think better when you are well-rested.
Ditch your phone
Study Finds found that one in four adults check their smartphones within a minute of waking up in the morning. This may seem like a harmless practice, but doing so insidiously sabotages your morning. Seeing notifications, messages, missed calls, and a wave of other information first thing in the morning increases stress levels and throws off your focus. Checking your phone this early can cause unnecessary panic and worry, so try to make it a habit to keep it far away from your bed as much as possible to avoid temptation.
Prepare ahead of time
People tend to associate mornings with stress, but this is largely due to a lack of preparation. You can eliminate stress in the morning by doing the work the night before. Lay out your outfits, plan your breakfast, or do a meal prep at the start of the week. Write down anything else you need to do or are worrying about so you can give yourself more breathing room. This will also help you sleep more peacefully, knowing that the things that normally keep you awake are already taken care of. Fitness coach and healthy lifestyle entrepreneur Mandie Brice says that you’ll start seeing benefits to all this before you know it, and you’ll thank yourself for being in control.
Practice mindfulness and meditation
If you’re able to perform the aforementioned suggestions, you’ll now have enough time to take a step back and start your day on a positive note. Read something pleasant––whether that be a scripture passage, motivational quote, a positive affirmation, or a few pages of a book you’re currently reading. It’ll be a nice change of pace from reading notifications, tabloids, or social media. Bustle’s recommendations of morning rituals also include sitting in silence, focusing on your breathing, and practicing mindful meditation. Keep yourself grounded by thinking of your intentions for the day, and take time to write them down if you like.
Remember, you’re in control of your own life. You know what works and what you’re capable of. One of the kindest things you can do for yourself is keeping your mornings sacred.
Article written by Michelle Olivia for ceremonial-cacao.com