Many of us have days where we don’t quite feel like ourselves or are overwhelmed by life’s worries. Yet, there are a few things you can do each morning to help create a good routine which could ease anxiety. If you consistently feel anxious or overwhelmed, make sure you speak to a medical professional as it isn’t something you should have to process on your own. Yet, if you feel like you need a good routine to help you prepare for the day and feel good, give this a go!
Wake Up With Plenty of Time
To give you time to have a nice, relaxing morning before your day begins, try to wake up with plenty of time before you need to leave the house or start your day. This will give you time to get organised and feel in control, in turn helping to ease anxiety for some people.
Set a gentle sounding alarm that will help to gradually wake you. Some people rise naturally, yet if you don’t then a calming alarm is a good alternative. Try to get 8 hours of sleep if you can and you will feel well rested the next day.
- Nutritious Breakfast
Now that you are awake, head for a nutritious breakfast. Try to eat something that will keep you full and give the body the energy it needs. A great breakfast would be porridge topped with a scoop of greek yoghurt, mixed fruit and a multivitamin. Or, even better, a vitamin D tablet.
This breakfast should help to give you energy and set you up nicely for the rest of the morning. You will access plenty of nutrients and most importantly, vitamin D, which can help to regulate moods!
Go For A Walk
Now that you’ve had a nice breakfast, head out for a quick walk. This might only be 10 or 15 minutes, but the fresh air can help you to rationalise your thoughts and put things into perspective.
Not only is walking fantastic for your mental health but also your physical health, with benefits such as improved cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, endurance and reduced body fat. As physical and mental health are so closely entwined, this walk could be just what you need to help you feel good for the rest of the day.
Write Down What You’re Grateful For
Rather than jumping straight on your phone if you have some spare time, try writing down a few things that you are grateful for or feel happy about. This can be fantastic for people’s mental health, as I have found that when you write something down it seems more real.
Having a list of the things in life that you love will be a great reminder that although life can be hard at times, there are also things that you enjoy and look forward to, even something as small as a cup of tea in the morning. If you are struggling to think of anything and are really struggling, make sure to speak to a loved one or a professional.
Although these things might seem simple, they can make a big difference in how you feel for the rest of the day. Give yourself plenty of time to relax by waking up a bit earlier, eat a nutritious breakfast and take a multivitamin or vitamin D. Then, get some fresh air and write down what you are grateful for. Give this a go for a week and notice whether you feel any different.
Remember, mental health struggles should always be discussed with a professional or loved one. Also, bare in mind that you are never on your own and there is always somewhere out there for you to speak to! Take time to yourself each morning as a great form of self care.