Morning is the most important time of the day. In the morning we have to get ready and prepare ourselves both physically and mentally for the rest of the day. We have to arrive at work, University or wherever we have to go in the best possible shape. If we want to do that we have to eliminate the typical stress in the morning. Next, I will explain you a simple but effective tip to have stress free mornings and thus to be prepared to face the rest of the day relaxed and calm.
The main cause of stress in the morning is the rush to do too much too quickly. Therefore, if we want to avoid stress we have to eliminate rush and overwhelm from our mornings; we have to avoid doing things in a hurry by all possible means. How can we do this? We have to do less tasks and doing them as calmly as possible. With that, you will obtain countless benefits which will help you to improve your productivity during the rest of the day. Besides, you will be healthier and, thus, you will feel happier. Next I give you 2 tips to achieve a stress free morning:
1- Wake up early and save time
The only way you have to do your usual morning tasks without any hurry or anxiety, and get them done as best you can, is doing them with enough time; so, you have to save time.
Set the alarm 30 minutes earlier than usual. If you, everyday, wake up 30 minutes earlier soon your body will get used to do so. This probably will imply that you need to go to bed 30 minutes earlier. It doesn´t matter if you already wake up very early (8, 7 or even 6 am) because the key is to wake up 30 minutes earlier (and thus go to bed 30 min earlier) than usual. Can you imagine what you can do with 30 minutes more than usual every morning?
- You can meditate a few minutes just after wake up. It will relax you and will give you the necessary vitality to start the day putting your best food forward.
- You can have a shower with no haste.
- You can prepare a good breakfast and eat it calmly. Meals are a great pleasure that you have to enjoy calmly and, again, with no haste. Besides, with that, you will avoid the discomfort caused by eating too fast. Your body will have enough time to digest the meal properly.
As you can see, to wake up earlier does not mean you have to do more morning tasks than usual, but it means you do the same tasks as usual but calmly and with serenity.
2- Reduce your morning tasks
You have to do less and better, rather than more and worse.The key is to reduce as possible your morning tasks. Why? Because you will be able to do them more relaxed and with no haste. If, for no matter what reason, you have to do any activity related to your job or to your University, it should be small. That is, it shouldn´t be complex or difficult but simple and easy to resolve. The lack of time will impede you to face that task with diligence and with the effort required. You only will become more frustrated and stressed. My advice: if the task requires you to be concentrated you should leave it for later.
If you follow these 2 simple tips you will obtain countless benefits, which will have a positive effect on your productivity at school, work and home (because you will feel relaxed, rested and stress-free); likewise, you will boost your health (because you will digest better the breakfast and also because you will avoid those diseases related to stress, anxiety and depression); finally, you will improve your life because you will feel happier.
“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” Lemony Snicket.
Written by: David Cantone
What do you do to de-stress your mornings? Do you wake up early in order to save time or you prefer to sleep more? Please, share your thoughts and tips with the community.