Make Mental Health Part of Your Morning Routine
By Brandi Goodman
Starting your day out right can make a big difference for the remainder of it. Start out on the wrong foot and you're more likely to experience a day that doesn't go your way. Make mental health part of your morning routine so you can feel your best and keep stress at bay easier as the hours go by.
Make Your Bed
Making your bed in the morning helps set the tone for your day. It helps you accomplish a task right away that can help you feel proud of yourself and let you know that things can get accomplished easily, one step at a time. It's a great reminder for your mental health. Plus, it helps to make your room feel more organized and can promote better sleep.
Avoid Checking Your Phone
Don't wake up and check your phone immediately. If you need to turn off an alarm or look at the time, fine, but you really shouldn't be jumping onto social media, tuning into the news, or looking at your bank balance. It can all lead to stress and anxiety. Allow yourself time to wake up, start your morning routine, and get something to eat before you check into any of the aforementioned things. Better yet, wait until after work is over if possible so you don't end up too focused on something you saw while you're trying to do your job.
Stretch Your Body
You don't have to jump out of bed and exercise if you're not ready, but you should at least stretch out your body. You just slept all night -- or at least laid down for a while. Your joints are going to be stiff and possibly sore. Failing to stretch could mean your aching joints are on your mind all day long. Stretch your body out well before you get up and about for the day and you're more likely to feel good and ready to do anything. Plus, you'll release some endorphins that can help boost your mood.
Mental health should always be a priority in your day, whether it's the morning or not. Make sure you're starting your day out right with your mental well-being in mind so you can make it through the remainder of your day in a much more calm and collected mood.
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