How to Create a Morning Routine to Boost Your Mental Health

by | Dec 11, 2021 | Mental Health

Starting your morning off with a healthy routine can set your tone for the rest of the day. Think back to the mornings where you’ve overslept–you either forgot to set your alarm or you hit the snooze button one too many times. You wake up in a panic. Your morning is rushed, you’re late for work and you have officially started your day off stressed and disorganized.

You can’t always get it right, but one of the best things we can do for ourselves every day is to set ourselves up for success.  We can do this by creating a morning routine that boosts not only our mood but our health too. When we experience mornings that provide us peace and calm, it can help our productivity throughout the rest of the day. If you’re not a morning person – no worries. You do not have to get up at the crack of dawn in order to have a successful rest of the day. Here is a list to help you gain ideas for a morning routine that truly benefits you.

Ease Into the Day

It is much easier to get out of bed when you’re not feeling rushed to start your day. You feel more motivated to open your eyes and to let your body naturally wake up. It feels good to be able to lounge in bed and to take in the comfort of your space. After those few minutes of lounging, try these next few steps:

  • Open your curtains to allow that natural light to flow in and energize you.
  • Put on music or sounds that you enjoy.
  • Engage in some light stretching to help release any tension that has built up through the night.

Eliminate the Clutter

Doing something as simply making your bed can help eliminate clutter from the start of your day. Another great way to eliminate clutter is to hold off on checking your phone. Phones are amazing and convenient devices, but they also provide our lives with a lot of clutter. When you start your day off by checking your phone, which gives you access to emails, social media platforms, news (both good and bad), you may feel it necessary to react to all of it. Starting the day this way puts you into a “reactive” mindset, so do your best to skip checking your phone before you’ve invested in yourself in healthier wake-up strategies.

Don’t Skip Breakfast

It doesn’t have to be a hardy meal that takes time and effort to prepare, but fueling your body with nutrients in the morning can help energize your body. If you don’t want to take the time in the morning to create a meal for yourself, you can prep something the night before, like overnight oats, which are easy to grab and go or purchase quick and easy (and healthy) breakfast options. The point is to just get something into your body that not only fuels it properly but also isn’t just a cup of joe.

Don’t Forget the Water

Many love to start the day off with a cup (or two) of coffee, but don’t skip that morning glass of water. Hydrating your body is crucial throughout the entire day, so look at that morning glass of water as a way to kick-start the whole process. The benefits of drinking water are well documented and really are endless.

Stimulate Your Body.

You do not have to take a 5 am workout class to stimulate your body. Stimulating your body looks different for everyone. Reading is a great way to stimulate your mind while meditating and light yoga can help stimulate your body. Exercise helps to increase the production of the neurotransmitters we know as serotonin and norepinephrine. These act to enhance our body’s ability to deal with stressors that are inevitable throughout our day. Those who exercise regularly tend to be less stressed due to endorphins, and are more able to maintain a balance between work and play.

Write it Down.

Some mornings may feel overwhelming when you can’t get a grasp of what you need to do that day. This can cause people to lag or procrastinate when it comes to starting their day. Creating a to-do list in the morning might help. The list allows you to check off items and tasks, giving you a sense of accomplishment. This is your list to create, so make one that sets you up to be successful. The point of a morning routine is for it to start your day off mentally and physically healthy, not to add stress to your life.

Creating and maintaining a healthy morning routine may take some trial and error, and that is okay because you are worth it! Sometimes our routines no longer serve us, so it is recommended for us to go back and revisit our current routines to see if there are areas that need to be adjusted or updated. Remember you are in charge of your day, and you have the opportunity to create a healthy routine for yourself that helps you thrive for the rest of your day. If you are looking for additional ways to help you create a morning routine that benefits you both mentally and physically, reach out to Sober Life Recovery in San Diego, California. We have a dynamic team that specializes in individualized mental health care for adults. Our team wants to help you become the best version of yourself. Call Sober Life Recovery today at (619) 542-9542.  

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