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If you rely on an alarm to wake up, don't use your phone, opt for an old-school clock instead
If you use your phone as an alarm, you could be tempted to at least peek at your emails, notifications or the news. You’re already letting someone else dictate what’s on your mind first thing. If you find a message from your boss, you can go straight from slumber into panic mode, where your heart is racing.
Once you’re in that mode, it’s difficult to kick back into a more relaxed, contemplative, intentional state
It doesn't have to be long and emotional. It can be as simple as being thankful for having a bed, a roof over your head or having running water. You can wake up and be aware of what you already have — and be present. You might still have a stressful day ahead of you but studies over the past decade have found that people who consciously count their blessings tend to be happier and less depressed.
Think of 1 to 3 things that you want to accomplish today and that, crucially, you “can realistically get done.” Prioritizing your intentions in this way can help you cope with the stress, give you a sense of direction and a sense of accomplishment as you knock every single item off your list.
Debra Swan,a Chicago-based health coach who works with clients around the US suggested writing them down so you aren’t holding them in your head.
“If you don’t have a routine yet, start small and simple so you can be successful,” -Debra Swan
Like having a glass of water first thing in the morning. Its an incredibly simple habit that has an immediate payoff: it hydrates you and can also give you a sense of accomplishment, and in that way, it can be a gateway to other healthy morning habits.
"Do that for a couple of weeks, then try adding some stretching, etc.” - Debra Swan
Figure out what it is you’re looking to feel more of in the morning and then put on something that helps you get there: like a quick guided meditation or a calming song when you want to feel more relaxed or your favorite upbeat tune if you wanna feel more energized.
Exercise releases endorphins, which can be a great stress reliever. This is individual to the person so it can be short and sweet. Just fnd something that works for your mornings like a quick stretch if you're pressed for time, rather than something like a 5K run that you’ll never get to and then feel bad about.
The key here is to figure out what you CAN actually get done at the moment with the time and resources that you have and start from there; rather than going for something big right off the bat and not be able to do it or hit the ground running and loose steam midway. That will make you feel like you have not accomplished anything. Start with baby steps; though slow they add up quickly and create big changes that creep up on you.
So write a list of baby steps you can take later today, tomorrow and each day for the rest of your life because life is a journey, not a destination.
Jack of all people-related trades, master of none. Majored in Psychology, Customer Service Assoc for a few Years, HR Officer for 4, Manager and ESL Teacher for over 11 yrs now, an artist since birth.
Because starting something big right off the bat is daunting and can be discouraging. Start with baby steps to hit your strides.
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