When you first wake up in the morning, do you find your mind rushed with worries of the upcoming day? Do you immediately feel like you’re on the verge of panicking and don’t understand why?
Morning anxiety is a problem that affects a lot of people and that number only seems to be growing. Our schedules continue to get more and more packed but the amount of time in each day remains the same. This feeling of not having enough time in the day to get everything done, that we think we need to, can cause us to feel like every moment has to be used to the fullest, multitasking whenever possible. However, this can lead to us feeling increasingly stressed and overwhelmed.
This post is meant to provide some tips that can help reduce the anxiety you feel in the morning, so let’s get started.
Prepare the night before
Try to get as much ready as you can the night before. You can do things like laying out the clothes that you are going to wear the next day and making sure they are already pressed. Prepare a lunch for yourself and your kids. Put anything you are taking with you in an assigned spot near the door (nothing is more frustrating than not knowing where you left your keys).
You can also prepare for the next day before you leave the office. Try to organize and put away any papers you are going to need later. Respond to any emails you are able to. And just see if there is anything else you can take care of before you leave.
Do some stretching and meditation
Even if you have to wake up a little bit earlier in order to accomplish this, it is well worth it. Stretching and meditating helps decrease the production of stress hormones and increase the production of endorphins or “feel good” hormones. It will also get the blood flowing and make you feel more alert.
Plan something fun
You want to give yourself a reason to get out of bed and to get through work. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated. It can be just renting that movie you have been wanting to see or inviting the guys/gals over for some pizza. The important thing is just to have something you can look forward to at the end of the day.
Put a time limit
If you have to check your email and social network sites as soon as you wake up, then you want to put a time limit on these before you go on them, do this while at work also. These activities can sap up all the free time you have if you let them.
Put it on paper
This you can do the night before. If you have something nagging at you before you go to bed or even after you’re in bed and you just can’t get it off your mind, it can be helpful to write it down on paper. This can help put it in perspective and help you to not be too concerned about it anymore.
Spend time with family
Studies show that feeling lonely in the morning can increase morning anxiety. So try to sit down and have breakfast with the family or, if you live alone, it can help just calling up a friend or family member to say good morning.
Article by Nathan Johnson. Hope you found these tips helpful in relieving your morning stress. For more tips on stress management check out his blog at http://stressdemolisher.com