10 Tips for a Stress-Free Morning

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on January 22, 2016

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Mornings can be stressful. It’s easy to let that stress get to you—but your actions might be affecting how stressed you are each morning, and you might not even realize it. Instead of waking up in a bad mood, try these 10 tips to create a stress-free morning routine for yourself! You’ll add some bliss in your morning routine with little effort.

Don’t pick up your phone:

I am incredibly guilty of this, but I’ve been working to make this a priority in my morning. How many times have you woken up and scrolled through social media before you get out of bed? Then you realize you’ve wasted 30 minutes catching up on what you missed out on; and now you’re running late. Try to get up and begin your routine before turning to your phone.

Plan for the day the night before:

Choose your outfit, make your lunch and breakfast for the following day, have your bag packed and ready waiting by the door. Life is so much easier when you can wake up, and begin the day without thinking, “I hope I don’t forget anything!?” This removes so much stress from your morning.

Go to bed early:

And make it a priority to have a set time to go to sleep and to wake up! For me, I stick to 11-11:30 for going to bed, and waking up around 7:30 each morning. That way, you know you’re well-rested and that you able to take on the day with a calm mind because you got your sleep. When you have a good night of sleep, you’re less stressed.

Have a morning mantra:

This might sound lame, but I promise you that it makes a difference going into the day. Even if you wake up frazzled, have a quote or a saying that you begin each day with. For me, I say, “Today is going to be a good day.” It puts the positive energy out there before you’re out of bed. You’ll be surprised how much a positive statement can change your stress levels.

Don’t hit snooze:

It can be very tempting to hit snooze, especially if you had a long day. But, the more you hit snooze, the harder it will be to wake up and begin the day. And, you don’t want to wake up feeling flustered—that’s the number one way to add stress to your morning. When you set an alarm, wake up and get out of bed immediately to avoid temptation.

Make your bed immediately:

I know there are many people who hate making their beds. But you should because then you’re not tempted to get back in bed and have an unproductive morning. I’m the type of person who has to make their bed first thing in the morning. There’s nothing better than leaving your room knowing it’s clean for when you get home at night.

Don’t skip water or food:

A lot of people say they don’t eat breakfast in the morning. The worst way to begin the day is on an empty stomach. You’ll feel irritated, and you’re more likely to crash during the day. If you hate breakfast, bring a piece of fruit or some yogurt to at least get your metabolism going. And don’t forget water! You need to hydrate after eight hours of sleep. Your body will thank you for this in the long run!

Have enough time:

I don’t understand how people wake up at 7:30 and leave their house at 8. Those 3o minutes are spent running all over the house trying to make it out the door, and into the office on time definitely affects your day. Beginning the day stressed out isn’t fun, and you won’t have a good day. Plan enough time to wake up, get ready, eat and get to work. Don’t rush your morning routine.

Breathe:

If you’re not a morning person and all else fails, just breathe. Remember that it’s going to be okay and that things will get done. It’s very easy to let stress get to you in the morning. So, when it doubt, breathe it out. I promise you’ll make it through!

Did I leave any tips out? What tips do you have for a stress-free morning? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • These are GREAT tips! I especially love “plan the night before” and “have a morning mantra”.. I was just talking to my mom about how acknowledging at the beginning of the day that I have the power to decide if it’s going to be a good day or not is so beneficial. I can get irritated with my husband (or a million other things) or I can decide that if I can’t control the situation, I can control my expectations and attitude!

    • Thank you so much, Linda! And yes! I love (and appreciate) your enthusiasm about having a morning mantra. Just remember that you always have control over your attitude and mindset for the day.

  • I have to put things out the night before otherwise I feel so frazzled when I’m getting ready in the morning. And i’m also glad that I never fell into the habit of actually checking my phone in the morning. I grab it so that I can listen to an audiobook or a podcast as I get ready, but I don’t check any social media right after I wake up.

    Now, hitting snooze is something that I really need to cut down on!

    • I’m glad you’re not the type to scroll on your phone–that definitely wastes time in the morning! But, hitting snooze can still get your stressed out if you’re running late! Try leaving your phone in a place where you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off! You’ll be less likely to hit snooze.

  • Elaine

    Good tips. I used to just give myself 30 mins to get showered, dressed and out the door but now i’ve been getting up earlier and going for a power walk, plus i have extra time to do other stuff.

    Elaine – Some Of My Favourite Things

    • Exactly! There are so many great things about giving yourself the extra time for yourself in the morning! It sets you up to have an awesome day!

  • My husband wakes up 15 minutes before leaving for work! I need a couple of hours to relax before heading out the door.

    • Tara, you and I are the same person! My boyfriend also wakes up 15 minutes before leaving, and he’s out the door! For me, I wake up two hours early, take my time to eat breakfast and get ready slowly!

  • Shanna Conrad Autry

    This is a great post! Mornings brings the worst out in me, unfortunately! I’m very guilty of staying under the covers, scrolling through my newsfeed in the morning..knowing that I’ve got 30 minutes to leave!
    These are GREAT tips!

    • Thank you so much, Shanna! And I completely understand if you’re not a morning person–but I promise you can be! It just takes a little more effort 🙂

  • These seem like such great tips! I def need to go to bed earlier and instead of mopping around, get out of bed right away!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks so much for your comment! Setting a consistent time for bed can definitely help you get into a proper routine for a stress-free morning!

  • Pam

    Great tips! I need to work on making the bed everyday and not jumping right on social media!

    • Thanks for your comment! And yes, making the bed right away is another way to resist temptation from laying in bed all morning.

  • Justine Y

    The phone one is so good, I wish I was better about that. I notice the mornings when I don’t try to get stuff done on my electronics go a lot better!

    • Justine,

      I completely agree! It’s so hard to not scroll on social media every morning. But, it will help with your productivity and create less stress in your morning.

  • Such great tips, my number one is making sure I wake up before my kids so that I have time for myself!

    • Having time for yourself in the morning is so important! Thanks for your comment!

  • Courtney Lynn Howell

    I never used to hit snooze, but ever since my fiance and I started living together I’ve taken up his bad habit and hit snooze at least 3 times every morning.

    • It can be very tempting to keep hitting snooze! But I always recommend setting one alarm, and keep your phone at the other end of the room, so it forces you to wake up and get out of bed to shut it off.

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