Stress is a part of life. This natural emotion acts as a survival mechanism in human beings: it gets you ready to adapt much better to the daily challenges you face.
Try to remember that stress, when managed and controlled well, is actually positive: it gives you the energy, strength, and encouragement to solve problems and respond better to your small, everyday adversities.
However, it becomes a problem when you stop managing it, when it builds up, and when your brain only sees danger.
Every day stress builds up until it becomes chronic and leaves you absolutely defenseless and prone to anxiety, muscle pain, headaches, hypertension…
To prevent or minimize this, we suggest following the 7 tips. These are 7 ideas to try in the morning. Pick the ones that fit your needs best and start facing your day in a more healthy way.
1. Get up a little earlier
It’s not easy, and taking an hour out of your sleep time isn’t something you can do every day. But try to give yourself at least a half an hour extra.
There are many reasons you should get up a little earlier, and you’ll find some of them a bit surprising, too:
- It will let you slow down and not rush (getting out of the house in a hurry increases stress).
- Getting up earlier and in a more relaxed way helps you be more present, conscious of the here and now.
- You will be able to spend time on some simple exercises to help manage your stress and anxiety.
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2. Drink a glass of water in small sips
The key to managing daily stress is to slow down and develop a more full, calm, and intuitive awareness of your own needs.
You go through the day focused on exterior things: what others are expecting of you, what you still need to do, what you expect from yourself…
It’s time to change your perspective and look inside to your body and mind. It needs to be purified and oxygenated.
One way to do this is to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. Drink it slowly. There’s no rush.
3. Meditate for 5 minutes
Meditation improves your quality of life and is very good for your brain. It relaxes you, and gives you a chance to release tension, pay attention to your inner self, and channel anxiety.
However, one thing you should know is that meditation takes daily practice.
You probably will not see results your first week, but rather after a little while when your mind has learned the art of disconnecting from the outside in order to connect to the inside.
4. Exercise for 10 minutes
You only need to take 10 minutes out of your morning for this. Once you get up, drink that glass of water, and meditate, there’s nothing better than doing a few lunges, walking, or jumping rope.
Pick whichever works for you and don’t worry about it being a high-intensity activity.
Your blood circulation will improve, your heart will be strengthened, and you’ll be able to face stress’s side effects more effectively.
5. Eat an anti-stress breakfast
You must nourish your body if you want to start the day out right.
Some foods, thanks to their high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, improve your immune system and thus help your body respond to stress properly.
The foods below can help you with this. Start including them in your breakfast:
- Dark chocolate
- Chamomile tea
6. Visualize your day
One amazing strategy to face daily stress is to visualize your day. Decide how you want it to go. Think positive thoughts like:
- Today, I will have a calm day.
- Nobody amd nothing will interfere with my inner peace.
- I’m going to be able to handle my day and nothing has the power to hurt me.
- I know my strengths, I know what I’m worth, and nobody and nothing will make me feel weak.
- Today I will have time to meet my responsibilities but also will have time for myself, to be me, to relax, and to do things I like.
7. Leave your house nourished with positive emotions
It isn’t silly. Think about it. How often do you leave your house in a bad mood?
An argument with your spouse, rushing your kids, or even your own thoughts of how it’s going to be a horrible day… all of this definitely gives you stress.
Try to go out the door with a good supply of positive emotions in your personal “backpack.”
Say goodbye to your family with an “I love you.” These words stay in the heart and provide all-day encouragement.
Convince yourself that it’s going to be a good day, that you deserve to be happy. A calm mind encourages life balance.
Make an effort now to put these tips into practice!