7 Ways to Start Your Day Stress-Free

May 11, 2017
Why not try getting up a little earlier to face your day stress-free? This will give you more time so you don't have to rush.

It’s time to start your day in a more positive way by minimizing stress. Although a little bit of stress can be a good thing, you should not be super stressed out before you even start your daily activities. If you take a few minutes in the morning to do one or more of these 7 things, you can start your day stress-free!

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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 the danger.

Everyday stress builds up until it becomes chronic and leaves you absolutely defenseless and prone to anxiety, muscle pain, headaches, and hypertension.

To prevent or minimize this, we suggest the following tips to try in the morning. Pick the ones that best fit your needs and start facing your day in a healthier way.

7 Ways to Start Your Day Stress-Free

1. Begin your day a little earlier

It’s not easy, and taking an hour out of your sleep time isn’t something you can do every day. However, try to give yourself at least an extra half an hour in the morning.

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 and 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

Water droplets lifting out of the water

The key starting your day stress-free 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, and what you expect from yourself.

It’s time to change your perspective and look inside 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. However, drink it slowly and don’t rush.

3. Meditate for 5 minutes

Woman on the beach meditating

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 peace.

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 to start your day stress-free

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.

Additionally, pick an activity that you enjoy and that works for you. Furthermore, don’t worry about it being a high-intensity activity.

Your blood circulation will improve and you will strengthen your heart.

5. Start your day with an anti-stress breakfast

Start your day stress-free by eating a healthy filling breakfast such as chia and banana oatmeal kiwi fruits whole grains

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:

  • Oatmeal
  • Oranges
  • Eggs
  • Dark chocolate
  • Avocado
  • Blueberries
  • Walnuts
  • Chamomile tea

6. Visualize your day

One amazing strategy to face daily stress is to visualize your day. In other words, decide how you want it to go. Think positive, stress-free thoughts such as:

  • Today, I will have a calm day.

  • Nobody and 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 stress-free and nourished with positive thoughts

Woman outside breathing fresh air get fresh air and exercise in the morning to begin day stress-free

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 get 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 will stay in your heart and provide all-day encouragement.

Finally, convince yourself that it’s going to be a good day and that you deserve to be happy. A calm mind encourages life balance. Make an effort now to put these tips into practice!