Here at Therapy Directory we are big believers in creating a morning routine. When we start the day in a positive, calm and mindful way, we put ourselves in the right frame of mind for the day ahead.
Many of us begin the day feeling groggy, drinking coffee to wake up and feeling overloaded with information before we even leave the house. It’s no wonder then that by the time we get to work we’re already feeling stressed.
We think the key to overcoming this is to be a little more mindful in the mornings. This should help you make healthier choices throughout the day and generally improve your mood and well-being.
Below we’ve listed some easy swaps you can try to start your day in a calm and healthy manner.
Swap the snooze button for getting up early
As tempting as it is to hit the snooze button just one more time, having time in the morning to get ready slowly is so beneficial. You won’t feel rushed, and you’ll have time to appreciate the quiet moments. Take a little longer in the shower, be in the moment and notice how the water feels on your skin.
Swap coffee for green tea/hot water with lemon
We would never force you to give up coffee completely (we love it too much!) however, a cup of coffee first thing can stress your nervous system. Be gentle with yourself in the morning and try green tea instead. This will give you a caffeine hit, but one that is much gentler on your body. If you’re keen to reduce your caffeine intake in general, try hot water with lemon instead. This has cleansing properties and is great for your digestive system.
Swap watching the news for listening to music
Although the morning may seem like a great time to catch up on world events, it can make you feel burnt out and overloaded with information. Try listening to some peaceful music while eating a nutritious breakfast. You’ll feel calmer and will be more mindful of what you’re eating.
Swap checking your emails for 10 minutes of meditation
A lot of us can fall into the trap of checking work emails before we actually get into the office – but what can you do with this information? Chances are you can’t do much until you get into work, so what good is it reading them now? Instead, take 10 minutes or so to clear your mind and focus on the present moment. Have an anchor word, like ‘peace’ and keep coming back to this word when your mind wanders.