Is your dream of how you’d like your days to start (calm, perhaps with a cup of coffee while you enjoy a few minutes of peace and quiet) different from your reality (a teenage daughter who’s having the worst hair day ever or an hour-long commute followed by an early morning meeting)? Unfortunately for many people, mornings tend to be filled with chaos rather than peace.
If your mornings are anything like this, then you already know how much stress is added to the day when you start off anxious. But you aren’t alone. Morning anxiety is, quite possibly, the norm.
If you’d like to trade in your morning anxiety for a little more calm, try changing your morning routine. According to Inc. magazine, people tend to have bad morning habits. Since mornings can usually set the tone for the rest of your day, it might be a good idea to put a little effort into making sure it is a positive start. Inc. suggests some simple changes like avoiding your phone or other devices for the first 15 minutes of your day and exchanging that cup of coffee for a cup of lemon water.
Don’t dread mornings. Start your day off with a little less anxiety, and perhaps you’ll be able to help others do the same! Here’s one simple idea: Take a moment to brighten someone else’s day. Share a smile with the people you see each morning. Or you can add sending an unexpected card to a friend or family member to your morning routine to start your day off with gratitude! You will feel better, and they will, too!