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How to Create a Morning Routine that Supports Your Mental Health


Morning routines are something that can help set you up for a good mood type of day. They can be especially helpful for those that experience stress and anxiety. Anxiety feeds off of change and unpredictability. Establishing routines help to create consistency and stability in one's day. They can also help to manage stress. If you are in need of creating a morning routine that is supportive of your mental health, here 4 tips that can help you get started:


1. Decide how much time you realistically have in the morning

A big part of creating any routine involves deciding how much time that you realistically have. It might not be realistic for everyone to get up earlier to go to the gym. It is important to explore how much time you can set aside so that you can create a routine that is both consistent and successful for you.


2. Explore any practices that you'd like to implement

Some people really enjoy journaling first thing in the morning. Others prefer meditating, engaging in a quick yoga flow, or even light stretching. It is really up to you to decide which practices you'd like to include in your routine.


3. Compassionately allow space for trial & error

A big part of creating a successful and balanced morning routine is figuring out what works for you and what doesn't. Allow yourself time and space to figure out what works best for you.


4. Create a routine that is both easy & enjoyable so it can be consistent

Your morning routine doesn't have to be anything over the top or some ridiculous 10 step process. It just has to be easy and enjoyable. When you look forward to your morning routine, it is easier to be consistent with it.


Everything listed above can help you get started in creating a solid morning routine. As a therapist and holistic life coach, I am passionate about helping my clients create schedules and routines that are best supportive of their individual needs. Here are some suggested practices that you can include in your morning routine:


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Journaling

Gratitude

Hydration

Light movement

Balanced breakfast

Inspirational content/music/media