No one is immune to stress, especially during a global pandemic. Stress can look different depending on who you are. Today, many of us have difficulty sleeping, falling asleep, or constantly waking up fatigued. Although it is absolutely normal to experience stress and anxiety, learning to manage these uncomfortable feelings naturally is extremely important to developing a happier and healthier lifestyle!
It all starts with your morning. With the sudden lifestyle change COVID-19 has imposed on us, establishing a morning routine is more important than ever.
Get some vitamin D, if possible
There is something about sunlight that instantly boosts your mood. While this may seem like just a placebo effect, researchers have shown that many people with depression and anxiety lack vitamin D. Make sure you walk in the sun or listen to your favorite song and sit in the sunlight for a few minutes each morning. Even if you live in an apartment all summer, sit by the window for a few minutes, the sunlight will make your day!
Take a cold shower
Don't underestimate the power of a good shower! Although most of us probably prefer to rinse with lukewarm water, try standing in cold water for at least a few seconds the next time you wake up. Many people who take cold showers are more likely to have stronger immune systems, be more physically active, and develop a sense of alertness.. Some researchers also argue that taking a cold shower in the morning can improve mood, as cold water increases the release of endorphins throughout the body. So the next time you feel groggy or tired in the morning, take a quick cold shower; You will feel full of energy to start your day!
Avoid looking at your phone for at least 20 minutes
The first thing most of us do when we wake up is scroll through the numerous texts, calls, and emails on our phones. Although this may seem innocent and pointless, in a matter of minutes, your body is sure to experience a level of stress or anxiety upon encountering that work email or text messages from the day before. According to research conducted at the California Institute of Neuroscience and Behavioral Psychology, excessive phone use is directly linked to feelings of anxiety, especially as dependence on phones increases.
Try to resist the urge to reach for your phone the first time you wake up. Take at least 20 minutes to start your day peacefully, without the disturbing emails and calls that are sure to fill the rest of your day. Resisting this urge will rebalance your mind-body connection, allowing you to focus on yourself and feel calmer as you begin your morning. Take a look at these 10 ways to digital detox.
Write a plan for the day
Do you ever have so much to do that instead of being productive, you worry about all your responsibilities? With everything we have on our plates these days, it can be overwhelming to start your day. Organizing a to-do list has been shown to manipulate your brain into believing that your tasks are manageable. Whether you prefer to write your to-do list on paper, on a calendar, or on your phone, keeping an organized list will help you fulfill your responsibilities one by one.
Be sure to include one fun thing to look forward to each day on your list. This can be small, like setting aside 30 minutes to watch your favorite show or trying a new recipe for dinner. Either way, it is SO important to have something to look forward to for the day!
Listen to music and DANCE
This is my favorite stress reliever strategy. First of all, engaging in any kind of physical movement, especially at the beginning of your day, helps to wake up your body through the release of endorphins and brightens your mood for the rest of the day. If you're looking for a fun way to forget about your troubles and get your day off to a fast start, upload your favorite animated song and dance how you feel right. Dancing is not only a good cardiovascular exercise, but it can also improve your mental health and overall happiness. You could start your day with a smile.