Morning routine

I have recently been reading a lot on various ways to manage anxiety. One of the most commonly written about things has been the suggestion that a good morning routine can really help get your mind in the right place for the day ahead. With that in mind, I have decided to give a few of the suggestions a try. I will be documenting my progress with this over the next few weeks. I am aware that I will find this process difficult as I have never really got on well with overly structuring my life, but if there is any chance it can help it is worth a try.

Making the bed.

This is something that I never do in the mornings, ever. It has been suggested that quickly making your bed in the morning can benefit you in multiple ways. First, it gives a very quick sense of achievement. I’m not overly convinced by this as it is, after all just making the bed. Second, it helps you to have a clear mind. I can see this being the case more, as it is known that tidy surroundings help contribute to a clearer head.

Although I’m not really convinced that it will help, I am willing to give this a try. It should only take a couple of minutes each morning so I really have nothing to lose.

Freezing shower.

This is something that I have read about a lot, and have considered before. The health benefits of swimming in cold water or otherwise immersing one’s self in it are well known. From stimulating the brain and heart to making sure your pores are closed. This may require taking a hot shower at another time of the day in order to ensure proper cleanliness or alternatively just turning the water to cold for a couple of minutes at the end of my regular shower.

As I have read about this more than once, I am completely willing to give it a try.

Get moving.

Excercise first thing in the morning has been suggested to me a number of times. The biggest piece of advice I have been given on this though is to not overdo it too early. Doing 5 to 10 minutes of exercises such as press-ups or sit-ups when you wake up is more than enough to get you fired up in the morning. Save the gym or your run for later in the day.

Drink water.

This is something everyone should do as soon as they wake up, even if they don’t have problems with anxiety. After 7 or so hours of sleep, the body is getting very dehydrated. A glass or 2 of water as soon as you wake up is vital to starting your day off well, it is even more important than eating breakfast. I would advise keeping a glass or bottle of water by your bedside so that you can drink as soon as you wake.

Write something.

The power of getting your thoughts out of your head and onto paper cannot be underestimated, it has proved to be invaluable to me as a way of combatting insomnia. It is also a great way of getting your brain ready for a busy day. Just spending 5 minutes getting some thoughts down, write about literally anything will help set you up for the day ahead.

These 5 things are the suggestions I am going to start using for my morning routine, depending on the success of this I may add more later.

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Surviving the morning.

Some mornings I am so full of energy that I will get up 3 hours before work. These mornings I will go for a run, have a healthy breakfast and then walk to work. Other days I get up less than an hour before I need to be at work, skip breakfast, challenge the world record for the fastest ever shower and buy my coffee from one of those vending machines at the petrol station. Then there are the days after the sleepless nights, the slightly dead look that I rock up at work sporting. Hair that looks like one of those adverts for surf style gel, only without the effort. Eyes that are so bloodshot that you would be excused for confusing me with a zombie and a level of weirdness that goes far beyond that which I usually exhibit.

The only constant in all of these mornings, and truth be told the rest of my quiet time, is music. The music I listen to varies greatly with my moods, and often has a huge impact on it. Although I can be guilty of allowing myself to wallow in my less positive mind on occasion, because of the music I choose to listen to at that moment, in general it is one of the few things that can comp change my mindset.

This morning was a wet and dreary one. I got up about and hour and a half before work, showered, had some tea and then drove to work. Feeling reasonably good, I decided I would allow fate to choose the soundtrack of my morning, and so it was that I was treated to the delights of My chemical romance.

I have always found it amazing how music can evoke such strong feelings. Take the song “I don’t love you” from the “Black parade” album, I can’t quite pinpoint what it is, but something about this song just makes any feelings of stress or anxiety about the coming day disappear.

This is why I would recommend listening to music every morning. Create your own life soundtrack, think of it as a film, how dull would your favourite movie be without music? Don’t let your life be like a dull, silent film.

To buy the Black parade album mentioned in this post click here: Black parade – Amazon UK