“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”-John C. Maxwell
In the quest for success it’s usually our emotional and mental health that gets overlooked. We’re so busy taking care of our families and building careers that we miss the mark when it comes to caring for our mental well-being.
Being healthy includes the mind, too. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
When you are emotionally healthy and your mental health is good success usually follows. Great mental health influences your effectiveness in every area of your life; and it starts with your morning routine.
The best morning routine for success also includes a morning ritual for mental health.
What to Include in a Morning Routine for Mental Health
Get a good night’s sleep
Your morning routine actually starts the night before. If you’re struggling with your emotional, physical or mental health you need to ensure you are getting a good night’s rest. Sleep affects the immune system, your breathing, cardiovascular health, appetite and more. A great night’s sleep helps you to function at your best and you can better balance your energy and mood. People who’ve slept well perform better and function at a higher level intellectually. Sleep is important for good mental health.
Tip: Do not hit the snooze button in the morning. Scientists have proven that when you doze off for a second time the sleep cycle starts all over again; you’ll wake up feeling groggy because you weren’t able to hit the deep sleep stage.
Move your body. Exercise
Exercise is a powerful medicine for many mental health challenges, and it should be part of everyone’s morning routine. People who exercise regularly have more energy throughout the day, have a better memory, and are generally more positive about life. Exercise has been proven to relieve stress and have a profound impact on depression and anxiety. The benefits of exercise for your mental health should not be ignored. And if you let it, exercise can play a big role in helping you be successful and well.
Tip: Start small – if a workout routine feels like too much then try doing some light stretching in the morning. Depending on where you work you could also walk to work or take the stairs instead of the elevator. Long story short, any extra exercise you squeeze in is going to be beneficial to your mental health.
Take morning showers
Something as simple as a shower can make or break not only your mood, but your energy level and your ability to cope with stressors throughout the day. Good mental health is easier to maintain when you feel good about yourself. A morning shower can soothe morning stiffness and invigorate your body and mind. After a shower you’ll feel refreshed and more equipped to conquer the day ahead.
Tip: Get even more out of your shower by using a body wash made from essential oils. Another way to practice self-care, you can benefit from the properties of the oils and take good care of your skin
Practice mindfulness or meditation
It doesn’t matter who you are, you can benefit from meditation. Meditation is proven to help fight depression and anxiety and when put into regular practice may improve pain tolerance. Morning is an ideal time to meditate because you haven’t yet encountered the of the day. Even 5 minutes of meditation or mindfulness a day can have a positive impact on your mental health and well-being.
Tip: If you’re new to meditation or just starting mindfulness techniques, start with a few minutes in the beginning and then build up. You’ll still get the benefits even if it’s not perfect.
Do the self-care thing
No, it’s not overrated. “Me” time is so important for our mental health yet we feel guilty when we take it, don’t! We need space to be able to selfishly focus on our needs, our wants and just take a break from that hamster wheel of life. Out of everything I’ve recommended thus far, this is by far the most important. Spend a few minutes every single day doing something you enjoy, or something that you want to be doing for yourself but aren’t. Taking this time to simply enjoy yourself will benefit your mental state, your emotional health and your well-being overall.
Tip: Take up a hobby, start a positivity journal, listen to music and reading are all popular choices. There is no wrong answer here. Take that much needed Me time, you deserve it.)
Think you don’t need it? These self-care quotes suggest otherwise!
A morning routine is more than just motivation. It’s a habit that can serve your health, both physical and mental, through all stages of life. Your morning ritual for mental health is your morning routine for success.