A New Morning is a New Chance of Life

BY: Neighbors’ Consejo|

Dawn is a new opportunity to live; we will start a new day that will bring us multiple task, surprises and activities. For this reason, it is important to organize our mind and thus be able to do everything in a positive way. That is why we want to recommended to you  how to have a good morning routine with a positive mind and active body.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), “having a morning routine can increase your energy, productivity and positivity. It also generates momentum, building up to the brain’s peak time for cognitive work (late morning [1] ).” To get this, you can open your curtains and let the natural light energize you. Exposing yourself to sunlight in the morning can improve your alertness and energy during the day; put some upbeat tunes on, music lights up the entire brain; do some light stretching to get your blood flowing.

“Waking up this morning, I smile. 24 brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment” –Thich Nhat Hanh

Ally Burdick considers that “making the most of your mornings and establishing a motivating routine can radically change your mood, attitude, and mindset for the remainder of the day. Find soothing habits that make mornings bearable or even anticipated for the historical night owls. Anything that calms your nerves and allows you to relax and focus on yourself”. She recommended some tips for better mornings [2] :

  1. Review your morning plan the night before
  2. Organize your space, and yes, make your bed
  3. Limit online/social media time and focus on positive things to start your day
  4. Warm up your body and your mind
  5. Hydrate
  6. Make a to-do list
  7. Open blinds and curtains to let in sunlight
  8. Get up when your alarm goes off instead of using the snooze function
  9. Eat breakfast

What is considered a “good morning” routine? For Ahead Blog [3] 

“Before you answer that question, it is important to understand your personal mental health needs. The structure of you morning routine depends on several factors, including the type of depression you are facing, you living situation, you nutrition, and more. For example, if you are experience symptoms of major depression only during a specific season (Seasonal Affective Disorder), you might find ways to restructure your surroundings with light therapy products. If you are a parent dealing with perinatal depression, you might seek professional help to learn cognitive behavioral therapy strategies to practice in the morning. Whatever the circumstance, understanding the nuances of your depression can help you create a meaningful morning routine”.  

Therefore, synthesizing, you can follow the following steps to make your morning more productive, remember that your emotional wellbeing and that of all those around you depends on this:

  1. Use a sunrise alarm clock.
  2. Find your sense of self and be present in each moment.
  3. Make your bed.
  4. Start journaling.
  5. Start a skincare routine.
  6. Practice breathing or stretching exercises.
  7. Drink soothing tea.
  8. Take vitamins.
  9. Spend time with your pet or loved one.
  10. Do a light exercise in the morning.





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