Morning Rituals – Set a Tone for a Peaceful Day

How does your day start? Are you running around like crazy looking for your shoes? Are you struggling to brush your hair while making the kids lunches? Running around trying to find your car keys?

If your mornings are high stress, this sets you up for a high stress day. Often one of the most important predictors on how well your day can go is how it starts.

It is important to address your morning routine issues to make sure that your days go smoothly and that you have a peaceful day instead of one that is provoked by the morning rush of the stress hormone cortisol running through your bloodstream.

First let’s consider the importance of a peaceful day,

First, there is the obvious, less stress means better health and less chance of developing chronic illness. The truth is stress can kill you. Stress affects your body and your mental health in many negative ways, and it can wear you down, destroy your mood and make you much less productive (https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987).

Second, there is the more obvious, who doesn’t want to have a peaceful and calm day? How many of us really want to run around frenzied and overwhelmed?

Finally, how about the plain fact that all of us deserve to live a peaceful life, every single day of our lives. Perhaps this might be the most important reason to ensure we set a tone for a peaceful day.

6 Morning Steps To Set A Tone For A Peaceful Day

Get Up Early Enough

Getting up early allows you to start slowly, have enough time to get everything done and most important allows for a peaceful and harmonious start to your day.

Those who wake up early have been found to be more alert and have lower levels of anxiety throughout the day (Jones et al. 2018).

Practice Mindfulness Or Meditation

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress. “

Meditation helps to improve emotional resilience, boost focus, and reduce stress (https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/mindfulness-meditation-helps-fight-insomnia-improves-sleep-201502187726).

Exercise

Morning gentle exercise offers several advantages for your physical and emotional well-being. One study found that exercise helps to boost blood circulation, raises energy levels, and elevates mood (https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/exercise-benefits). When your mood is good, you will feel more at peace and happier.

Prepare The Night Before

Peaceful mornings bring peaceful days and so a key step to facilitating that peace is being ready to get ready without any extra hassles or problems. Plan what you will wear the night before.

Make sure everything is laid out and within easy reach. This includes your makeup and jewelry. Make sure your keys are always in the same place, so you don’t have to search for them and run late.

Make A Plan For The Day

Make your next day plans the night before. Make sure that you have your to do lists, priorities, and schedule ready to go. This way when you wake up you know what you are doing, and you are using your time wisely.

Express Thankfulness

Gratitude provokes, joy, peace, and a happy mood. Take a few moments each morning to be thankful. You can write in a journal or make a gratitude list and just review it each morning. This not only facilitates peace it also helps to ground you and face any challenges that may come your way throughout the rest of the day.

A regular thankfulness practices can boost resilience, self-esteem, and mental health (Emmons & McCullough’s 2003).

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