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3 Tips for a Morning Routine That Supports Mental Health

Waking up can feel like the most challenging part of the day. Finding a way to energize a tired body is hard enough without feeling like your brain is drowning. The secret to fixing the problem of morning wake-ups is to wake up in a way that supports your mental health.

 

Today, review these hot tips on how to wake up in a healthier way that supports your brain, your body, and the rest of your day!

 

#1: Don’t Check Your Phone Right Away

This could be controversial, but it’s important enough to come first on today’s list.

 

The best way to set yourself up for a successful day is to put off checking your phone. Doing this can be a massive boon for your mental health for nearly everyone. The reasons it works vary from person to person, but there are some commonalities as to why this is a practical tip.

 

First, your phone holds an intense amount of information. After resting, reaching for your phone confronts you with bank accounts, texts, work emails, and other stressors. You will need to address these things eventually, but shocking your mind with this information right after waking up isn’t good for your mental state. 

 

Don’t forget that many factors you might not be aware of affect your mental health daily. Some research shows that individuals with ADHD and similar mood disorders can suffer from triggering large dopamine rushes too early in the day, which happens when browsing your phone. Push the delay button instead.

 

Second, it’s easy to get distracted while doing a quick check on your phone. Falling down a Twitter wormhole or watching an hour of TikToks as you try to get out of bed isn’t likely to make you feel good about the rest of your day, and you might even run late.

 

Instead of reaching for your phone, try waking up slowly and taking other actions to set the pace for a relaxed and calming day. Here are a few suggestions:

 

  • Turn on the lights and open your blinds; natural sunlight energizes
  • Play music that helps you feel alert
  • Lightly stretch

 

Taking five to ten minutes to do these things before you start the rest of your morning routine will set the pace for a better day from the moment you wake up.

#2: Drink Water and Eat Breakfast

Everyone knows how vital water is to the body. Hydrating all day is essential; that importance isn’t any less during the morning. The best way to get your body’s mental and physical processes waking up in the morning is to drink a full glass of water.

 

According to JUST Water, it is recommended that you drink 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids per day for men and 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) for women. That fluid intake is more than just water—about 20% of it can come from food, and 80% from beverages.

 

Setting a glass of water out at night for the morning is a great way to make it easy to get water first thing in the morning. It’s easy to forget about water until you feel thirsty, but you should drink before you get to this point.

 

Take time to eat breakfast. Without food, your body won’t have enough energy. You can set yourself up for a bad mood by not eating. Blood sugar and mood swings are linked; your brain will suffer without proper nutrition. Take care of your mental health by eating breakfast.

woman drinking water

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#3: Do Something Fun

The phrase “morning routine” is scary for many people, especially those who prefer to go with the flow. However, setting yourself up with an idea of how to succeed in the morning doesn’t need to come with the strictness of a standard routine. Instead, think of your morning routine as a guideline for a fun, happy day.

 

Your morning routine should always include time for something you love to do!

 

It is easy to spend the whole day working and stressing. By night, you may need more energy to spend time on something fun, something just for you. By including something fun in your morning routine, you ensure that you prioritize your own peaceful time and your other responsibilities.

 

This fun thing can be anything. Spend 30 minutes reading, knitting, playing video games, watching a TV show, or doing whatever creative activity brings you joy. Stimulating your brain with fun activity is a mental break that energizes your brain for a day of positivity.

 

Routine is just a word. Think about what you can do in the mornings to make you happier and set up for a day of success and joy. It is important to focus on this in the morning, and the three tips just covered should lead you down this path in no time.

 

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