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The Value of Following a Morning Routine when Living with Mental Illness

The Value of Following a Morning Routine when Living with Mental Illness

For people with mental illness, just waking up and getting out of bed can sometimes feel like a chore.

For people with mental illness, just waking up and getting out of bed can sometimes feel like a chore. But when you have a set morning routines, making seemingly small and insignificant decisions gets much easier. Good mornings lead to good days!

Start Small, Don’t Rush

One of the most important things to remember about starting a morning routine is to take it slow. Start off small, and don’t rush. As strange and counterproductive as it may sound, allow your body to adjust to wakefulness by doing some lounging. Once you’ve given yourself a few minutes to properly wake up, here’s what you can do next:
  • Open your curtains and allow some sunlight into your bedroom. Morning sunlight can help refresh and energize you to face the day ahead.
  • Listen to some cheerful and peppy music. The music helps to activate your brain.
  • Get your circulation going with some light stretches. Whether it’s been 4 hours, or 8, or even 12, your body has been motionless for a long time.

The Most Important Meal

Once you’re ready to get out of bed, don’t skip breakfast. You may have heard the old saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But in this case, it really is, and a cup of coffee doesn’t count. Drink plenty of water and choose a light snack – you don’t always need something filling to get you out the door.

Read and Relax

Many people enjoy reading before bedtime. While reading before you turn the lights out can be relaxing, don’t ignore the power of reading when you first wake up. Instead of fixating on everything you have to get done that day, lose yourself in a book instead. It can be an exciting novel, an informative self-help book, or a nonfiction book. While your body needs some time to wake up, so does your mind. Don’t forget to exercise your brain!

Try Some Exercises

Exercise your mind and body together. Remember those light stretches you did as you first woke up? Those were just a warmup. Working out can deliver serotonin and norepinephrine into your system. These are both endorphins that can elevate your mood for the next several hours after you’re done exercising. By exercising more often, you can increase your resiliency against stress. Stress, as we all know, can be the trigger that causes mental illness to get worse when we need to focus on feeling better.

Start Working with a Positive Attitude

Make a plan for your day, and try a positive attitude. Come up with some strategies for accomplishing that day’s goals, and then follow through.

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