Find yourself stressing when you’re getting ready for work? You’re definitely not alone. Mornings can be a struggle for lots of reasons, like when you’re rushing to make your commute when you’re not yet fully awake or if you really don’t like your job. But on the flip side, taking the time to start your morning at a slower pace can help reduce anxiety, improve work performance and help you start the day feeling refreshed, rather than stressed.
So what can we do to improve our pre-work morning routine? Here’s what the experts advise:
- Prepare the night before - Jill Cotton, a career trends expert at Glassdoor recommends clearing your mind at the end of the day by writing down everything you need to achieve the next day and then you can “kick-start your day with a clear purpose.”
- Have a bedtime schedule - If you have a consistent bedtime and wake up time, the brain will condition itself to feel more awake at the time it expects to be “switched on,” according to sleep expert Phil Lawlor.
- Get a good night’s sleep - Having an ideal sleep environment, including a supportive mattress and a cool dark bedroom, will help you get the quality sleep you need to function at your best in the morning.
- Give yourself time - Rushing and running late only add to your anxiety, so make sure to allow plenty of time to get ready and get to work to make the morning more relaxing.
- Start the day with something you enjoy - Having something to look forward to when you get out of bed always helps. Whether that’s a morning walk, a chat with a friend, or having your favorite breakfast, make time for it and you’ll be in a great mood to face the day.
- Try a morning workout - Exercise lowers levels of the body’s stress hormones, so squeeze in a sweat sesh in the morning, if you can swing it.
- Start work with something easy - Checking off one of your easiest tasks first thing will “give you a sense of accomplishment and build that can-do attitude you need to be extra productive through your working day,” Lawlor explains.
Photo: Getty Images