Most of us have morning routines already, but are they healthy? Hitting the snooze button again and again for some extra sleep—which, let’s be honest, is not good sleep—and then racing around the house to get ready for work is not a healthy start to the day. Developing a healthy morning routine can help you relieve stress and become happier, healthier, and more productive.
Effects of Unhealthy Morning Routines
Your body naturally produces cortisol, particularly in the morning to give you a boost to wake up and tackle the day. If you stay in bed until the last possible second and then rush to get ready, you are increasing your cortisol levels through stress. Excess cortisol levels can result in:
- Rapid weight gain, particularly belly fat
- Thinning skin and bruising
- Redness of the face
Basically, that extra “sleep” you tried to get is negated by your hurry to get ready and leave the house.
Effects of a Healthy Morning Routine
Not only should you skip hitting that snooze button, but you should actually set your alarm even earlier. Give yourself a couple of hours to ease into the day and get ready. This slower pace may result in:
- Reduced anxiety
- Relieved stress and depression
- Stronger muscles and thought process
- Improved memory
- Better sleep
- Ability to adapt to change and the unexpected
There are always going to be forces beyond our control—heavy traffic, accidents, weather conditions, sick kids, wardrobe malfunctions, and more. However, allowing yourself extra time in the morning makes it easier to deal with inconveniences such as these in a non-stressful way. Whereas, racing against the clock combined with any of these mood-destroying emergencies isn’t good for anyone.
Emphasis On “Healthy”
Again, make sure you are choosing healthy activities during your extra quiet time in the morning. Use this quiet time to:
- Read the paper or a book while you enjoy a cup of coffee
- Watch a sunrise
- Enjoy a hobby like woodworking or scrapbooking
If you need more ideas on how to deal with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, PTSD, or any other mental health conditions, Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is here to help. Give us a call or contact us online to learn more about our treatment programs, and how Bakersfield Behavioral can make a difference through hope, healing, and recovery.