Starting off your day with Stress Management Activities can make the rest of your day far, far less stressful. As women professionals our demanding daily routines often leave us feeling hurried, harried, or just downright frazzled! I usually kick off my day with these easy activities:
Make a To-Do List the Night Before
Before I go to bed, sit down, pull out a piece of paper, and start making a list of what I absolutely need to
get done tomorrow, what I’d like to get done tomorrow, and even what I do not need to do tomorrow.
Why do this the night before? Because making a to-do list on paper helps you think about the next day and organize your thoughts, instead of worrying about them as you are trying to fall asleep.
You’ll sleep better—which means that you’ll have more energy for the activities you need to do tomorrow. You’ll get more done, feel less stressed, and be much, much happier. This task only takes a few minutes, so make it a part of your nightly routine.
Get at Least Eight Hours of Sleep
If you are only sleeping six hours a night, you are not getting enough sleep. When you are tired, your body is immediately more stressed. This makes getting enough sleep one of the most important Stress Management activities on my list. Don’t skimp on sleep. Do whatever you need to do to make more time in your life for sleep. Swear off caffeine after two in the afternoon ( I drink Chamomile tea instead), banish electronic devices from the bedroom. As often as you can, get at least eight hours of sleep.
Drink a Large Glass of Water When You Wake Up
You will be dehydrated when you wake up, for the same reason that you are hungry when you wake up. If you’ve gotten your eight hours of sleep, you will not have had anything to drink for eight hours. This stresses out your system and fogs your mind. Drinking a large glass of water when you wake up starts the hydration process. It also boosts your metabolism, energizing and stimulating you.
Whether you put a water bottle next to your bed or simply make it part of your to-do list (connecting your stress Management Activities so they bolster one another is always a good idea), make sure you are getting enough water, starting with a large glass, every single morning.
Take a Walk
Starting your day off with exercise means that you will be more energized throughout the day. Just like drinking a large glass of water, exercise revs up your metabolism. Not only will you find it easier to maintain your weight or even lose weight, you’ll simply find that you are less tired throughout the day.
A boosted metabolism burns the calories you intake more efficiently, so you utilize them better, for more energy. Exercise has long been one of the best stress management activities, and kicking off your morning with it means a less stressful day!
Walking is also a great time to leave the devices at home and just be alone with your thoughts. It’s a great opportunity to process emotions, make decisions, think about what you need to get done that day, and to reconnect with yourself. If you do not like to walk alone, consider asking a friend to walk with you. If you have a dog, a morning walk will help them burn off their energy and will make them less anxious and excitable throughout the day. Walking, especially in the morning, when you can get a good dose of morning sun and the vitamin D that it produces, should be a part of your daily routine. Don’t think of it as just another thing you have to do—think of it as an opportunity to really get in touch with yourself again.
Have a Good Breakfast
Too many women professionals make the mistake of skipping breakfast, thinking that it will help them lose weight or thinking that they just do not have time to eat it. I was guilty of that for years and I ended up paying a hefty price with my health!
If you skip breakfast, you will be counteracting all of the other great stress management activities you have already done. Start by putting breakfast on your to-do list. Think about what you want to make the night before so you will make sure to plan time for yourself to make that meal. Take the time to eat it before you get up and start doing the rest of the things you need to do that day. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, so make it a priority, or you’ll find yourself stressed-out and tired.
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