A Morning Routine to Improve Anxiety & Depression
Let’s face it, we all could improve our morning routine! A morning routine helps one feel good when you start the day and create a great vibe for the day. The other option is to feel sluggish and tired, who wants that?
When you have anxiety or depression, a morning routine is crucial in getting your mind clear and setting the tone for your day. After incorporating a morning routine, I began to feel better in the morning and it gave me hope for a good day. In other words, it gave me an optimistic view of the day from the moment I woke up.
Here’s a look at my morning routine. Feel free to tweak it as much as possible to fit your needs. The goal is to create a morning routine you can stick to consistently. Remember to do the same activities in the same order each morning.
Prepare The Night Before
In the upcoming future, I’ll post my nightly routine so that you can get a better idea of how I get ready for the next day. In the meantime, real quick, I’ll share what I gather that I know I’ll need in the morning. A quick note, I always do my morning routine at my desk, so I ensure all my tools are there. My tools include:
- Clothing for the next day. (My clothes are obviously not laid out on my desk but are conveniently hung on my closet ironed, and ready to be put on!)
- Bible & Bible study tools
- Journal & journaling supplies
After I have gathered my morning materials, I look a my planner to see what time I need to set my alarm. I like to give myself 1 ½ hours for my morning routine. This may seem like a long time, but for me personally, I like to take my time. You may need less or more time. Again, make the routine work for you.
Wake Up Earlier
Honestly, this was the hardest part of incorporating a morning routine for me! I found that after a week or so, it became easier to wake up earlier. If you don’t wake up earlier, you’re stuck in the same spot you were.
Daily Prayer or Meditation
Before getting out of bed, I like to start my day with a smile and a prayer. A prayer for the day that is to come, for my family, friends, any concerns, etc. I finish my morning prayer with gratitude. I take a deep breath and get out of bed, ready to tackle the next portion of my morning routine.
Get Out of Bed & Brew Your Morning Drink!
I want to make a quick note here to avoid your phone during your morning routine. Scrolling through social media or reading emails or text can ruin the positive vibe that you are aiming for. While your morning drink is brewing, go ahead and get your morning space ready. Light a candle, put on some music, organize, and get in the right mindset.
While you’re getting all gussied up for the day and having your morning brew, I want you to do a little self-reflection. We’ll multi-task here. Looking in the mirror, I want you to look in the mirror and tell yourself (out loud):
- 1 think you like about the way you look
- 1 accomplishment you’re proud of from yesterday
- 1 thing you’re looking forward to today
- I am beautiful!
Do your hair, make-up, throw on some red lipstick (that always makes me feel better) and let’s move on!
Review Your Day!
It’s now time to look at what the day has in store for you. First review your daily calendar, then your to-do list. By looking at both, you can tell what kind of day you’re going to have. If it seems too much, see if a task or two can be moved to another day to lighten your load. Next, set your priorities for the day! This will help keep you accountable for doing the most important tasks for the day. Finally, set your top 3 goals for the day. Remember your goals can be anything from getting through the day to finishing a project.
My morning journal is just a short entry. I include the date, 3 things I’m grateful for, a daily affirmation, and a daily scripture. Below is an example of what my morning journal entry looks like.
Morning Bible Study
After I have completed my morning journal entry, I do my morning bible study.
When I’m all done, I have a clear mind with a positive outlook for the day that awaits ahead. I hope that you will find my morning routine helpful for you.
I’d love to hear what incorporate into your morning routine, leave a comment below and share with us!