Stress hits everyone. It comes at different times for different people, different magnitudes and everyone reacts differently. However, there are things that you can do to combat your stress, and little improvements you can do to help yourself wake up feeling better.
- Stretching for 10 Minutes as Soon as you Wake Up: Not only will this feel amazing, but there are so many benefits for your body! Stretching as soon as you step out of bed relieves the body of muscle tension and stiffness from slumber or the previous day. Light stretching warms up the mind and accelerates the release of mood-enhancing endorphins. It increases blood flow and assists the circulatory system with delivering nutrients to muscle tissue.
- Drinking Hot Water with Lemon: Lemons have an invigorating smell that will enhance your mood right off the bat! However, the vitamin C in lemon is a natural stress reducer that can minimize anxiety and depression. Lemon water is great for digestion and oral health, playing a role in waste elimination and restoring pH levels. Lemon is a natural bleaching agent which promotes whiter teeth and its anti-bacterial properties eliminate bad breath and can sooth toothaches. Lemon water is a great boost of energy for those of you trying to wean off coffee.
- Deep Breathing Exercises: Taking deep breaths is extremely important for when stress hits hard. When the body is overwhelmed your brain releases cortisol (stress hormone). Taking deep breaths will slow your heart rate and allow more oxygen to enter the blood stream, telling the brain to relax. Deep breathing also increases stamina and energy by putting more oxygen in the blood.
- Leave Enough Time to Eat a Healthy Breakfast: Remember your mother always saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” Well, she was right. A good breakfast fuels you for the day. The first meal you put into your body should be the best one, nutritional and balanced. People who eat breakfast have more energy, do better in school/work, and make healthier eating choices throughout the day compared to people who don’t! And who wouldn’t want that?!
- Think of 3 Things You are Thankful for: Starting your day off by thinking of three things you are thankful for is super helpful for people who are highly stressed. You instantly put positive thoughts in your head that will improve self-esteem, self-value and self- worth. I always remind myself that I am super thankful for my family, friends and my health!
These are just a few positive tips to help you start your day off a little brighter! Hope you enjoy!