No matter who you are or where you're living, you're probably dealing with stress in some way. Maybe it's an uncertain job or a difficult home situation. There are plenty of stressful situations we encounter in our lives, but there are ways we can take control and make it easier to deal. Self-care rituals are one practice you can start to introduce structure and calm into your life.
Add some self-care elements to your morning ritual to help manage stress and anxiety in your life. Self-care rituals are little habits you can form that help you pay attention to your own needs and center yourself. Try some of these tips to help create a morning self-care ritual.
1. Make your favorite relaxing morning drink
For this easy morning ritual, make it a routine to make your favorite drink in the morning. Be it tea, coffee or even hot chocolate, get started with a soothing drink you enjoy. Try to allocate enough time so you're not rushing and you have time to sit and enjoy your drink. Feel the warmth of the drink in your hands and clear your mind.
2. Get dressed and ready for the day
While this self-care tip might not work for everyone, it can be useful to start your day out productively. Even if you're working from home, getting dressed for the day in clothes besides your pajamas can help you feel put-together. Care for your skin, hair and teeth as well. If you don't have a ton of energy, we recommend trying un-flavored, tinted ChapStick in cherry or strawberry for a beauty shortcut! Taking care of your physical appearance (even with no one around) can get you in the right mindset for productivity.
3. Meditate or journal
Carving out just a few minutes to meditate or journal can help you collect your thoughts and calm your mind. This can help you put old thoughts to rest and stay focused on the present. You can look up guided meditations or journaling prompts to get started on this morning ritual.
4. Get your body moving
Try exercising for a few minutes every day. This can be as simple as a quick walk around the block or looking up an exercise routine online. Although it might not be fun while you're doing it, exercising can help lift your mood and get rid of excess energy. It also helps keep your body healthy.
5. Schedule alone time
For this self-care ritual, schedule in some alone time sometime during your morning. Whether you're an introvert or not, it's helpful to have a few minutes to yourself. Take this time to clear your head, get in a walk, read a book or simply think about nothing. Let this time be for whatever you need. Just make sure to be mindful and purposeful about using this alone time to refresh yourself.
6. Practice gratitude
Write in a gratitude journal as part of your morning ritual. Simply think of several things you're grateful for every day. You can write them down in a journal for that purpose or meditate on a few things you're thankful for.