Here’s my morning tips to set yourself up for a productive, stress-free day:
1. Preparation is key
It all starts with preparation the night before. It might sound obvious, but how you end things the day before is going to be a pretty good indication of how the next day is going to start.
If there are things playing on your mind when you go to bed, odds are you’ll still be worrying about them when you wake up. Journaling is a fantastic tool for de-stressing at the end of the day that is cheap and easy to do. Write down all the things that are bothering you before you go to bed and try to come up with a plan to tackle those problems the next day.
A study done in the Journal of Experimental Psychology suggests that just five minutes of writing out your to-do list for tomorrow helped people fall asleep on an average of nine minutes faster compared to those that didn’t. More importantly, they also reported having lower levels of anxiety when they woke up.