Morning Routine To Decrease Holiday Stress

As cheesy and cliché as it is there’s something to be said for starting your morning off on “the right side of the bed”. Especially considering the stress and weird but omnipresent sense of impending doom that the Holiday’s can bring (You’re saying you don’t feel the impending doom? Is that just a me thing? Oh dear…). Anyways, the Holidays can tend to throw our normal routines out of synch so here are some tips you can follow in the morning regardless of whether you’ve got all the time in the world or you’re running out the door one shoe on one shoe still in hand.

1: It’s a MINDSET

Listen, I get it, when you’re stressed out, or you’ve got lots of work to get done the very last thing you want is some homie coming up to you and telling you that you need to “Just chill out man, positive vibes only man”.

But uhm, I’m here to tell you to “Just chill out man”.

Regardless of whatever you’ve got coming your way mindset trumps everything. Waking up with the thought pattern in your head “today is going to suck” is guaranteeing that today, is indeed, going to suck.

Our minds are powerful enough to placebo effect a sugar pill into an effective drug in research settings (which is insane when you really think about it). Unfortunately, negative thought patterns can affect us all the same. So instead, I want you to be unbearably optimistic about how your day is going to go right out the start. Set an intention for how you want your day to go and roll with it and see if you don’t start feeling better.

2: Please Eat Something…

I don’t care if you have five minutes to get from your bed to your car successfully, you’re eating something.

No, you don’t have a choice here. Yes I’m being rather aggressive.

Not eating is a sure-fire way to feel sluggish in those first few hours after waking up. Get something in your system, get your blood sugar levels up to normal, and get that metabolism rolling for the day. Not saying this must be a huge meal, something as simple as a protein shake which takes 2 minutes, or even faster grab a granola bar and eat in the car on the way to work. Simple, and your body will thank you for it.

3. Prep the Night Before

Make life easy for morning you. Lay out whatever you may be wearing the next day, have work and gym bags packed and ready to go, any food you may need for the day prepped, everything you can possibly do to make your wake-up routine essentially get up and go.

You’ll be a lot less stressed waking up knowing you don’t have to rush through any extra tasks to make it out the door, and there’s no chance of anything going wrong if it’s already done.

Matt Molloy

Matt Molloy

I'm a graduate the University of Pittsburgh with a major in Exercise Science. I’m a local guy (North Penn) and athletics has dominated my life. I've led teams in basketball, baseball, soccer, golf and my passion, long distance running. I've been strength training for 6 years with a focus in power-lifting but have recently stretched to strongman since joining the pride here at the Den. When I’m not in the gym I enjoy, spending time with my friends, music, and relaxing and playing some video games.