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The Transformative Benefits of a Tailored Morning Routine


Benefits of a morning routine

Wake Up Gently

Begin with a gentle alarm—consider a sunrise alarm clock that gradually brightens the room or a soothing alarm tone. Allow yourself a few moments to stretch and breathe deeply, waking your body up gently. This enhances mood and reduces morning grogginess by aligning with your body's natural rhythms.


Hydration and Nutrition

Start with a glass of water to hydrate after a night's sleep. Prepare a nutritious breakfast that includes protein, healthy fats, and whole grains to help stabilize mood and energy levels. You may find it works well for you to do some of the preparation the night before. This will boost brain function, stabilizes mood, and energizes your body for the day.


Mindful Moment

Dedicate 5-10 minutes to mindfulness or meditation. Using an app for guided meditations can be particularly helpful for individuals with ADHD, anxiety, and depression. This practice can help center your thoughts and reduce anxiety. Lower stress levels, improve focus, and cultivate a sense of inner peace.


Set Intentions for the Day

Take a few minutes to set intentions or goals for the day. Keep them achievable and specific. For those with ADHD, breaking down tasks into smaller, manageable steps can be very helpful. Clarifies your daily goals, increasing motivation, and helps prioritize tasks effectively. 





Movement

Incorporate a short period of physical activity. This could be stretching, yoga, a brief walk, or any form of exercise that you enjoy. Exercise can improve mood, reduce anxiety, and help with focus. Movement releases endorphins, improves mental clarity, and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression.


Preparation Time

Allow ample time for morning hygiene and getting ready. Consider laying out your outfit the night before and keeping your morning grooming routine simple and streamlined to reduce decision fatigue. Allowing enough time reduces morning stress by streamlining the process of getting ready, fostering a sense of preparedness. 


Create a Launchpad

Designate a spot in your home where you keep your essentials—keys, wallet, phone, and anything else you need for the day. This reduces the stress of searching for items when it’s time to leave. Creating a launchpad minimizes forgetfulness and anxiety by ensuring all essential items are organized and accessible.


Review the Day's Schedule

Take a moment to review your schedule for the day. Adjust your plan as needed, allowing flexibility for how you're feeling mentally and physically.  This helps manage expectations and reduce anxiety by providing a clear plan for your day ahead. Refer to as needed throughout your day. 


Connect with a Loved One

If possible, have a brief conversation with someone you care about. This could be a family member, a friend, or even a pet. Connection can provide emotional support and increase feelings of well-being and support.


Begin with a Preferred Task

Start your work or daily activities with a task you enjoy. This can create positive momentum for the day. This encourages a positive start to the workday by leveraging initial success to build momentum.


Final Thoughts

It’s important to remember that not every day will be perfect, and that’s okay. Flexibility and self-compassion are key components of any routine, especially for those managing ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Adapt this routine to fit your unique needs and preferences, and be kind to yourself through the process.


Remember, mornings can set the tone for the day, but they don’t define it. Focus on the morning routine benefits for overall health and success.


Give yourself grace and space to grow into these practices.


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