*First off: This post is meant to help you, not to be a replacement for therapy.*
I used to hate getting out of bed in the morning.
I dreaded seeing the sunshine in through the window and hearing the birds chirping. It was a reminder that I had to go through another hard day again, with the weight of the world on my shoulders. I laid in bed frustrated, afraid and feeling hopeless most days because I didn’t feel like life could change.
It wasn’t until I changed my entire routine (and my life) that my view and attitude towards morning began to shift. There was a pivot in the way that I approached my day. Instead of expecting my day to be a disaster and anticipating the worst, I became proactive in switching my attitude.
Even though some days are harder than others, I decided that no matter what happens, I’m going to do my best to maintain an encouraged, faith filled attitude. Because of the change in my thinking, mornings are now my favorite time of day. I look at them as a fresh start, a new slate that God has given to “try again”. After all, He was so loving and kind to wake me up there must be a purpose behind why He did.
If you are struggling throughout your day, here’s some ways to start your mornings to fight those negative feels…
Pray/Talk to God
Starting up a conversation with Jesus in the morning can give you mental clarity and renew your spirit. When you first wake up, try talking with Jesus before you talk with anyone else (It can really help you communicating with your kids).
He wants us to come to Him and share whatever is on our hearts and minds (no matter how messed up we feel). You can tell Him about your plans for the day, struggles you’re having and when you’re done talking, wait to hear Him speak to you. That conversation may just give you the peace you need to get you through your day. (Get this Daily Prayer Guide to revamp or deepen your prayer life)
Read the Word
Learning how to combat negative thoughts was a key part in beginning my bad in a good mood. Most days I would let negative thoughts linger and run through my mind without ever confronting them. After deciding to take control of my mornings, I used God’s Word as protection against thoughts that weren’t true.
Whenever I had a thought that things wouldn’t get better, or thoughts that of fear that I wasn’t going to have a good day, I would repeat out loud verses to silence them. I would say verses like, “All things work together for the good of those that love the Lord.” It helped eradicate my fears and give me confidence. Reading scripture in the mornings could give you the mental strength and confidence you need to get through your day.
Stretch, Exercise, or Yoga
Moving my body in the mornings helps me to wake up. I take a few moments to do some deep breathing exercises to relax and calm my body. Right now, I use my mornings to do stretching and yoga and do more strenuous exercise in the evenings. Since everyone is different you may find exercising in the morning works better for you. Listen to your body to see what you like the most.
Stretching and yoga makes my body feel good. I also use those moments during that time to continue to talk to God and give thanks to Him. Yoga and deep breathing has been proven to lower stress and anxiety. Combined, they can give you the relaxation you need at the beginning of your day. (The Get Real with Depression Plan has entire exercise guide that gives info on the best ways to exercise to boost your mental health)
Write, Journal, Plan
When you first wake up, is your mind filled with thoughts about everything? Before you begin to entertain them, get a pen and notebook to write them out. You’ll be able to look at what’s going on in your head and distinguish what’s true and what’s not. You’ll also begin to see what you need to focus on the most.
As women, we often have a lot going on in our lives. We sometimes need a minute to write out or plan out our day. Taking a moment to jot down your thoughts and plan your day can be a great outlet get your morning started right.
Eat a Good Breakfast
Food gives us nutrients our body needs to function well. Eating a good breakfast is an essential part of getting the energy we need to get through the day. A morning meal filled with fruits, veggies, and protein is the best breakfast to have most days. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a breakfast with pancakes, waffles and biscuits! It’s about balance! Do what’s best for YOUR body.
If you are looking to create a nutrient-dense breakfast, try adding a smoothie or green juice to your meal. If you’re into tea, green tea is full of brain boosting compounds that could help jump start your morning. (And if don’t know where to start, get a Grocery Store Guide to show you how to shop better for you and your family.)
Bonus: Listen to Your Favorite Christian Song
Just like reading scripture, singing your favorite song out loud or just hearing can soothe your mind and spirit. Taking time to listen to the words and the music put you at ease before starting your day. Music can be a stress reliever and even protect your mind from negative thoughts that can creep up.
If you’re looking to really boost your day, find a song that can encourage you and give you the joy you need to begin your day. (Check out this Depression Fighting Spotify Playlist and my favorite 15 Songs to fight depressive thoughts.)
Important Note: I am not a certified and trained professional. All wellness coaching plans and all information and services provided by and/or facilitated by me are not a substitute for counseling and/or therapy from a trained and certified mental health professional, consultation from a trained and certified medical doctor, and/or consultation from a trained and certified nutritionist/dietitian. None of the wellness coaching plans and any information provided have been evaluated by the FDA and are used to diagnose or treat any illness. I urge you to seek professional help from a certified and trained professional if you are in an immediate crisis or suicidal. And if you are currently being seen by a trained and certified mental health professional, make sure to share all information about any courses you are taking, and coaching services provided by me or any other business/coach.If you or someone you know is in an immediate crisis, get help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or visit The International Association for Suicide Prevention (www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/) to be connected to a trained counselor at a crisis center nearby.
Hi I’m Jasmine!
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I’m a SAHM, veteran army wife, women’s integrative wellness coach, writer and veggie lover. Most days you can find me spending time with family, homeschooling, cooking, walking in nature or browsing through the grocery store. My passion is to help women (like you) heal mentally, spiritually and physically from depression. That’s why I created this amazing mental health journal to guide you to recovery.
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