May 11, 2022

Destressing With Morning Routines

Maura Eckard

Establishing routines, either a morning routine, a night routine, or both, can be really beneficial physically and mentally. Morning routines can help boost productivity, battle procrastination, lower stress, develop healthy habits, and help you take control over your life. Routines can help you have more control over your day, make sure you get everything important done, and can combat forgetfulness!  


  1. Your morning routine should be catered to your individual interests, needs, and wants. Some people feel their best with a full breakfast and coffee, others prefer to start the day off with water or vitamins. Additionally, some people prefer to shower in the morning and others prefer to shower at night. Your routine should consist of the things that benefit you the most and align with how you chose to arrange your days. Everyone's morning routine will look different-and that's okay!  


  1. Some helpful things to add to your morning routine may be reading, exercising, yoga, stretching, meditating, time away from electronics, walking, going out in nature, making breakfast, taking vitamins, drinking water, drinking coffee, talking with family, cleaning, showering, journaling, making to-do lists and more! 


  1. Once you have a list either written down or just thought of in your head, you can start implementing your morning routine. Try to wake up early enough that you have time to do everything in your routine before you have to go to school or work. Your routine doesn’t need to be hours long or super intricate and in-depth. It can be as simple as you wake up, stretch, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, then go to school.  


  1. As you get more comfortable with your routine, you can start slowly incorporating other healthy habits, such as exercise or journaling. These activities don't need to take up a lot of time but taking some time out of your day to focus and better yourself can improve mood, relaxation, productivity, and self-confidence!  


Good Luck With Your Morning Routine! 

Maura is currently a student at UCLA, double majoring in psychology and sociology. Maura is also a social work intern here at Thaddeus Resource Center. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her dog, go to the beach, and listen to music. She hopes to be a therapist in the future.