The Ultimate Stress-Relief Morning Routine

By August 25, 2020 Health & Wellness

Stress and anxiety are common experiences for most people. In fact, 70% of adults in the United States say they feel stress or anxiety daily. Right now, however, with the spread of coronavirus and the myriad of other things happening, anxiety levels are particularly high and life is especially stressful. Now is when self-care routines really matter, so we decided to put together the ultimate stress combating morning routine, to get you starting your day on the right foot. Choose to do just a few or all of the activities in your morning routine, and it will ensure a relaxed start to your day.

Journaling

Writing things down is a great way to handle the stresses of life. The tangibility of getting them out of the mind and onto the page can help us let them go. Journaling around your stresses is one approach, another is jotting down what you’re grateful for. Gratitude may help relieve stress and anxiety by focusing your thoughts on what’s positive in your life, and helping to identify all the resources you have available to cope with the stress you’re experiencing. Check out our blog on the powers of gratitude journaling here. Journaling does not need to take long –  between 5 and 15 minutes is enough. 

Meditation

Meditation is another well-researched stress-relieving practice that has been proven for decades,  to relieve stress in both the short and long term. Meditation can be kept really simple, it doesn’t need to be complicated, and even a few minutes of practice per day is enough. There are many excellent apps with guided meditations that take the guesswork out of the process and allow you simply to relax and enjoy. 

Mindfulness

If meditation still feels a little intimidating for you, then try mindfulness. Mindfulness is any practice that anchors you to the present moment. It can help combat the anxiety-inducing effects of stress and negative thinking. When you’re focused on the present moment, there’s no ability to think about anything that has happened in the past or might happen in the future and when practiced consistently it can have really positive effects on your stress levels. All you need to do to practice mindfulness is to take five minutes and only focus on one behavior with your full awareness. It could be eating, cooking, cleaning—anything you like. 

Guided Visualization

If neither meditation nor mindfulness sound appealing to you, try guided visualizations. They require little beyond laying or sitting in a comfortable position and listening to a voice take you on a beautiful journey. You can find many great ones on Youtube, like this.

Exercise

Putting physical stress on your body through exercise ironically relieves mental stress and exercise is one of the most well-known stress relief activities out there. The benefits are strongest when you exercise regularly. If stress is making you feel anxious throughout the day, even quick bursts of movement that increase your heart rate are great. Even a simple set of 20 star jumps can activate several neurotransmitters, including dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine that enhance your mood to help cushion some of that anxiety and stress.

Orgasm 

That’s right, orgasm releases dopamine and endorphins, both of which can lift you out of stress and help you manage it overall. One study checked cortisol levels in couples and found that those who had frequent sex had lower levels, suggesting that intimacy had a buffering effect on stress overall. 

Leisurely Walks

If all out exercise doesn’t sound appealing, then simply taking long walks as part of your morning routine allows you to get the benefits of movement in a relaxed manner. Walking is a simple but effective way to rejuvenate your mind and body.  Activities like walking that involve repetitive movements of large muscle groups can be particularly stress-relieving.

CBD

CBD may be one of the most useful supplements to have as part of your morning stress-relief routine. Specific studies on how CBD can treat anxiety has shown that there is positive change in the way our brain receptors respond to serotonin, a chemical linked to mental health. Reports have shown the following benefits; reduced stress, support in slowing increased heart rate, sleep support and insomnia relief, physiological improvement with PTSD symptoms. You can read more about CBD and stress relief here. 

Creativity

Creativity is also a proven way to reduce stress, but you don’t need to be good at art to reap the benefits. Drawing, painting, doodling, or even picking up an adult coloring book can help reduce your stress levels. Research consistently shows that coloring can have a meditative effect, proving to reduce anxiety –  mandalas in particular.

Yoga

The ancient practice of yoga has continued over centuries for good reason. The combination of controlled breathing, movement and meditation creates the holy trifecta of stress reduction in one practice. Research has found that yoga may even be as effective as antidepressants for treating anxiety and depression. A single yoga session will bring stress relief – prolonged practice will help you reduce overall stress. 

Breathing

An easy way to induce calming effects is slow breathing. Belly breathing, in particular, may improve mood, attention, and levels of cortisol. Diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, and paced respiration are also all great techniques to reduce stress. But simply focusing on your breath, or shifting the way you breathe can make a huge difference to your stress levels. This video explains how to practice diaphragmatic breathing. 

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As CEO and Co-Founder of BioCBD Plus™, James Sol Radina brings years of experience and accumulated expertise from the CBD industry. His interest originated in early 2014, when James embarked on a major filmmaking project to travel and study CBD around the world. Together with a team of filmmakers, he sought out to interview top doctors, scientists, and researchers about CBD, which, at the time, was relatively lesser known, but was starting a buzz in the market. After seeing first-hand the results that CBD had in the patients and experts they filmed, James was “all in!” and his business pursuits began. James started BioCBD Plus™ in 2015, with the goal to fill a niche void that existed in the CBD industry. With the knowledge he gained through his study of CBD, combined with new scientific research, he created the world’s first water-soluble, 100% BioAvailable CBD. The proprietary formula is whole-plant based and more easily absorbable by the body than other CBD products on the market, and the company’s product suite has continued to expand following its demonstrated success. The strength of James’ passion for CBD is matched by his dedication to volunteer service. He incorporated a strong socially responsible model to BioCBD Plus™, which supports The Veterans Discount Program and other programs through donations of CBD products to those who cannot afford them. Since the start of the company, James has also continued to be the inspirational energy behind the company’s beliefs and marketing strategy, which are driven by his commitment to spreading the science-based truth about CBD and bringing the healing benefits of the product to as many people as possible.

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