4 habits that can make your mornings less stressful

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Your morning schedule can have a significant impact on your overall mental health.

Here are some ways to ensure your morning routine is helping and not hurting:

1. Prepare the night before

One of the most helpful ways to prevent stress in the morning is to plan the night before. Experts suggest that tasks like laying out clothes and packing lunch the night before can be beneficial.

2. Getting enough sleep

Not getting enough sleep will make it harder to do other self-care activities.

Roxanne Prichard, Professor University of ST. Thomas says, "Inadequate sleep pushes the sympathetic nervous system into overdrive, meaning that your heart will beat faster and you will interpret things as more stressful and overwhelming than they are".

Neuroscientists agree that adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.

3. Avoid your phone

Though it seems natural to immediately check your phone as you wake up, this sets us up for failure.

4. Don't skip breakfast

You may have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is mainly true; make sure you avoid high-calorie processed foods for breakfast. 

"Processed and packed food labels make it seem like they contain many nutrients, but when compared with natural, real foods, they are seriously lacking", said Kate Martino, Physicians assistant.

*Additional information compiled by Tauhira Dean, Health24

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