But when it recently happened, I found my morning routine to be an anchor. Furthermore, I meditated on being brave. I also took a hard look at my to do list: while you should get things done, you should not hate the majority of it. On days I feel down, I put activities that lift my mood on my to do list, recognizing that this in itself is a good goal.
Improving sleep hygiene – better quality sleep by darkening the bedroom, keeping the temperature cool and eliminating distractions from screens, such as those on cell phones, computers and tvs.
Preparing for the next morning at night – setting out clothes and items for work or school and putting together lunches in advance can make mornings easier if a person has a little motivation or energy when they wake up.
Getting enough rest – going to sleep and waking up at the same time.
Allowing for extra time in the morning – waking up earlier or adjusting a work schedule to start later, if possible, can relieve pressure and stress in the morning.
Using light cues – light can communicate to the body that it is morning and time to wake up. Opening the curtains right away or timing an overhead light to turn on at the same time every day can help the body to wake up.