At the beginning of therapy, I always talk with clients about the goals they have for therapy. One goal is usually to feel less depressed — or anxious. Did you know that the choices you make in the morning can make a big difference in how you feel all day?
They won’t change the deeper issues that have been creating so much unhappiness. That’s a process done over time through therapy. But they can help you create an increased sense of wellness and well-being pretty quickly.
How do you start your day? I’m always amazed at how many people consistently go off to work or school without taking time to eat breakfast. They begin their day without nourishment, and then wonder why they don’t have the energy needed to get their tasks done. I know that often time is short, or you might not feel hungry yet. You still need to eat, even if it’s only a small meal, or a protein drink.
Besides needing breakfast to provide energy for your day, and to keep you healthy, you also need food to get your blood sugar up to the right level. Fluctuating blood sugar levels can have a big impact on our emotions!
Something else that can make a big difference is to get moving in the morning. Choose any activity that you enjoy. I know it isn’t easy if you tend to be an inactive person by nature. That describes me pretty well, but I know that I always feel better if I get out for a brisk morning walk. Moving our bodies is not only good for us physically, but if we’re active enough, it releases our natural “feel good” chemicals (endorphins) too. This can lift our spirits for a surprisingly long period of time.
As an added bonus, if you do your activity outside, it also will expose you to the sights, sounds, and smells of nature. (The picture on this post is from a beautiful tree I saw yesterday on my walk.) If you can spend 30 minutes being active, that’s great, but any amount of time is better than none. What about starting with 5 minutes, and then gradually increasing to a longer period of activity, within your time limits.
I’m a big believer in small steps! Start with making small changes, and see if you don’t feel better. Life is so much about the choices we make, so let’s start giving those choices some careful thought. Pat yourself on the back for each positive choice you make! Each one matters!!
Until next time,