Articles and writing with Linda Connors
Anxiety and stress severely impacts your quality of life, relationships and work performance. From the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep your mind and body is coping with the demands of day to day life. There's the demands from your family or your boss. Work deadlines, projects commitments have your rushing around without a moment to eat let along breathe. Life challenges also find their way to add to your anxiety and stress levels.
It's natural to experience anxiety and stress as that is the way our mind and body are designed. But you do have a choice to how you respond to anxiety and what is happening around you.
Step 1 - do not check your phone in bed
Studies have shown the negative impact on emotional wellbeing and anxiety levels when you check your phone first thing in the morning. When you first wake up your mind and body needs a moment of stillness, peace and quiet to fully awaken and prepare for the day. But if you reach for the phone immediately it hijacks your mind you are jolted awake with a barrage of information from emails, social media and internet news.
The interaction with technology in the morning creates levels of disconnection, anxiety, stress and an unfocused and busy mind - and this is carried through out the day
Tip 1: Remove your phone, tablet or laptop from your bedroom and do not check emails, news sites or social media until after showering and breakfast.
Many studies, both in the UK and America, provide evidence of how
From the moment eyes open up you are greeted by alarms, a barrage of information from social media and internet news.
Many people live a busy and chaotic life and this increases the levels stress and anxiety.
In our modern day life we have forgotten the importance of peace, quiet and stillness. As our eyes gentle open to greet the day many people automatically reach for their phones, tablets or laptops to scan the news, twitter, Facebook status updates or check emails. This is even before the body has fully awaken, moved, had any water or breakfast.
The impact of the lack of stillness and quiet creates levels of disconnection, anxiety, stress and an unfocused and busy mind - and this is carried through out the day.
The mind, body and heart needs time and space to fully wake up and gentle emerge into the day. Being bombarded with news and social media as the sun rises sets the mind into a level of alert. It kind of jars the mind and body awake. This becomes so routine many individuals are not even aware they are living from place of alert and stress.
I use to do this. My phone was near my bed. As soon as my eyes opened I reached for it. I felt sleepy, disconnected and slightly stressed throughout the day. This was not how I wanted to live my life so I created change through these simple five morning habits that I can't wait to share with you. It has made so much difference to my life - and if you follow this or create your own morning routine and habits it will also make a difference in your life too.
May the day never burden; May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities and promises. John O'Donohue
Following these simple morning habit and routine provides me with a new zest and energy for life. I enter the space of the day feeling more balanced, calm and focused.
It's so important to wait until your mind, body and heart are all ready to emerge into the morning before you do your work, check emails, read the news or check facebook. They can all wait. You are more important than any of this at this sacred time of the morning.
You are invited to follow these 5 simple morning steps or create your own. It may feel a challenge at first especially if you are attached to your phone. Stick with it and you will notice the wonderful impact this will have on your day.
What are your thoughts - do you some habits you would love to share with us. Please comment and add them below - I would love to hear about them!
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