These days everyone is looking for treatments for stress. And it’s no wonder. We live in one of the most stressful times in the history of the world.

However, there are a few ways you can squash stress before it ruins your day-to-day life, and it all starts with your breathing and your morning routine.

What we do during the first two hours after waking has a dramatic effect on the quality of our days. Here are four ways you can use your morning routine to relax and unwind before you start your day.

Breathe Before You Get Out of Bed

We highly recommend getting in the habit of breathing deeply before you even get out of bed. Take 10 long deep inhales and full exhales. As you exhale, think “my bed feels so amazing,” instead of “I don’t want to get out of bed I’m so sleepy.” This sets the stage for a more positive morning.

Journal Your Dreams

Your dreams can be a powerful source of inspiration and self-development. Get in the habit of writing down what you remember from your previous nights’ dream. Even if you can’t remember the details, analyze the feelings you experienced. This helps you get to the root of what’s stressing you during your waking hours and helps you get to know yourself in a whole new way.

Drink Some Lemon Water

Preparing your body for your day is just as important as preparing your mind. First thing when you wake up, make yourself a cup of water that is either room temperature or warm. Add half a lemon to it and drink it slowly. This jumpstarts your metabolism and helps your digestive organs rid itself of toxins. When our bodies are taxed with digesting a buildup of food that causes physical stress, this simple morning habit can transform your day.
Breathing Meditation and Light Stretching

Even if you have to wake up thirty minutes to an hour earlier than you normally do, setting aside at least 5 to 10 minutes per day to breathe through a meditation.This will be one of the best treatments for stress. Clear your mind of any pressing issues and fall into the rhythm of this precious moment. Follow this with a bit of light stretching to get your body primed for the day ahead.

Even if you only implement one of these suggestions, you can experience a shift in your daily life. Stress doesn’t have to beat you down if you seek out treatments that work for you.

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