I have found that a morning routine really helps me navigate my life and the challenges I have with depression and anxiety.
I find the existence of a relatively set routine makes getting out of bed easier. This is perhaps because it requires much less thought or motivation than if I were to throw caution to the wind and just do whatever felt good at the time.
I also find that a key practice that enables me to have a successful morning routine is to get ready for things the night before. This usually involves ironing clothes, or at least picking them out, and making a brief plan in my head of the key things I need to do the next day, and how I am going to achieve them.
I usually try to wake up around the same time. Having woken up, I usually lie in bed for about 15 to 20 minutes (naughty, I know) and then head downstairs to make a coffee and drink about a litre of water. I find the coffee gets my mind active and the water helps me to feel alert and full of energy. I then watch the morning news before showering and heading off on my way.
I’m sure this routine doesn’t seem particularly interesting or noteworthy, but it has proved very useful to me. I’d encourage everyone to develop some sort of morning routine, whatever that is. I’ve found it very helpful in getting my day off on the right foot and helping me stay well, positive, and altogether balanced.