Mental illnesses can quite frequently turn one’s life upside down. Tasks that were previously easy can now seem difficult to complete and many times, those suffering from mental illnesses can feel inept and fall into despair.
Fortunately, there is something that everyone can do to improve their mental health and that is establishing a healthy morning routine. A routine can help to reduce stress and allows you to better cope with change.
Here’s how a healthy morning routine can benefit your mental health:
Routine Mental Health Benefits
According to a recent study, “circadian disruption” or an irregular sleep-wake cycle, was shown to be associated with various adverse mental health outcomes. The same study also noted that circadian disruption may also be linked to “increased susceptibility to mood disorders.”
This means that going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day can not only bring you mental health benefits, but also may prevent the development of mental illnesses such as depression and bipolar disorder.
However, there is more involved in a healthy morning routine than your sleep cycle.
Examples of a Healthy Morning Routine
The way that you start your morning can have an immense impact on your day. You can help set up a great day for yourself by establishing a positive, relaxed morning routine.
It’s important to note, however, that the same routine won’t work for everyone. Your morning routine needs to be personal and filled with activities that work for you.
Here are some examples of what a healthy morning routine can entail:
- Eating a healthy breakfast
- Reading a morning newspaper
- Taking care of personal hygiene (showering, brushing teeth, etc.)
Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital
Our experienced staff at Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is committed to not only educating the public about mental health issues, but also to helping patients find psychiatric stabilization. We offer a variety of programs to help those suffering from mental health and/or addiction to find peace and develop skills to better cope with their afflictions.