HEALTH – Because I suffer fromanxiety since childhood, I have found that I am more anxious in the morning when I wake up. When I open my eyes, all my worries and the potential factors stress of the day flood my thoughts. The lump in my stomach makes me want to stay in bed as long as possible so that I don’t have to face the day ahead.

Of course, this avoidance only exacerbates how I feel. Doing the exact opposite really relieves me: get up early to have time for all my little morning habits. Lately, they consist in making me a coffee, going for a walk my dog, following a short video of physical exercise, write down a list of the things I have to do for the day, and, when I have time, meditate and write my journal.

“Morning habits are important and set the tone for the rest of our day,” says Lee chambers, environmental psychologist and wellness consultant in Great Britain. A morning spent worrying is an afternoon of assured anxiety. ” Conversely, getting up with a certain resolve creates a climate of serenity and confidence for yourself that makes the rest of the day much less overwhelming.

So how do you create these morning rituals that calm the mind and how do you stick to it? Below, experts offer helpful advice.

How to adopt strong morning habits

Be realistic about how much time and energy you can devote to your morning habits. (Photo: NICKYLLOYD VIA GETTY IMAGES)
Be realistic about how much time and energy you can devote to your morning habits. (Photo: NICKYLLOYD VIA GETTY IMAGES)

Evaluate how much time you can actually spend.

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This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.