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Morning Routine Helps

by Debbi

I used to have extreme anxiety in the mornings and it stayed with me until later in the day. I will share with you what helped me.

I started a routine in the morning. I did the exact same thing every morning and pretty soon, the anxiety started to fade, and now mornings are my most relaxing part of the day.

My routine, is that I wake up and I read right while I am still in bed. I have what I am going to read already picked out, but it is always something comforting. If you are religious, it could be the scriptures. Or if you are into poetry, it could be something from your favorite poet. Or if there is an author that you like, anyway.... I also play some soft instrumental music in the background.

Then I write down three things that I am grateful for. I try to make them different things. And then I truly feel the gratitude in my soul.

Then I have a yoga cd that I put in my tv and I do some relaxing yoga.

Then I shower, get dressed, have some breakfast. I also open up the curtains and let the sunshine in.

You could have any routine that works for you, but pick things that are calming/and or uplifting and do the exact same thing every day. At first I had anxiety while I was doing my routine, but it slowly transformed to a peaceful morning. It works for me. Anxiety is mostly in your thoughts. So when you can change your thoughts from worry, to something pleasant, it work wonders. That's why gratitude works.

Another thing that I was taught to do that works for me, is when I am having anxiety, I breathe deeply and say to myself, "I am safe, I am safe." And it helps me alot.

Good luck to you. I think as you get a routine going, you will find that you love retirement and you will love your new life.

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Being grateful helps
by: Sherry/ NC

Hi everyone, I am a grateful person for everything! This is what I do
to prevent anxiety. At dinner time everyday I think of something I am
grateful for for that day! I write it down and cut it out around the
paper it is on and fold it up tightly and put it in "my grateful jar."
Then whenever I need a boost I just take out a gratefulness and read it. This is a reminder to me that everything is fine.




Morning Routine
by: Anonymous

I have a morning routine and morning is my most favorite part of the day. I went and bought myself a good quality cappuchino machine and the coffee is so good, I can't wait to wake up and have a leisurely cup while I go through emails.

I email my sister every morning and also read hers. Then have a nice breakfast, read the newspaper, do a crossword, then take the dog for a walk.

I used to rush when I worked and not enjoy my morning as much. Now I can take as long as I want in the mornings and really enjoy it. Watch a little bit of news on TV as well, sit around in my housecoat. I love it.

Thanks Debbi!
by: Wendy, www.retirement-online.com

You are absolutely right!

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