How to Start Your Day Anxiety-Free

Woman getting dressed.
Plan what you will wear the night before to reduce worry and anxiety. Getty / Ariel Skelley

People who suffer with social anxiety can benefit from having organized routines in their lives. The following are some quick tips to help you stay on top of your daily tasks. As anxiety can use up valuable cognitive resources, it is important to have these routines in place so as to not add stress to your day.

Tips for Staying Organized

  1. Organization in the morning actually starts at bedtime the night before.
  1. Figure out what you’re going to wear the next day and make sure it is wrinkle free and presentable.
  2. If you have kids that will need to get ready for school in the morning, make sure that they have picked their clothes out as well. The last thing you will need in the morning while you are trying to get yourself ready is an over-dramatic teenager with “nothing to wear”. This will save a lot of time and confusion in the morning, especially if you or your kids have a hard time deciding which outfit to wear due to anxiety.
  3. It is also a good idea to spend a few minutes before you fall asleep thinking about the things that you will need to do the next morning. Make sure you know where all of the important small things are located; do a mental check for your car keys, shoes, briefcase, or whatever else you will need when you walk out the door. And then stop worrying!
  4. Once you are satisfied that you know where everything is located, check to make sure your alarm is set and drift off to sleep. Make sure you start your morning off early. Nothing causes morning chaos quite like being in a rush to get everyone out the door!
  1. When your alarm goes off, DO NOT hit the snooze button. Use that time that you would have spent half-asleep/half-awake to prepare for your day. Recall the task list you created for yourself before you went to sleep the night before and then get out of bed.
  2. If you have a spouse or children that will be getting ready for work or school, get up at least 15 minutes before they get up.
  1. Start out slow. If you’re a coffee drinker, grab that first cup of coffee at home and relax while you plan out the rest of your day.
  2. Now, it’s time to get yourself dressed. Even if you have kids that need help getting ready, make yourself the priority. Once you are completely ready, you will be able to devote all of your attention to helping your kids. Avoid the temptation to change outfits. You’ve made your decision, now stick with it! Changing now will only cause chaos that will echo throughout the rest of your day.
  3. Once everyone is ready to walk out the door, do one last check for keys, your purse/briefcase, phone, and whatever else you need. Check the kids to make sure they are presentable: are their shoes tied? Teeth brushed? Face washed? Backpacks? Get everyone into the car, and don’t forget those seat belts!
  4. Get to work early. Not only will you earn the respect of your supervisor, but you will have plenty of time to check your e-mail for surprises that would derail your otherwise well-planned day.
  1. Take a few minutes to relax before you dive into your work; you will feel less stressed and ready to tackle what comes.

In conclusion, the best way to ensure that your morning is organized is to give yourself plenty of time to get everything done. Remain relaxed. Not only does disorganization lead to stress, but stress also causes more disorganization. With a little bit of planning and the discipline to get up early in the morning, you will be able avoid the loop of stress and disorganization that too many people get caught up in every day.

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