Anxiety

Anxiety is a close cousin of stress and rumination, and often these three barriers go hand-in-hand. But, the positive to this is that we can use similar habits to tackle all of them. Firstly, try some deep breathing exercises. Focus on the breath, and breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. This will help distract you from anxious thoughts, while also helping to get your body into a calm state.
 
However, one of the best habits for tackling anxiety is exercise. If you feel up for heavy exercise then great, but here we’ll talk about light exercise to keep it simple. Light exercise can be as straightforward as going for a brisk walk. The release of endorphins will help to counteract the negative effects of anxiety, while being in the outdoors also helps too.
 
If you’re looking for something that you can do from within the house, then why not try tidying your room? Not only is this a form of light exercise, but a calm room will help lend itself to a calm mind too.
 

Procrastinating

Procrastinating, while distracting us from tackling our daily tasks, can also distract us from getting a good night’s sleep too. The feeling that we haven’t completed the tasks that we assigned ourselves that day often lead to stress or rumination.
 
To do this, there’s a number of habits that you can begin to adopt. If you aren’t already keeping a to-do list, then this is a must. Having your goals written down clearly in front of you increases the chance that you will tackle them. But try not to have more than five on your list for any one day. It may also be worth considering breaking down these goals as much as possible. Rather than “write an essay”, why not make it “write a title”, “write a sentence” and “write a paragraph”?
 
Each of these goals is a milestone in itself, and should be celebrated as such. It doesn’t matter if you only get a paragraph done on the first day; the aim here is to build up the habit of tackling things on your to-do list. As you get more comfortable, you can increase the size of these goals.
 
Tidying your room is a brilliant way to tackle procrastination. Having a calm and tidy room will result in a calm and tidy mind. And, not only that, but you’ll enjoy a sense of achievement after doing this, which will counteract the feeling of procrastination. It is important to remove things from the environment that you associate procrastinating with, such as a games console.
 
Finally, if you’re looking for something a little easier, why not try breathing exercises? Focusing on something smaller, and yet still specific, is a good way to get yourself into the mindset of calm and focus.
 

Rumination

Stress is simply an unfortunate, yet natural part of life, and is something that we are all going to have to go through at one point or another. Sleep is one of the first things to suffer when we are stressed, but there are a number of simple habits that can help you to master this barrier.
 
If you’re looking for a habit that can help you once you’re in bed, breathing exercises are one of the most common. Breathe in through your nose, and out through the mouth, and keep your attention focused on your breath at all times. If the mind begins to wander, simply bring this attention back to the breath.  
 
Now, if you’re looking for habits that can help you prepare before bed, here are some great suggestions. Tidying your room is one of the most popular, as it has a number of uses. It distracts your mind, which breaks the cycle of negative and stressful thinking. And, furthermore, a tidy room results in a tidy mind.
 
Brushing your teeth is a simpler habit to adopt, and we recommend that you try doing this around the same time each night. This will help get your brain into “sleep mode”, while also having the same effect of creating a tidy mind as the habit above.
 
Light exercise is another common suggestion. But we mean light! Don’t exert yourself too much, it’s just something that can help to get the endorphins going. You could go for a walk, or stretch. The latter has the added benefit of relaxing your body ready for sleep. If you’re looking for other ways to relax, then why not try taking a bath?
 
One final tip, which will be a hard habit for some to adopt, but is crucial in mastering stress, is to turn your screen lights off at least 30 minutes before bed. Screen lights keep your brain active, and tell it to stay awake. And, often our computers and phones are associated with work, which can be that they are also associated with stress.
 

Starting your day late

If starting your day late has become a bit of a problem, then there are a few simple habits that you can adopt in order to overcome this. The first, and perhaps most obvious, thing to do is to get out of bed. We associate our beds with places of rest and sleep, and so this isn’t exactly conducive to getting on with the day!
 
Next, think about having breakfast. Just as we associate beds with rest, we associate breakfast with getting started with the day ahead.
 
Still want something to help get yourself kick-started? Why not think about some light exercise? Physical activity, no matter how light, sends subconscious signals to the brain that tells it it’s time to get going!
 
A great example for this is brisk walking outdoors, as not only is it exercise, but being out in nature helps shift us into a positive mindset too. Or, if you don’t quite fancy venturing outdoors, some simple stretching exercises can be the perfect solution for getting the blood flowing around the body.
 

Stress

Stress is simply an unfortunate, yet natural part of life, and is something that we are all going to have to go through at one point or another. Sleep is one of the first things to suffer when we are stressed, but there are a number of simple habits that can help you to master this barrier.
 
If you’re looking for a habit that can help you once you’re in bed, breathing exercises are one of the most common. Breathe in through your nose, and out through the mouth, and keep your attention focused on your breath at all times. If the mind begins to wander, simply bring this attention back to the breath.  
 
Now, if you’re looking for habits that can help you prepare before bed, here are some great suggestions. Tidying your room is one of the most popular, as it has a number of uses. It distracts your mind, which breaks the cycle of negative and stressful thinking. And, furthermore, a tidy room results in a tidy mind.
 
Brushing your teeth is a simpler habit to adopt, and we recommend that you try doing this around the same time each night. This will help get your brain into “sleep mode”, while also having the same effect of creating a tidy mind as the habit above.
 
Light exercise is another common suggestion. But we mean light! Don’t exert yourself too much, it’s just something that can help to get the endorphins going. You could go for a walk, or stretch. The latter has the added benefit of relaxing your body ready for sleep. If you’re looking for other ways to relax, then why not try taking a bath?
 
One final tip, which will be a hard habit for some to adopt, but is crucial in mastering stress, is to turn your screen lights off at least 30 minutes before bed. Screen lights keep your brain active, and tell it to stay awake. And, often our computers and phones are associated with work, which can be that they are also associated with stress.