10 ways to reduce anxiety

Anxiety can be at its worst in the morning, when the day begins and when it’s most crucial to feel confident and upbeat.

This post from Early to Rise suggests 10 ways to combat anxiety in the morning.

My favourite?

60 — 90 Minutes of Deep Work prior to email

“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” — Mark Twain

Once I have prioritized my top MIT for the day, I block off 90 minutes of time to focus exclusively on it. This is a common strategy known as the 90–90–1 rule.

Why is it so important to get the top MIT done first thing in the morning?

Well, according to psychologist Ron Friedman, the first three hours of your day are your most precious for maximized productivity. “Typically, we have a window of about three hours where we’re focused. We’re able to have some strong contributions regarding planning, regarding thinking, regarding speaking well,” Friedman told Harvard Business Review.

I understand we all have different schedules and responsibilities, but if we want to overcome anxiety and move our goals forward truly we must protect our mornings. If we don’t take control of our mornings, something else will.

Don’t check your email or social media until you have spent at least 30–90 minutes of uninterrupted time on your number 1 MIT. Use your mornings for output, not more meaningless input. As productivity expert Benjamin Hardysays, “protecting your mornings means you are unreachable during certain hours. Only in the case of serious emergency can you be summoned from your focus-cave.”

Not only will this help you complete your number 1 MIT, but it will also do wonders for your anxiety throughout the day.

Full post here.