As the end of the year nears and our plates (and diaries) feel fuller than ever, stress can start becoming a way of life. One simple tip for taking back control is to establish a calming morning routine. As the saying goes: win the morning, win the day. Checking your phone first thing, multitasking and rushing out the door are all likely to tip you into a ‘fight or flight’ state, activated by the sympathetic strand of your nervous system. The earlier we engage the ‘fight or flight’ response, the more likely the nervous system is to establish this as your default setting, meaning you will feel more anxious and sensitive to stressors throughout the day. Creating a morning routine that promotes ‘rest and digest’ is key to setting your day up for calm.