Mornings suck. They're awful and I hate them more than anything else. But that's also because I wake up three snoozes later and have to rush through my routine to get myself out the door in time. I noticed that mornings when I did take my time helped me have a better day after. Though we can't totally avoid the a.m., there are ways to make it less painful and more fulfilling.
- Wake up 30 minutes earlier. As hard as it is to get up the first time your alarm goes off, it'll make such a difference. You'll be able to ease into your day slowly instead of scrambling to get ready.
- Drink water as soon as you get up. Instead of drinking your coffee first, rehydrate your body after a night's sleep with water. You'll also feel more alert and energized.
- Stretch. Just a quick stretch when you get out of bed will get your blood flowing and help wake you up. Bonus points if you turn it into a yoga sequence.
- Work out if you can. Breaking a sweat in the morning has numerous benefits including a better mood and more energy. Plus, you won't have to debate working out or not when you get home from work.
- Play music. Get a soothing playlist going or a mix of your favorite upbeat songs — whatever will make you feel good that early.
- Have breakfast. Starting your day off with a full stomach will provide you with the energy you need to keep going. Keep it light and healthy instead of heavy to stay fueled but not sluggish.
- Call or text a friend or family member "good morning." Send good vibes to loved ones before the day even starts and chances are they'll appreciate a morning hello. It'll help you start on a positive note.
- Read something. This can be just a couple pages from a book you're reading or an online scan of current events. Activate your brain right off the bat instead of having to jump-start your mind in the office.
- Think about your day ahead. You'll be most productive if you prep yourself on your to-dos before tackling them. You'll feel less overwhelmed and be able to start right away.