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Rise and Shine!

Start your day off right with these morning habits.

Hitting snooze, crawling out of bed, rushing around, and skipping breakfast. Sound like your typical morning? No wonder you struggle throughout the day. Your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you’re hurried and harried, you’ll likely feel stressed and bent out of shape all day long.

What if your mornings were peaceful, organized, and energized? You would feel more prepared, in control, and ready to face whatever life throws at you that day. You may not be a morning person, but there are ways to make your mornings more tolerable. As an added perk, you’ll be ready to attack the day, every day.

Sound good? Give these morning habits a try.

Create Consistency

Whether you like it or not, your body likes routine. You’ll find you sleep better and wake up feeling more energized when you go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. And yes, you should do this every day, weekends included. This will help get your circadian rhythm in order. Do that, and you’ll sleep better every night and feel better every day.

Skip Snooze

Banging the snooze button isn’t a gift. It’s a gut punch. Every time you do it, you risk falling into a deep sleep. As a result, it becomes even harder to get out of bed. On top of that, you start your day by telling yourself that sleep is more valuable than whatever you have to do that day. Aim for at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Once you do that, you won’t need an extra 10 minutes of shuteye in the morning.

Allow Enough Time

Tired of rushing around and always running late to get out the door? Minimize the chances of this happening by waking up earlier. Give yourself more than enough time to get ready. That way, your morning routine stops feeling like an emergency situation. Set your clothes out the night before. Pack your lunch before you go to bed. Place backpacks, shoes, and keys by the door.

Leave Phone Off

You may use your phone as an alarm, but once you’re in bed, don’t touch your phone until the morning. When you wake up, turn off your alarm and put your phone aside. Otherwise, you’ll start scrolling through social media, checking the news, and reading emails. Before you know it, you’re feeling anxious. And you’re still in bed. No wonder you’re running late!

Exercises or Stretch

Many people find mornings to be an ideal time to exercise. Before the day gets hectic, set aside time to stretch or work out. When exercise is a normal part of your morning routine, you’re less likely to skip your workout. Exercise helps wake you up, energizes you for the day ahead, and starts the day on a healthy foot. If you must, sleep in your workout clothes so you’re ready to hit the gym first thing. Need to stay close to home? Take the dog for a walk or pump out some bodyweight exercises in the living room.

Eat Breakfast

Every morning, plan to break the night's fast with a healthy breakfast. A nutritious breakfast helps kick your metabolism into action, provides energy, and improves your focus. Plan to eat a breakfast that includes protein and fiber to fuel your day. If you don’t feel hungry first thing in the morning, eat a small, wholesome snack instead.