While I’m not exactly chipper and cheerful in the AM, I can agree that what you do first thing in the morning is super important. What you do that first hour or so of your day defines the mood of your day. Here’s how I think of it: imagine waking up on the first day of vacation… now try to figure out a way to incorporate that into your daily routine.

I have a few tips and tricks that help me wake up feeling fresh and ready to take on the day. Here are a few:

  • Let the email sit: I used to immediately check my inbox as soon as my alarm woke me, but that just lead to feeling rushed and stressed out when I saw work-related emails. Now, instead of scouring through my inbox, I give my cat a good cuddle before I hop out of bed.
  • Take the dog for a walk: I like to start my day with a stroll around the neighborhood with my dog, Noodle. There’s something about getting all that fresh air first thing in the morning that energizes.
  • Have a routine: I’m a creature of habit and I tend to run late.Having a simple morning routine prevents me from feeling rushed and sets me up for staying on track for the rest of the day.
  • Get a glass of water: Chilled water (I like mine infused with mint leaves) is a great way to start your day feeling refreshed and invigorated.

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What are some things you do to embrace the day and start out on a fresh foot?

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