I’m not a real morning person, or at least, I never really used to be. But I’ve gotten a lot better thanks to a few helpful tips, so I thought I’d share them with you!

1. Have a glass of water

Shot of a woman drinking a glass of water at home

A glass of cold water with a squeeze of lemon is a refreshing way to wake up, and helps quench the thirst you’ve developed over night.

2. Get the right first impression

Since getting married my husband and I have kept our phones out of the bedroom at night. It makes a huge difference. The emails, texts, or news alerts you see on your phone first thing are what set the tone for the rest of the morning. Resist the urge to roll over and look at your phone; instead choose with intention what you want your morning to feel and look at. Some people journal, some pray, some meditate – just make sure it’s the way you want to start the day.

3. Eat, slowly

It’s easy, especially when you know what the rest of your day holds, to grab breakfast on the way out, or skip it altogether. Give yourself time. If it’s possible to sit down for 10 minutes without any distraction, do so. If you have kids and this isn’t a real possibility, maybe drop the kids off earlier and give yourself 10 minutes alone in the car after drop off.

4. Stretch or exercise

When it comes to working out, I’m definitely a morning workout person. If I leave it too late, it won’t happen. Now I realise not everyone is like me, but experts recommend at the least a good 2-minute stretch. Fully extend your arms and legs, stretch your arms in front and behind you and open up your chest.

5. Get some fresh air

Open a window, go for a jog, walk the dog. Just get some fresh air in your lungs. Several studies have shown that the outdoors makes us healthier through increasing vitamin D intake, increasing brain function, reducing stress, and boosting our happiness; who wouldn’t want to start the morning this way?

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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