1. Don't Hit the Snooze
It can be so tempting to smack the snooze button a couple of times so that you can get in those few extra minutes of sleep. However, you don't really get back into a deep sleep so it's pretty pointless. Get up as soon as the alarm goes off and you'll love the extra time you have to get ready for the day. This is the single best morning habit to change your life!
2. Have a Drink of Water
If you've been sleeping for the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep, it's been awhile since you had something to drink. Quench your body's thirst by downing a glass of water as soon as you get out of bed. You'll be surprised at how awake you feel afterward.
3. Get Moving
You don't have to do a full on workout if you prefer to exercise later in the day. But, adding a few stretches to your morning can help wake your body and mind and ease the stress of being out of bed so early.
4. Turn on Some Music
Music is a great way to start your day! Upbeat music can get you moving on early mornings and put you in a good mood before you even leave the house. Slower music can help ease the stress of the day ahead. Choose music you love for the best benefits.
5. Stay Away from Your Phone
It can be so tempting to catch up on social media and check your email as soon as you roll out of bed. But doing that starts the day with stress so make a point of waiting until later in the day to see what's happening with friends and co-workers. Start your day on your own terms and the rest of the day will be much smoother.
6. Have Breakfast
Like mom always said, "breakfast is the most important meal of the day." Having a morning meal boosts your daily nutrient intake and keeps you from reaching for unhealthy snacks and drinks before lunchtime arrives. A hard boiled egg with an apple and a slice of toast or yogurt with sliced berries and granola are great choices.
7. Sit down and Read
Reading is a quiet way to start your day and can give you that feeling of having some time to yourself before you have to see to the needs of your family and co-workers. Even if you only have 10 minutes, a quick reading break in the morning will get the day started just right. How do you start the day?