Has this ever happened to you?  Your alarm goes off and you reach over and hit the snooze button for 5 more minutes.  30 minutes later you wake up and realize, “Oh No!  I’ve overslept”!   You dash out of bed, jump in the shower, then throw on your clothes, except you can’t find the blouse you wanted to wear.  After several minutes searching you give up and grab the first blouse you can put your hands on even though you don’t like it much.  You skip breakfast and grab a cup of coffee on the way out the door.  You’re half-way to work when you realize you left that important report on the kitchen table so you turn around to go get it.  You finally arrive at work – dishelveled, stressed, grumpy, overwhelmed and 45 minutes late!  I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a few mornings like that.

Your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day, so you need to start your day right to not just to get by, but to conquer the rest of your day. Try adding these tips to your morning routine.

1. Plan your things the night before.
You have two choices: you can start your morning calm and pre-planned, or you can rush around, not sure what you put in your bag and what you did not. You have a ton of things in your hand including your breakfast, your hair is undone, your shoes are missing, and everything is chaos. To ensure a pleasant morning, plan a few things ahead of time. Before you go to bed in the evening, you can shower, pick out what you will wear the next day and set it out, set out the products that you are going use, pack your essentials, and make sure your shoes have their match and are waiting by the door. I also like to look at my schedule and plan out my top 3 “must do’s” for the next day.

2.  Wake up a little earlier.
If you find it hard to plan out your routine the night before, try waking up a few minutes earlier than the time you actually need to be up. You will reap a lot of benefits if you wake up just ten minutes earlier. You can have a calm and enjoyable morning instead of a rushed one. You will have the time to actually wake your brain up so you can inspect your essentials with an alert mind and avoid mistakes. Start by waking up 10 minutes earlier each day, gradually working toward 30 minutes by the end of the month.  I have found that this doesn’t work as well for me as I am not a morning person so I rely on Tip #1.  However, I know a lot of people that rely on getting up a little earlier.  What about you?  Which one have you tried and what works best for you?

3. Wake up immediately.
You snooze, you lose. Always wake up the instant you hear your alarm go off. That five minutes of extra sleep is doing nothing but harm and may be confusing your brain. What is the guarantee that you will wake up after five minutes and not an hour later?

3. Make your bed.
To make sure that you do not jump right back in, make your bed right after you get out of it. This will make you feel productive and motivated to start the rest of your morning right. You will feel like you have already checked one thing off your morning’s to do list.

4. Stretch and smile.
Wake up with a stretch and a smile. Stretching wakes up your body and smiling releases endorphins that will make you feel more positive throughout your morning and the rest of your day. If you don’t try to shake that groggy and grumpy feeling first thing in the morning, chances are that you will be more passive aggressive throughout the rest of the day.

5. Brush your teeth immediately.
Some people believe in brushing their teeth after they are completely done with their morning routine, but it is actually better to brush your teeth first thing when you get into the bathroom. It will wake you up by getting rid of your morning breath and increase alertness by activating your senses.

6. Let the natural light in.
Open up your blinds and push back your curtains. Let all that natural light in. It will make you feel happy and positive. You will be a lot slower in the morning if you skip this step. This little night to morning transition will go a long way toward powering you through your morning routine.

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Yours in health and wellness,