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How to Look Forward to the Day

Because mornings are hard.

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I know. Getting out of your ultra plush queen size bed when you’ve finally found the perfect position is tough, to put it lightly. You’re just trying to get a few zzz’s in before the alarm goes off, and your favorite pillow is way too comfortable.

Can you even imagine being excited to start your day? If you were to ask me that question even just a few months ago, I would laugh. Waking up groggy, grumpy, and desperately searching for coffee was the complete norm for me. I hated waking up that way. I wanted to feel refreshed, not stressed. These days, I wake up happy, and excited to get going just by setting a few ground rules for myself. Want to add a little pep in your step? Consider these tips:

1. Start the Night Before

If you know you’re going to want coffee first thing, set a timer on your coffee pot so that it automatically brews. Complete any dirty laundry and dishes before bed, and you won’t wake up dreading it tomorrow. Set out your clothes. This is the easiest way to destress your mornings. No more digging through your closet at the last second to find that perfect gym outfit. Which brings me to my next tip.

2. Exercise

What better way to wake up your body and mind? It doesn’t matter if its 5 minutes or 90 minutes. Get moving. If you have to wake up earlier to make time, do it! You will feel more fit, alert, and confident every time.

3. Meditate

No, you don’t have to know every little thing about meditation to accomplish this one. Just lie in bed and focus on your breath for a while. Think of all the things you’re thankful for. Count your blessings. Focusing on the little things in life can set you up for a more peaceful day.

4. Sleep Earlier

If you’re anything like I was, you don’t get your full 8 hours. This is so crucial. How can we expect to get everything on our to-do lists done when our eyes are heavy, and we’re yawning every 10 minutes. I know you may feel like you’re going to miss out on something important. Trust me, you’re not. If it’s that important, you’ll see it on your news feed tomorrow morning.

5. Keep it Up

People thrive on schedules. If waking up happy is a top priority, these simple steps are a must for every day life. Try it for a few months, and see how you feel!

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