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If you have a bad morning it can set the rest of your day up from failure so how can you make your mornings better to set yourself up to have a great day?

Our mornings set the tone for the rest of our day so making your mornings successful can help make the rest of your day better. NBC News spoke with productivity coach Ellen Goodwin and psychiatrist Dr. Namni Goel for their recommendations on making the most of your mornings.

Per Goodwin, “If you wake up energized, you’re going to carry that energy through the rest of the day…Energy equals willpower and you only have so much at a given time.” Similarly, Dr. Goel says “The morning is a critical time that can set the tone for the entire day.” They recommend the following tips and tricks to get your day started off right.

1. Plan Ahead

Before you go to sleep the night before, make a plan of what you will be doing the next day. Prepare your clothes. Put your bags by the door. Make your lunch. All these little things help get you out the door quicker and avoid stress.

2. Don’t Hit the Snooze Button

Avoid hitting the snooze button to get an extra few minutes of sleep. This sleep won’t help you because it is low-quality light sleep. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day to improve your energy levels.

3. Drink Water

People tend to get dehydrated overnight because they aren’t drinking water. Make sure to have a glass of water in the morning to replenish your body’s hydration.

4. Meditate

Having some quiet time in the morning will help you think more clearly throughout the day.

5. Exercise

Exercise releases endorphins that help your mood, reduce stress, and decrease pain. Getting some endorphins in the morning is a great way to start your day off right.

6. Get Some Sun

Sunlight helps your body wake up and stop producing your sleep hormones. It also helps improve your mood.

7. Make Coffee

Enjoy some coffee or tea in the morning to give you a small caffeine boost. This will help you feel more alert.

8. Eat Breakfast

Food is our fuel so make sure you are starting your day off with a healthy breakfast. This will fuel you up for the rest of the day.

9. Spend Time with Family and Friends

Talk or have breakfast with your family or friends in the morning. This will help increase your mood and energy levels for the day.

To read the original article from NBC News, click here.


  1. NBCUniversal News Group. (n.d.). How to start your day on the right foot, so it ends that way, too. Retrieved September 15, 2022