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8 Tiny Things You Can Do in the Morning to Improve Your Day

Yes, you can be a morning person. (Really.)

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A rushed morning can lead to an unhealthy breakfast, or even worse–no breakfast at all (not even a quick breakfast sandwich). Running late can leave you feeling stressed out and sleepy before you even get to work. Let’s change that with these eight ways you can set your day up for success.

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Get Some Sleep

For starters, a peaceful morning will start with a good night’s sleep. It might seem obvious, but you’ll feel so much more energized if your day is prefaced with a solid eight hours of shut-eye. Try these foods if you have a hard time falling asleep. If you wake up naturally before your alarm, get up instead of trying to go back to sleep so you start your day feeling your best.

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Overnight Oats

The right breakfast can set you on the right path for your day, but it can be stressful if you’re running behind schedule and don’t have time to sit down and have something to eat. Enter overnight oats, the perfect filling way to start your day on the go, and they couldn’t be easier to prep in advance and top however you like, whether it’s with fruit, nuts or seeds.

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If you don’t have time for a full workout in the morning, get your body going and your blood pumping in some way, especially if most of your day is spent sitting at a desk. Even if that means stretching in bed, or just taking your dog on a quick walk, you’ll feel better to get a little movement in. If you’re short on energy, these foods will give you a boost.

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Pack Snacks and Lunch

Pack your snacks and lunch the night before so you aren’t rushing to throw together a lunch on top of making breakfast in the morning. Try some meal prep tricks during the week, have a few easy lunch recipes in your arsenal and a go-to granola bar recipe to make your week a lot smoother.

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Drink Water

Instead of going straight for coffee, chug a big glass of water to kick off your day to re-hydrate and replenish you from the night before. Even better? Have a hot mug of lemon water to kick-start your digestion and metabolism for the day.

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Chia Seed Pudding

On the same note as overnight oats, chia seed parfaits are another healthy and delicious way to start your morning off on the right note, especially if you’re in a rush and don’t have time to sit down and eat. It’s one healthy (and delicious) way to get your fiber and protein on-the-go.

Need some more breakfast inspiration? Here are 55 make-ahead breakfast recipes for a rushed morning.

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Lay Out Your Outfit

It might seem obvious, but this trick you probably did in high school and college still applies later in life! Picking out your outfit before bed will prevent standing in your closet thinking that you have nothing to wear, when in fact you do.

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Get Off Your Phone

Resist the urge to look at your phone first thing in the morning so you don’t get distracted. One minute you’re casually scrolling through your Instagram feed and the next you’re down an Intsta- rabbit hole and late for work.

Jacqueline Weiss
Jacqueline is a blogger and writer, passionate about sharing the latest in helpful tips and trends in food and cooking. In her spare time, you’ll find her trying new restaurants and experimenting in the kitchen.

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