Wether it’s a Monday or the end of the week, waking up is difficult for many. For those who dredge Mondays here’s a tip: Mondays are never going to stop coming around, so don’t post that Instagram post expressing your hate for Mondays. We understand Mondays put everyone in a bad mood, but its end does little to enliven the spirit. Instead, change your mindset by incorporating new morning routines that’ll clear your mind, relax your body, and prepare you for a productive day.  Here are 5 ways to start your day fresh.

1. Send a Good Morning Text (Do not check social media or email)

Let’s be honest, there is something special about a good morning text from a friend, family, or significant other. A text from an obsessive partner is a little worrisome, but in the end it’s better to have than to not have at all, right? Send a loved one a good morning text wishing them an amazing day or a simple morning wish. This act of compassion will bring a smile to your heart because you know their heart will be doing the same.

2. Stretch Find your health and happiness

While sleeping (tossing and turning) your muscles are confined to one position. So, jump-start your blood flow with a good stretch. Stretching improves your blood flow, respiratory system, and flexibility (your sex life will thank us later). Stretching offers a great opportunity to think about the day’s tasks you are going to carry out, plan and strategize for the big meeting or calm your nerves before that Tinder date at Green Grotto Juice Bar.

3. Listen to Stand-up Comedy

Move over Drake! Kevin Hart, Gabriel Iglesias or Dane Cook (or any comedian) are the keys to starting your day on a joyful note. Laughing releases the same endorphins as sex. Who doesn’t like morning sex? So, why not begin your day feeling relieved and relaxed? Comedic-relief doesn’t only cure heartache, but its medicine for the heart, body, and soul. Life throws stress our way, throw laughter back.

4. Make Breakfast

So many people say, “I don’t like breakfast,” or “I don’t wake up earlier enough for breakfast.” Suggestion: Learn to like breakfast or wake up earlier (You can always go back to sleep). Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is the most important meal of your day. Breakfast is — you get the point. A little bit of B-fast provides your body with the necessary fuel for the morning run or morning commute— No, coffee is not a balanced breakfast. Instead, try these meals:

  • Morning Pizza: No, not the leftovers from last night, although, some Saturday and Sundays call for it. Take a slice of crusty bread, spread it with 3 tablespoons of low-fat ricotta, and add tomatoes. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil (~ 1 teaspoon) and a little salt and pepper. Broiling is optional.
  • Peanut Butter Waffle: Toss the syrup, cut the sugar and boost the protein and fiber by spreading your waffle with peanut butter. Oh, you fancy, huh?—Then sprinkle on 1 tablespoon of raisins, sesame seeds, or extra peanuts for even more fiber, which helps deliver the meal’s nutrients slowly and steadily.

5. Make Your Bed

“Ugh, but I’m going to sleep in it tonight, so what’s the point!” Making your bed is the period to a sentence. It’s the end of a morning ritual signifying you’re organized, your mind is clear and you’re ready to step out into the world poised to dominate the day ahead.

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