10 Things To Do Before Work To Have The Most Kickass Day Ever

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Even if you’re not a bona fide morning person, you have to admit that the way you start your day has a substantial impact on the way the rest of it turns out. So if you have the opportunity, why not give it your best effort and see what happens? There are so many things you can do before starting your workday that will make you an infinitely happier, more energized and more focused person, but here are 10 of our favorites.

1. Wake up when your alarm goes off the first time.

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Productive people have no time or patience for the snooze button — there are too many things in their mornings that they want to enjoy before the “real work” starts. Try moving after the first wake-up call and see how much it impacts your natural energy level and mood.

2. Start with some stretches in bed.

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The best way to feel like a million dollars before you even climb out of bed in the morning is to get your blood flowing and muscles stretching. Reach your fingers and toes as far from the center of your body as you can, try a few simple spinal twists, and maybe even add a shallow backbend or two in there.

3. Down a mug of warm water with lemon.

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That’s right, follow the lead of all of your favorite health gurus and start squeezing those lemons. Starting your day with a little lemon water can boost your immune system, stabilize your digestive system and provide much-needed hydration after a solid night’s sleep. Plus, it smells amazing.

4. Tackle your workout of choice.

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Logging your sweat session in the A.M. is the way to go if you’re at all trying to lose weight or improve your current sleep routine. Not to mention, working out in the morning leaves no room for excuses when the evening rolls around and you’re either feeling exhausted after a full day at the office or a spontaneous happy hour plan is calling your name.

5. Meditate for at least five minutes.

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After getting your body moving, take just a few minutes to sit still in your home and quiet your mind. For many people, meditation is easiest and most effective after physical movement like the asanas in yoga. Starting your day from a point of clarity and peace jumpstarts the part of your brain responsible for focus, concentration and productivity.

6. Use energetic aromatherapy soaps in the shower.

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You may think we’re crazy, but yes, you do have time to enjoy some aromatherapy every morning thanks to the wonderful ritual that is showering. Opt for a body or face wash with invigorating scents like sweet orange or rosemary to feel truly awakened and energized by the time you’re ready to get dressed for the day.

7. Make a bangin’ (but easy) breakfast.

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We don’t care if you’re tired of hearing it: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Your body needs nutritious fuel to thrive, so feed it the good stuff that takes literally less than five minutes to put together like avocado toast, oatmeal or a Greek yogurt parfait with granola and berries. Cheers to happy blood sugar levels.

8. Prep a healthy lunch while you’re at it.

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If you’re already in the kitchen putting together a simple breakfast, why not do the same for your lunch? You’ll save a surprising amount of cash over time by not eating out daily, and you can spend your lunch break actually enjoying your meal rather than stressing about where to run and whether you’ll make it back to your desk in a respectable amount of time.

9. Tidy up your space.

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Taking a few moments before running out the door to make the bed or wash any stray dishes sitting in the sink probably doesn’t sound like a critical part of your morning. However, you’ll totally understand the benefits of leaving your home nice and clean when you walk in after a full day and can immediately relax in your space rather than see a list of chores line up in front of you.

10. Remind yourself of what you’re grateful for as you walk out the door.

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If you don’t already have a gratitude practice in your life, it’s time to make one. And placing it in your morning routine before a stressful commute and demanding workday try to get the best of you sets you up with a strong sense of perspective that can outlast any obstacle you may face.