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You can't control waking up on the wrong side of the bed – but you CAN control what you do after you get out of it. 

There are so many factors that can make your mornings less-than-ideal, like hitting a traffic jam or forgetting your umbrella when there's a downpour (I bet we all know that horrible feeling), but other little morning habits could make you start your day on the wrong foot.

Set yourself up for the best day possible by avoiding these morning behaviours:

Drinking coffee too early

Is there really ever a bad time for coffee? Well, yes, it turns out there is. Your energy levels rise naturally when you first wake up in the morning, so drinking coffee then causes an extra energy surge that can leave you jittery. 

Instead, you'll reap in more benefits if you drink coffee at least an hour after you've gotten out of bed. That's when your energy levels begin to plummet, so coffee will keep you in check for the afternoon. 


Your breakfast is too small

Grabbing a handful of berries and Greek yoghurt before you leave the house in the morning might sound like the perfect healthy breakfast, but something that small will set you up to binge in the afternoon or evening. 

Not only is it just not enough food, but it's lacking in nutrients that are key to feeling full. Adding some fibre and protein into your first meal of the day will set you up for whatever the day has in store.  


Checking your e-mails first thing

This one is a nasty habit that most of us are probably guilty of. Checking your inbox or social media the moment you open your eyes in the morning can set you up for stress all day. 

Instead of worrying about what the world is going to throw at you first thing, focus on starting the morning with something calming, like exercise, sipping on tea or talking to your friend. This will actually help your body's productivity level and get your creative juices flowing. 


Getting out of bed is never easy. Never.

Even the days that you don’t feel too groggy and tired, there is still nothing pleasant about having to emerge from the warm comfort of the duvet.

But alas, rise we must.

Here are six easy tips to help you take the plunge and dive out of bed first thing in the mornings.

Drink water before you go to sleep

Filling your body with fluids is a great way to get you out of bed in the mornings because (as much as we try to resist) you will inevitably lose the battle and have to go to the bathroom. Then it is just important to actually stay up and not scurry back under the covers. However, if you wake up in the middle of the night to go it won’t be very helpful in the morning so try keeping a glass of water beside your bed and drink this during the night.

Keep the curtains a little bit open

This is almost a cruel trick to play on yourself but allowing a little sunlight in in the mornings will make it a whole lot easier to peel yourself out of bed. Aside from waking up with the light, the sun is the best source of vitamin D which provides you with energy. So letting the rays at you before getting out of bed will give you the extra little kick you need. 

Eat before going to sleep

If you usually eat dinner hours before going to bed, it is inevitable that you will be really hungry by the time the morning comes. This hunger will add to your tiredness and make it that much more difficult to get out of bed in the mornings. Trying eating a small low-carbohydrate food such as cottage cheese, nuts or yoghurt.

Jazz up your alarm clock

Waking up to the horrible sound of your screeching alarm clock instantly puts you in a bad mood and that is no way to start your day. Try putting a song you like as your alarm tone instead and it will give you happy connotations first thing in the morning. Although, maybe don’t put your favourite song as your alarm bell as the chances are you’re going to get sick of it at some point!

Put your alarm clock on the other side of the room

Lots of us don’t like doing this because it feels like inflicting torture on our waking selves before we have even gone to bed. But, it does work. Not being able to hit that dreaded snooze button with ease will make a huge difference to how easily you roll out of bed.

Get your caffeine fix

Kick the morning grogginess with some caffeine first thin. A cup of coffee is good but a green tea is even better.