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.