Your morning routine can make or break your day. With the right strategies you can swap stress for feeling relaxed and ready for anything. Don’t believe us?

Try one of these four simple tweaks, which could make a world of difference to your day.

Rise and shine

There are loads of proven benefits to exercising in the morning, but here are our favourites: it gives you a hit of energy first thing, it enhances your sleep quality and has even proven to help you live longer.

If you’re into yoga, try five minutes of soft stretching with a bit of breathwork. Calming your mind first thing is great way to help keep you grounded throughout the day.

Healthy in a hurry

There’s nothing worse than waking up late then realising you’ve got nothing on hand for breakfast. To stop yourself grabbing something fast (and potentially sugary) on your way, have a healthy meal prepped the night before so it’s ready to grab and go in the morning.

Wide eyes

Believe it or not, your morning commute can actually be a blessing: a rare time of the day when you’re under no obligation to do anything, except make it to where you need to be in one piece.

Sure, you could use the half-hour or so to catch up on emails or write your to-do list for the day, but it’s also a great time to practice some light mindfulness.

According to mindset coach Dr Christina Heilman says reaching a state of calm requires you to tune in to your sense. Put your phone away, take your headphones off and pay attention to the sounds and scenery around you for a few minutes.

Gently does it

One of psychologist Mary Hoang’s favourite tips is to plug your phone in on the other side of your bedroom at night and try not to use it for the first 30 minutes of your day. Many of her clients admit to checking their emails (or Instagram) first thing, often while still in bed.

“Starting your day like this means you’re switched on before your brain has had a chance to wake itself up,” Hoang says. “Wake up mindfully and gently, and you’ll find it much easier to concentrate throughout the day.”

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