Up and at ’Em

If a typical morning has you reaching for the snooze button again and again, or starting the day feeling grouchy, take heart. Some simple tweaks to your lifestyle can help you get off on the right foot.

Plan a tasty, healthy breakfast. Before turning in for the night, make sure you have the ingredients on hand for an energizing, nutritious morning meal. If you love it and you know it’s good for you, you’ll be psyched to get up and eat. Consider oatmeal or yogurt with berries and walnuts; a multigrain bagel with peanut butter and banana; scrambled eggs with diced tomatoes and mushrooms; or whip up a healthy smoothie.

Place a cozy bathrobe at the foot of your bed. Make it soft and appealingly scented by laundering it with awakening aromas such as citrus. The combination of an uplifting scent and silky softness will make your robe feel fabulous—enticing you to ditch the covers and start the day.

Expose yourself to light. As soon as you wake up, throw open your curtains (or raise your blinds) to let in the natural light, or have breakfast near a sun-drenched window. Exposure to morning light regulates your body’s internal clock and tells your brain that it’s time to wake up and swing into action.

Play inspiring tunes. Another get-going move: Play music that’ll cheer you up, or help you get focused for what you’re going to do. Think of this as creating a soundtrack for how you want your day to unfold.

Schedule a fun activity for the morning. Take an indoor cycling, kickboxing, or invigorating yoga class to rev you up. Sneak in a pleasant errand (like buying fresh flowers or gourmet coffee) on your way to work. Or set a phone date with one of your best pals to help you feel motivated to start the day. Try it and you’ll start to realize that when you have a treat waiting for you, sleeping in will be a thing of the past.