We could all do with a little help in the morning to boost our mood and make sure our day gets off to the best start possible.
Making some small adjustments to your usual morning routine can really help to improve your mood and outlook for the rest of the day.
Make each morning wonderful with our top tips for getting your day off to the best start possible.
A great morning starts the night before
The secret to a stress-free, happy morning is preparing a few things the night before to save those precious moments before you leave the house in the morning.
Small tasks which only take minutes each the night before will save you time and stress in the morning. Before you go to sleep, pick out your outfit for the following day and make your lunch - ensuring everything sorted and ready to go. Having these little tasks sorted will really take a lot of stress out of your morning and minimise the chances of being rushed off your feet.
Hydration hydration hydration
As soon as we wake up, many of us go straight to caffeine to help us wake up and prepare for the day but ideally water should be the first thing you drink in the morning.
The six to eight hours of sleep you are recommended to get each night is a really long period to go without water. Having a large glass of H2O as soon as you wake up helps to replenish your body and skin, leaving you looking and feeling better.
If you simply can't cope without your morning fix of tea or coffee, simply drink your water and follow up with your drink of choice.
Take a mood-boosting shower
Showering in the morning can really help to wake you up and is the perfect opportunity to give yourself a little pamper to instantly boost your mood and prepare you for the day ahead.
Uplifting, energy-boosting shower gels are the perfect accompaniments to your morning shower. Sparkling, energising citrus scents are our fragrance of choice when it comes to morning cleansing products.
The aptly named Grumpy Cow Uplifting Bath & Shower Gel from Cowshed awakens the senses and invigorates with a divine combination of uplifting Orange and Lemon essential oils. Simply lather and cleanse your skin, letting the bright scent perk up your mood.
Cleanse your skin
Using our favourite morning-time cleanser always brightens our mood and helps our skin to look healthy and radiant throughout the day. Removing any dirt and impurities on the skin which may have built up over night is an essential step of your morning routine.
Many of us dismiss morning pampers, saying we don't even have a spare minute but using a fresh, glow-boosting cleanser which only takes a couple of minutes to apply and wash away really can make all the difference to how we look and feel for the rest of the day.
The Elemis Superfood Cleansing Wash is our current favourite morning cleanser. Enriched with a cocktail of superfoods, including Wheatgrass, Broccoli and Avocado oils, the Cleansing Wash nourishes your skin as it cleanses, leaving your complexion refreshed, revived and luminous.
Elemis Superfood Facial Wash4.85 Stars 39 Reviews£25.00
Lumene Nordic C [Valo] Glow Refresh Hydrating Mist 100ml4 Stars 4 Reviews£17.90
Remember the most important meal of the day
We're all guilty of skipping breakfast every now and again when we're in a rush in the morning but taking the time to sit down and eat a lovely meal is really crucial to your mood and productivity during the day ahead.
We've all heard it said before but breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day - particularly when considering getting your morning off to the best start possible.
Be kind to yourself
Taking a little time out for you, no matter how long or short, is essential to getting your morning off to a wonderful start each and every day.
Listening to your favourite song, indulging in a chapter of your current read or watching a little TV can all do so much to brighten your mood and put you in a positive frame of mind.
Your commute is the perfect time to take a moment to focus on yourself and boost your mood. You'll arrive at your destination happy and ready to take on the day.