I’ve noticed that when I have a bad morning, it puts me in a bad mood… and tends to equal bad vibes for pretty much the rest of the day. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the importance of starting the day on a happy note and whether there are ways that I can organize my morning to be more calm, unhurried, and set the stage for a more positive day ahead. I’ve noticed that when I get a good night’s sleep, exercise and eat a healthy breakfast, the early hours of the day are when I feel my most productive and inspired. Click through for 10 ways to have a happier morning and set the stage for a great day ahead. A side benefit? You just might discover that your energetic vibes rub off on everyone around you, too!


Take a moment to pause. 

I used to wake up and dive headfirst into tackling my inbox and checking social media. Sure, it felt productive, but I found that it would cause my mind to race and I’d feel somewhat distracted all morning. Now I try to take a few minutes to pause in the morning before consuming anything digital — whether you use this time to pray, meditate, or breathe deeply, there’s no doubt that you’ll feel more centered for the rest of the day. Prioritizing this time is a choice, no matter how busy I am, and it helps put my activities for the rest of the day in perspective.

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Get prepped the night before.

With a 3-year-old, a baby, and two working parents getting ready, the mornings have the potential to be really hectic at our house. I’ve found that I can mitigate the chaos by taking some time the night before to get prepped. I pick out both mine and Phoebe’s outfits to keep morning decision-making to a minimum, pack any lunches or snacks that we’ll need, and (probably most importantly) make my to-do list and check my schedule for the next day so that my mind is organized and knows what needs to be accomplished.

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Fake it ’til you make it.

I know, I know — some of you are saying, “But I’m just not a morning person!” I totally get it, but if you want to fully embrace the potential of the morning, you just might benefit from faking it. Set your alarm for earlier than you’d like, make a breakfast you can get excited about, and put on a happy face — because did you know that the act of smiling can actually make you happier?

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Drink water, then coffee.

It’s important to rehydrate your system after 7 or 8 hours of sleep, so I’ve been starting the day by forcing myself to drink a big cup of water. (I say “forcing,” because it water doesn’t taste that great to me right when I wake up.) Then I reward myself with a coffee prize which lifts the fog from my sleepy brain. Before any haters jump in, did you know that coffee is packed full of antioxidants and has been proven to have some amazing health benefits? Aside from protecting against diabetes and Alzheimer’s, coffee improves energy levels and helps you perform better on brain functioning tests. Just remember: drinking moderate amounts (1 – 2 cups per day) is best.

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Exercise.

I love to exercise in the morning. It can be tough to climb out of bed, but once I’ve started moving, the endorphin release is way more effective than caffeine at getting me excited for the day. For those of you who just want to hit the snooze button, I recently read a study that the simple act of laying out your workout clothes the night before and placing your sneakers next to the bed makes you more likely to actually tackle your morning workout.  Not only does it cross a big “to-do” off my list first thing, it gives me the feeling that I can accomplish anything that day.

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Pump up the tunes.

Our mornings are 50x more fun when I turn on some good tunes. I sing while I put makeup on, make Phoebe laugh with my toothbrush dance, and enjoy a soundtrack while I make breakfast.

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Don’t rush.

This is definitely the toughest one for someone like me who is always trying to squeeze just one more thing into a given time period. I recently shared that my current mantra is “slow down, stay open,” and this is especially true in the mornings. It might mean getting up earlier, or maybe just trying to do less, but a big goal of mine is to leave some breathing room to actually enjoy the morning.

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Wear what feels good.

Even if you work from home, getting dressed in an outfit that makes you feel your best is one of the most effective ways to put an extra spring in your step. It doesn’t have to be buttoned-up workwear — the important thing is to wear something that’s reflective of your mood! Some days I feel like a crisp white shirt and heels, while other days call for trendy leggings and sneakers. But when you put on something that makes you feel confident and radiates how you feel inside, you can look in the mirror and just know it feels right.

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Be lavish with affection.

A few months ago, I made a goal to send at least one email or text to a friend or faraway loved one every morning before the workday began. For me, it meant making a choice to prioritize my relationships before a busy to-do list. I’ve also noticed how important it is to take time to connect with Adam, Phoebe, and Henry before we all go our separate ways for the day. I try to remind myself of the saying, “The days are long but the years are short,” and remember that I always have time to stop, look Phoebe in the eye, and give her a long hug goodbye and wish her a great day. Not only does it fill me with feelings of warmth and love first thing; I’ve probably just made someone else’s morning a lot happier in the process.

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Make it count.

In the famous commencement address he gave at Stanford in 2005, Steve Jobs shared how he always started the day:

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

The morning is brimming with potential to be the most beautiful part  of the day, so let’s not waste one more by going through the motions in a half-asleep state. Go to bed at a decent time tonight and get ready to seize the morning!

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30 comments
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    Jennifer Rose Smith | July 20, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Great tips! I enjoy taking some time to pet my kitten and give her a little love before I leave the house for the day. Sometimes we go to the entry hall mirror and do some silly affirmations.

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    • Camille Styles | July 20, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      I love that!! Morning is the perfect time for a little silliness — can’t think of anything better than starting the day with laughter!

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    Molly McConn | July 20, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I’ve evolved into such a morning person from a night owl over the years and look forward to waking up every day now. Favorites are being lavish with affection, pausing and not rushing.

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    Gemma Carey | July 21, 2015 at 3:46 am

    I love these tips! I’m definitely going to try laying my gym kit out as I wish I could get myself up extra early in the mornings for the gym, rather than going in the evening!

    http://www.gemmacarey.com/

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    Anne | July 21, 2015 at 10:45 am

    I really love these reminders! My favorite by far was being lavish with affection, I paused there and sent an email to an old friend in Australia, then read my 7 month old an extra story. Cheers to slowing down and savoring those moments!

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    Lucy | July 21, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I love this little tips 🙂 I already do a few of them, but I’m going to give #1 a shot. As soon as I wake up, I’m straight on my laptop, checking my e-mails etc. That needs to stop!
    Life inside the Locket

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    krangara | July 25, 2015 at 8:14 am

    BEAUTIFUL – both literally and metaphorically. Thank you, Camille #HUGS

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    Leo | July 25, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Nice tips. I already imagined a happy morning 🙂 keep it up

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    nancje | July 25, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I like to start the day quietly, eating breakfast, drinking coffee, cheque my site and talking to the cat. Afther that i can start the day!

    http://www.fashionandfoodandotherstuff.com

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    Charlene | July 25, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Beautifully said! I have taught myself to be an early riser, bottle of water before I even get out of bed. Walk the pups who make me????. A good cardio workout at gym. And then start the day. I dont drink a cup of coffe for at least 4 hours after I am up. Have learned to drink less coffee this way. Keep up the good work!

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    Amy | July 25, 2015 at 11:08 am

    These are great tips. I’ve been out of sorts lately, staying up late and getting up late. It’s not a good cycle to be in. These tips will definitely help me get back on track. I love mornings. I love early mornings. I want to be able to enjoy them again. I love the fake it until you make it tip. It does work! 🙂 And I love the thought of not rushing. I’m always rushing in the mornings. Take care.

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    Jamie “PenMinion” Dorner | July 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the tips. I’m glad I read this.

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    Simone | July 25, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Please no food on the floor..

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    Christina | July 26, 2015 at 3:00 am

    I go back to work tomorrow after a lovely long break, so will put some of these in action to keep me positive and upbeat! Thanks for the tips, C

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    aimeebuchan | July 26, 2015 at 7:53 am

    These tips are great! Glad I clicked on yo have a read and brighten up a rainy Sunday. Please check my blog out http://www.ajb-fashionairy.blogspot.com

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    Glaiza Binayas | July 26, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Thank you for these, Camille! I feel so motivated. 🙂

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    Eva Wilson | July 26, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Great ideas! I’m not always good at the “night before prep” but I do make a point of it to laugh out loud at the start of the day. If there’s nothing to laugh about on the radio, something you read on the internet or a funny dream someone in your household had, just laugh out loud over breakfast. It really works.

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    theFreelanceDesigner | July 26, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I’ve copy and pasted each tip into a daily-review journal in Evernote. Some great advice, especially for us men who are trying to create/add stability and meaning in our lives. Thank you very much.

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    abdul khalim | July 26, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    I say a lilttle prey to god and star god day

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    Kalpanaa | July 27, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Wonderful advice. I absolutely must start my day with a big cup of Darjeeling tea, some Buddhist chanting and half an hour of yoga.

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    Stephanie Collins (MarvelSteph) | July 27, 2015 at 4:20 am

    I love this! One thing I (try to remember) to do each morning is to just sit with my eyes closed for a minute and visualize my day. I think of the highlights and feel happy that it could be a good day =]

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    Kkashyap | July 27, 2015 at 5:49 am

    Good tips……I am a morning person and love the freshness that each day brings along…..especially the exercising and meditation……it’s rejuvenating.

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    Lori Thompson | July 27, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I believe in all ten. Each day before my feet hit the floor I pause and say “It’s a MARVELOUS MONDAY”, It a TERRIFIC TUESDAY, It’s a WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY, etc. And that starts the positive thinking process for me.

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    skyannamystic | July 27, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Love this!!

    The last Steve Jobs quote definitely struck me!

    With Love,
    Anna || Curly Scribbles

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    graciousstore | July 28, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    “You just might discover that your energetic vibes rub off on everyone around you, too!” This is absolutely true

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    Eunike | July 29, 2015 at 3:34 am

    I am not a morning person (yet) but each time I water the plants in the morning, I always get good vibes and excitement. Cold water + fresh morning air + lovely plants + wet soil = “This is a good day!” 🙂

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    Ciara | August 1, 2015 at 5:52 am

    I’m quite an early bird so when I get up in the morning I love to look out of my window and see what’s going on around me, whether that is the sun rising on seeing the milk man drive down the road it just makes me happy to know that something else is going on too and I’m not up early on my own!

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    pippi hepburn | August 2, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    I do many of these also, write to dos night before, up with lemon water, then coffee, workout and meditate. I will work on fake it til you make it. It is effort still for me to go to bed on time to get up early, but when I do, I feel better. What I will add is that I brush my cats and give them some love each morning. Feels so nice to do!
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    alfredo ciano | August 4, 2015 at 3:02 am

    Amazin’ Post : True Words & Nice Pics ; Camille is the Queen of Bloglovin…

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    Molly Bridget | January 5, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Going to bed at a decent time tonight, so I can seize the morning. Last comment, SWEAR! Bedtime.

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