What you do first thing in the morning matters whether you're a mom, business owner, yoga teacher or a nurse. Because how you spend the first hour of your day determines how you'll feel the rest of your day.

Set yourself up for less stress and more ease by tweaking just a few simple things in your morning routine, and watch your entire life change!

DON'T:

Open your phone within the first hour of waking up.

It's easy to fall into the trap of turning to our phones within the first few minutes (sometimes seconds!) of waking up. Suddenly, we're scrolling through our Instagram and Facebook feeds and comparing ourselves to others before we've even gotten out of bed! Skip the comparison and just do you.

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Press snooze on your alarm.

Boost your confidence by getting out of bed when you set your alarm. (Help yourself succeed by picking a reasonable wakeup time!) Your word to yourself is just as important as your word to everyone around you — and so is getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep. In fact, sleep is so crucial to your well-being that if you have to pick between sleep and working out, pick sleep! It's better to get a solid 7 hours of zzzzs than to workout when you're sleep-deprived.

Eat processed food in the morning.

Instead of simply surviving the morning by grabbing a granola bar or doughnut at the office, thrive in the morning by fueling your body with the nutrition it needs. You'll also have fewer cravings throughout the day! A healthy weekday breakfast can be fun and easy to make, and your body will thank you!

DO:

Drink a mug of warm water and lemon.

This hydrating drink first thing in the morning can jumpstart your metabolism and boost your immune system. You might not even need that cup of coffee!

Spend 5 to 10 minutes in silence.

Instead of starting your day by giving to everyone else around you and tackling that to-do list, set aside a few minutes of silence with yourself. This can take the form of prayer, meditation, or affirmations. Take time to calm your mind and connect inward so you can go about your day with more ease and flow.

Move your body.

Signal to your body that it's time to wake up by simply moving it. Try a few yoga poses, head outside for a walk around the block, or maybe even go up to the gym. It doesn't have to be a big workout — some short and simple movement can be all your body needs to wake up.

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