18 Ways To Make Your Mornings Infinitely Better

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Every morning, we wake up with the promise of a fresh start.

Every morning, we wake up with the promise of a fresh start.

New opportunities and experiences await, and that's something to be excited about.

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Only, it’s hard to look forward to that if you’re constantly waking up in a terrible mood.

Only, it’s hard to look forward to that if you're constantly waking up in a terrible mood.

Maybe you wake up stressed about all the things you need to get done that day. Maybe you feel anxious about something, but can't quite put your finger on it. Or maybe you're just too tired to deal with any of it, and wish you could go back to sleep.

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It turns out there’s a biological reason for that shitty morning feeling.

It turns out there's a biological reason for that shitty morning feeling.

You can blame it on your brain, Dr. Amit Sood, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and author of The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness, tells BuzzFeed Health.

When you first wake up, your mind is wandering. Then, something called negativity bias usually kicks in — it's a little neurological quirk that predisposes us to remember the bad/anxiety-inducing stuff, explains Sood. So we end up very quickly focusing on all of the undone tasks lurking over our heads, or how crappy your commute might be, or that vague thing your boss said yesterday.

Add on to this the fact that our adrenaline and stress hormone levels rise in the mornings, boosting heart rate and blood pressure (both symptoms of anxiety, too), and mornings become the ~perfect time~ to feel anxious and uneasy, says Sood.

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So if you’re a member of the I-hate-mornings club (and it’s starting to affect how you feel about the rest of the day, too), here are some tips for waking up in a much better mood.

So if you're a member of the I-hate-mornings club (and it's starting to affect how you feel about the rest of the day, too), here are some tips for waking up in a much better mood.

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