Morning Energy: 10 Tips to Kickstart Your Day

This post is by Susie Michelle of

Are you having one of those days? If so, you probably knew it from the moment your eyes blinked open and struggled to focus.

Maybe you slept okay, and maybe you didn’t, but the day is here just the same.

Wake up

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Here are ten tips and techniques to help you start your morning with more energy.

  1. Drink a glass of water right when you wake up. It’s a great way to energize and set the tone for a healthy, active day.
  2. Yes, have that cup of coffee. Unless you have a medical condition, there’s probably nothing wrong with a morning wake-up cup of coffee or tea. Blow the steam and watch it scatter across the top of your mug. Sip it and savor it with enough attention and reverence, and you might just find that one cup is enough.
  3. Take a moment to be with your thoughts. Don’t rush headlong into your day, if you can help it. Maybe you enjoy writing for a few minutes in a journal. Maybe you like to sit at the table and thumb through the newspaper. Don’t discount these little rituals in starting your day off right. Give yourself time to shake off the sleepies and bring your full attention to the day ahead.
  4. Brush your teeth, and use some zingy mouthwash. This always helps me feel a little more invigorated, and it also helps me turn down that second cup of coffee.
  5. Use a daily morning ritual to get your head on straight. When you’re brushing your teeth, or when you’re washing your hair in the shower, for example, recount as many things as you can that you are thankful for—or things that you are looking forward to in the day ahead. Marinate in your own positive thoughts for a minute.
  6. Blast some tunes. Get a good, energizing playlist or tune into some free Pandora channels that help you stay energized and eager for the day ahead.
  7. Energize with aromatherapy. Citrus scents are perfect for getting you going in the morning. Use an essential oil warmer in the room where you’re getting ready to face the day, or find a perfume that incorporates these energizing notes.
  8. Start your day by eating something healthy and fresh—something with high water content. Indulge in a piece of fresh, juicy fruit, for example, along with something else that will stick to your ribs. I always have a few walnuts to add some protein and staying power.
  9. Exercise in the morning. You don’t have to go nuts. Just a brisk 20 minute walk or jog will do wonders for your mood and energy levels. Sometimes (okay, often) I have to trick myself: I’ll put on my running shoes and tell myself I’m going to go for just ten minutes once the kids are on the school bus. After ten minutes have passed, I nearly always find that I don’t want to stop.
  10. Make some time to laugh. Set your browser to open with one of those websites or YouTube channels that always makes you giggle. Read The Onion or The Pioneer Woman or call that friend who always has a good joke at the ready. Humor has a remarkable ability to break us out of a bad mood and help us feel better about the day ahead.

If you still can’t seem to wake up, give yourself a little more time. Some days are like that. Have another cup of coffee and breathe deep. It’s going to be a beautiful day.

Susie Michelle is the publisher of a parenting site with articles, tips and ideas from renowned experts on health and fitness, organic living, weight loss, romance, and travel. Susie is also the founder of where she spotlights coupon codes, daily deals and fun finds from around the web.

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  1. Water energizes me more than coffee, same with eating an apple. Although I do LOVE coffee so I drink it for more than just the energy kick haha 😉

    • Most people don’t even realize when they’re dehydrated. Following the “drink a glass of water” rule first thing in the morning regardless of how you’re feeling helps you get the day started and better regulate your thirst.

      Nothings worse than mild dehydration for your energy levels.

      But as long as you’re drinking the water, drink the coffee too. I know I have to.

  2. Definitely have the coffee or tea in the morning along with your water. Both have antioxidants and caffeine, the latter of which makes you more alert.

    And I hear you about music being an energizing source–music gets my day going no matter how sluggish I may feel.

    Thank you for these great tips!

  3. I like the ‘Energize with aromatherapy. ‘ sound like a GREAT idea! Will give it a try. Thanks.

  4. When I saw number 2, “drink coffee”, I seriously considered cancelling my RSS subscription to this blog. Drinking coffee is probably the number 1 bad thing for healthy and energised mornings – not just “today”, but long term.

  5. Great tips! Especially the coffee part. 😉

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