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Start your day off right with these morning tips

Designer by day. Blogger by night. Joanna spends her spare time indulging in wanderlust, climbing rocks, and questing for the perfect apple pie.

Joanna Hawley, SheKnows Expert and creator of Jojotastic, shares her tips to get your day started the right foot.

While I'm not exactly chipper and cheerful in the a.m., I can agree that what you do first thing in the morning is super important. What you do that first hour or so of your day defines the mood of your day. Here's how I think of it: Imagine waking up on the first day of vacation... now try to figure out a way to incorporate that into your daily routine.

Let the email sit

I used to immediately check my inbox as soon as my alarm woke me, but that just led to feeling rushed and stressed out when I saw work-related emails. Now, instead of scouring through my inbox I give my cat a good cuddle before I hop out of bed.

Take the dog for a walk

I like to start my day with a stroll around the neighborhood with my dog, Noodle. There's something about getting all that fresh air first thing in the morning that energizes me.

Have a routine

I'm a creature of habit and I tend to run late. Having a simple morning routine prevents me from feeling rushed and sets me up for staying on track for the rest of the day.

Get a glass of water

Chilled water (I like mine infused with mint leaves) is a great way to start your day feeling refreshed and invigorated.

Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration with Carefree and SheKnows.

Photo credit: DianaRui, iStock/360/ Getty Images

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