Wake your kids with a cuddle
Anyone who has ever raised children knows that few things are more stressful than waking up a slumbering child. Yet this is one of the few times a parent can catch a child still vulnerable. According to a 2016 University of Notre Dame study, children who get lots of affectionate touch grow up to be less anxious adults—and earlier studies showed that adults who get lots of hugs are better able to fight off colds and have lower blood pressure.
Turn on the music
Pick something energetic that you and others in the house enjoy and put it on while you get ready. If anyone plays an instrument, and if you have a little time, morning is the perfect time to practice, as it primes your brain for learning. One study from Johns Hopkins University found that both playing and listening to music help improve academic performance in 16 different ways, including increasing focus and memory.
Knock back a cold one
No, not beer—water. When you sleep, your body is deprived of water for eight or so hours, which can add to feeling drained or fatigued upon waking. “Drinking ice-cold water has been shown to provide a metabolism boost, as the body needs to warm the water to body temperature during digestion,” says Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, the author of 2 Day Diabetes Diet.
And add lemon to it
Lemon in your water has myriad health benefits. Vitamin C, found in lemon and other citrus fruits, strengthens the immune system, protects against damaging free radicals, helps skin stay wrinkle-free, and may improve overall digestion. Plus, the acidity in lemon juice contributes to the acidic environment in the stomach, which “serves as a chemical barrier to deter pathogens from gaining a foothold and causing illness,” says Roxanne B. Sukol, MD, a preventive-medicine specialist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute.