Those first waking moments, even before you have a (hopefully) nutrient-rich breakfast, can determine what kind of day you’re going to have. So make them fulfilling. First off, do some simple stretching (touch your toes or stretch your hamstrings) for 5 minutes to get the blood flowing. Then, get a glass of water to replenish the fluids lost during the night. Whatever you do, don’t check the news. People who looked at just 3 minutes of negative news in the morning were about 30 percent more likely to have a bad day compared with people who held off on reading, according to a University of Pennsylvania study.
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