How to make your mornings work for you

The first hour or so after you wake up is extremely important and determines how your day will eventually be. Here are some ways to kick-start your day…
A positive outlook, focus, stamina, right moves and right food are your keywords in the morning. Follow these tips to turn your morning into a power hour.
Have a glass full of energy
After a night’s sleep, the body is dehydrated and you must replenish the fluids in the morning. Have a glass of lukewarm water with honey and the juice of a lemon. This age-old recipe has been tried and tested by many. Make it a point to have warm water even if you don’t want to have the lemon and honey. That’s because even a two per cent drop in water stores can tire you physically and mentally.
Rise and shine…
Before you go off to sleep, resolve that you will get up as soon as your alarm goes off. If you programme your brain, you will feel rested and well-slept in the morning. When you hear the alarm, do not press the snooze button — the stressed, fitful sleep after that is not worth it at all. Set the alarm for the time you know you have to get up instead of postponing your alarm for every five to 10 minutes.
Colour call
Vibrant colours have a positive effect on your energy and seeing a bright colour as soon as you open your eyes will be good for you. Have bright curtains, a coloured wall or a throw pillow or a comforter that can give you that adrenaline rush.
Welcome sunshine into your life
Sunlight makes your biological clock wake you up. Experts say that the morning sun isn’t as harmful as the peak-hour sun. So, sit by a sunny window while you sip your coffee and read the papers.