5 Ways to Wake Up Happier

5 Ways to Wake Up Happier

Waking up happy is the best way to kick off your day on a positive note!  Here are my 5 Ways to Wake Up Happier.

5 Ways to Wake Up Happier

Hi friends!

I am naturally a morning person, so waking up happy comes much easier for me than it does many people.  However there are many days I wake up grumpy or overwhelmed.  I’ve been making a point to try to start my day on the most positive note possible lately, and it’s been working.  So today I thought I’d share 5 ways to wake up happier!

5 Ways to Wake Up Happier

Don’t Hit Snooze

I know this is very hard for all of us, but getting rid of hitting the snooze button can really make a big difference.  If you hit the snooze you end up losing valuable sleep time and it can actually make you crankier.  It is a rough habit to break, but it is much better for you body to sleep for as long as possible and then actually get up on the first alarm.   I’m still trying to convince the Hubs of this one!  He’s a snoozer and I’m not.


Prep Ahead

Facing an unorganized day is enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed.  Pick out your clothes, jewelry, shoes the night before.  Also make a list of important goals or tasks for the next day before you go to bed or at the end of your work day.  Organization can really help your mood when you are first waking up.

Also prep your breakfast and have everything you need for your coffee in one place! Overnight Oats like my Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats is a great way to make breakfast the night before that you don’t have to think about in the morning.

Healthy Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats recipe / Running in a Skirt

I outlined how I got ready and out the door by 2:45AM for my old job in this post, 5 Tips for Waking Up Early from the Ultimate Morning Person!  It includes some great organizational tips.  And yes, I just to be totally OCD about it but it’s the only way I could make it happen for so long.


Don’t Check E-mail

How many of you have woken up in a great mood, only to check your e-mail when you roll over and suddenly be mad as anything?  I know I have and could tell you some stories!

There is plenty of time in the morning to get to your e-mail.  At least have your breakfast first, if not leaving it until you walk into work.  Use your waking up time to focus on all that is good in your life that you control, not e-mails.

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Get Moving

Even if you aren’t a morning workout person, simply going through a 5-10 stretching or yoga routine can help you wake up refreshed.  Better yet, take your dog out and get ten minutes of fresh air before you do anything else.

Your body craves that blood flow in the morning and that can help you wake up with ease.


Fake it Until You Make it

I know this is easier said than done, but this is one of my big mottos in life.  When you wake up, smile and pretend to be happy.  I know it feels a little fake at first, but I promise if you just try to put out positive energy your mind will eventually catch up.  I’m not saying you have to pretend to be fake and happy all the time, but if you want to start your day off right, just try to smile and say and do positive things.

Even if you are annoyed, tell your partner one thing you really love about them or wish them good luck at their day.  If you live alone, focus on a positive quote or mantra.  Positive energy– even slightly forced– gets positive energy in return.


I hope these simple things to focus on can help you start off your day on a happier, positive note.  If you are looking for more ways to stay positive check out this post, 25 Ways to be Positive Any Day.


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Do you have any tips to add?

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By | 2020-06-02T17:06:21-04:00 October 12th, 2017|Fitness, Healthy Living Tips, Motivation/ Inspiration|63 Comments


  1. Chrystal Rose October 14, 2017 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    These tips are so true! Every time I organize or plan ahead, I feel so much weight off my shoulders the day after. Also, I’d have to back you up on the whole e-mail habit! That just needs to be left for another time in the day!

  2. Marina @ Happy Healing October 12, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Love this post!! I try to never hit snooze – that always messes with me. It’s also great to move as soon as you get up! Morning workouts are the best.

  3. Lisa Ballantyne October 12, 2017 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Wonderful tips, all of them! But…..the snooze button is not an option for me! There’s no snooze button on the cat! Happy Thursday Julie!

    • JulieWunder October 15, 2017 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      Haha!!! Or a puppy! She puts her head on the bed and stares until you get up.

  4. Beth Ann Chiles October 12, 2017 at 8:15 am - Reply

    I think key for me is to also include some quiet time doing my devotions and just centering myself for the day! Great list!

  5. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups October 12, 2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Great tips! I have always been a morning person, but am guilty of hitting snooze most mornings.

  6. Patricia @Sweet and Strong October 12, 2017 at 7:21 am - Reply

    Love all of these! I feel so much better after I get moving and get a workout in and then take some time to enjoy my breakfast and coffee. Now I just need a way to help me get through the afternoon, when I want to crash, lol.

    • JulieWunder October 15, 2017 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      Me too! Getting moving makes a big difference for me.

  7. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real October 12, 2017 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Waking up early is the best! You get to start your day without any distractions and get a bunch done.

  8. ACKTIVE LIFE March 30, 2017 at 7:46 am - Reply

    I never hit the snooze button. It makes such a difference. I just suck it up, get up, and start moving!

  9. DarleneRowlands March 14, 2016 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Good tips. Prep the night before always works! I’m out the door in 30 minutes!

    • JulieWunder March 20, 2016 at 8:36 am - Reply

      I used to be at my old job. I know I feel better if I’m on top of stuff.

  10. Leslie @ flora foodie October 7, 2015 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Love this! I have got to prep more often, it makes SUCH a huge difference!

  11. Brooke of Passport Couture October 3, 2015 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Waking up happy makes such a difference in your day! And, I need to stop hitting the snooze button and just get up! Moving and stretching as well as preparing lunches and deciding what clothes to wear are key to feeling like you’re ahead of the game and not lagging behind!

    • JulieWunder October 4, 2015 at 11:57 am - Reply

      It’s a tough routine to start, but totally worth it! Great to see you today!

  12. jill conyers September 26, 2015 at 4:52 am - Reply

    From a long time morning person I love this. I wake up every morning and before I get out of bed I smile. Literally.

    Have a wonderful weekend Julie!

  13. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes September 25, 2015 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    I woke up happy today for the first time in a long time. Want to know why? Because I went to bed early AND my kids slept through the night, so I actually got 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I can’t remember the last time I had that much sleep in one night!

    • JulieWunder September 26, 2015 at 10:44 am - Reply

      That’s awesome! And you killed your long treadmill run yesterday!!! 🙂 Congrats again! Glad you got some much deserved sleep!

  14. Farrah September 24, 2015 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    I’m the worst when it comes to not hitting my snooze button, but I’ve been working on that lately (with varying degrees of success…)! I’m definitely guilty of checking my email often though! 😮 (Can’t help it–I want to hear from residency programs! 😛 ) Planning ahead makes a world of a difference though!

    • JulieWunder September 25, 2015 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      You have so much exciting stuff happening, it would be hard not to!

  15. Jess @hellotofit September 24, 2015 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Love these tips, Julie! I just wrote about better sleep this morning, too 🙂 not hitting snooze (okay, more than once) has been a big one for me. Just gotta get up!

  16. Andrea B. September 24, 2015 at 9:20 am - Reply

    I love these quick reminders! Great tips. I need to remember not to check email until after my daughter is out the door and I’ve got some food in my stomach. 🙂

  17. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets September 23, 2015 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    These are wonderful tips! I thought I was weird because as soon as I get home, I pick up and set out my clothes for the next work day. It really works and makes my mornings so much easier. I’m also starting do a little bit more moving in the AM as well!

    • JulieWunder September 25, 2015 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      I think that’s a great idea actually! Much easier than doing it at night.

  18. Leigh Powell Hines September 23, 2015 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    These are great tips, Julie. I’ve been hitting snooze lately. Must stop.

  19. [email protected] September 23, 2015 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Prepping/planning ahead is a huge one for me. I just feel so much more together if I have everything out and ready to go. And, like Deborah said, lots and lots of coffee 😉

  20. Heather @Fit n Cookies September 23, 2015 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    I think being prepared and having enough time is key. I hate the snooze button. I don’t use it at all but my husband does and it drives me nuts! Especially now when falling back asleep is such a struggle. These are all fantastic tips! Thanks for sharing them 🙂

    • JulieWunder September 25, 2015 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      Me hubby does too and it also drives me nuts. Especially if I’m still in bed and it goes off and off and off…… 🙂

  21. heather September 23, 2015 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    I love this!!! I have noticed that if I work out as soon as I wake up I have a better run and better day in general . I am a morning person too. Thanks

    • JulieWunder September 25, 2015 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      Me too! A morning run almost always means a good day!

  22. [email protected] September 23, 2015 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I used to have to be a morning person from my previous job. Like you I’d wake up at 2:45am sometimes. Can’t say I miss that. It has been a nice change being able to sleep in. I think the sleeping in make me happier:)

    • JulieWunder September 25, 2015 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      Oh! I feel for ya!! Sleeping in makes me happier too!

  23. Mary September 23, 2015 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Great tips, Julie! I especially agree with #2. It’s so important to get organized the night before. When I don’t, my day seems to get away from me and feel much more overwhelming. And yes, Fake it until you make it, a mantra I live by 🙂 xox-M

  24. Jamie September 23, 2015 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Sometimes I wake up grumpy if I feel overwhelmed from the moment my alarm goes off. Prepping lunch the night before and cleaning up best I can before I go to bed usually helps me start the day off on the right foot and stress free 🙂

    • JulieWunder September 25, 2015 at 4:16 pm - Reply

      Me too! Dishes in the sink are a big trigger for me!

  25. Nicole @ Fitful Focus September 23, 2015 at 10:11 am - Reply

    I think a sunlamp (one of the ones that slowly makes the room brighter) would help me wake up happier. Getting up in the dark is ROUGH! haha

    • JulieWunder September 23, 2015 at 10:26 am - Reply

      It is!!!! I did it for years and it was not fun. I’m not looking forward to the days getting shorter.

  26. Susie @ SuzLyfe September 23, 2015 at 10:10 am - Reply

    I think that people forget how powerful simply smiling can be. It is a psychologically proven fact that smiling can help you feel happier!

    • JulieWunder September 23, 2015 at 10:25 am - Reply

      It’s so true! I practically built my career of it by accident 🙂

  27. Annmarie September 23, 2015 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Absolutely awesome tips! I HAVE to stop checking my email/social media when I wake up- such a bad habit!

    • JulieWunder September 23, 2015 at 10:05 am - Reply

      I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a funk within 5 minutes of waking up. I feel like if you can at least get a good hour in, you are more equipped to handle what is in there! My old job was notorious for the WORST e-mails in the morning.

  28. Joanna @Makingmine September 23, 2015 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Snooze is the bane of my existence! My husband and I set separate alarms and both snooze FOREVER! We end up getting really bad sleep, haha! Totally not worth it! Waking up happy sets the whole tone for the day – great post!

  29. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie September 23, 2015 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Not checking e-mail is a big one! I try not to check my e-mail in the mornings until I get to work. Otherwise, I will be dreading going in the whole morning.

    I try to do something just for me in the mornings too whether it’s some time on Facebook, blogging or watching a little tv.

    • JulieWunder September 23, 2015 at 10:04 am - Reply

      That’s a great tip. Makes the day seem more yours.

  30. I agree hitting the snooze button does not help me at all and makes me more tired. Coffee! Coffee helps 🙂

  31. Blane Sherer September 23, 2015 at 5:47 am - Reply

    I imagine you would be a morning person . I bet you are much
    happier now being a reasonably-timed morning person instead
    of getting up at 0200 when you were at WLOS.

  32. Danielle September 23, 2015 at 5:44 am - Reply

    Great tips! I totally agree with the fake it till you make it one!

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