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Morning mood boosters

10 top tips to boost your mood in the morning
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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks

It would be nice to bounce out of bed in the mornings, full of life and happy to start a fresh new day on this beautiful planet!

For many of us though, the sound of our dreaded alarm has us burrowing further under the duvet not quite ready to face the world.

Even if you're not a morning person here are 10 tips to boost your mood and make your day a happier one.

1. Think positive

When you wake up don't roll over and think: "Urgh! Another stressful day to get through." Start thinking positive thoughts. "The sun is shining; I'll have lunch outside today."

Take time to be mindful of all of the good things in your life, family, friends, your health. Spend a few minutes thinking of a holiday you are planning or a birthday party you're going to.

If you start on a positive note your day has a better chance of continuing in the same vein.

2. Get close

Make time to start your day with morning sex. It's going to lift your spirits and set you up for the day ahead.

Exercise releases endorphins, feel-good chemicals, but you don't need science to know that being close and loving with your partner makes you feel good.

If there's no time for sex, make do with a hug and a kiss.

3. Stretch

Pilates, tai chi or yoga are relaxing ways to start your day. They work on the mind and body so as well as promoting physical health they can help you achieve an inner mental balance.

"For those of us who creak our way out of bed, a few yoga poses are a lovely way to unfurl the body and dispel the morning grumps,” says yoga teacher Eva Paoli.

"Yoga lengthens and strengthens tight, weak muscles, eases aching back, neck and shoulders and gets the synovial fluid going, which lubricates your joints. Yoga can also be used as preparation for meditation - do both to help preserve your inner calm through a busy day."

4. Exercise

You may have to force yourself to go for a run or hit the gym but exercise is one of the most effective morning mood boosters.

When you exercise your body releases endorphins, feel-good chemicals, in your brain

The NHS says exercise can help people recover from depression and prevent people becoming depressed in the first place.

Also regular exercise can make you feel happier about how you look and make you feel better about your body.

5. Go outside

When you wake up, why not make a hot drink and sit in your garden, weather permitting!

There's some evidence that being outside and listening to nature can boost your mood.

The charity, Mind, believes that activities outdoors like gardening and cycling, or even a walk around the park, are good for our mental health.

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