An old alarm clock that says "time to feel better."

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The start to this year has been a bit rough, between not winning the lottery, the deaths of Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie, and now—ah, my broken heart—Alan Rickman. Sometimes having a good day just seems like such a pipe dream. But even if we can’t change the big things, there are some things you can do right now to feel better and have a better day. It won’t bring any of our deceased friends back, but it might shine a new light on your day.

Don’t hit the snooze button.

I know it sucks, but if you move your alarm clock to the other side of the room, you’ll have to get up to turn it off. And then, since you’re already up, you might as well get dressed and get going. See what else you can get done during the day.

Put on some really groovy tunes for your commute.

If you’re like me, you always get up late and have to rush to make it to the bus on time, whereupon I promptly lose my big wind of morning energy and slump over. But it could help to put some pump-it-up tunes in your car or on your iPod, or listen to a great podcast or audiobook to wake yourself up.

Wear an activity tracker.

Wearing one of these always makes me competitive with myself. Like, I can get more steps in today! An activity tracker helps me feel more productive and more energized because I know I have a goal to reach, and I like feeling healthy. They (that mysterious organization) say you’re supposed to get at least 10,000 steps a day. See how you’re doing! Check out some of these great options.

Pack more protein into your breakfast.

One of the best ways you can start your day is by adding more protein to your breakfast! Protein is shown to boost metabolism and keep you fuller longer, so you don’t get hungry and snack on things you maybe shouldn’t be snacking on. Get some eggs on that bagel!

There are so many other small steps you can take towards improving your day! Check them out.