Mornings never suck as much as they do in winter. The cold air, the streetcar at rush-hour, the seasonal gloom that blankets over the city in a major way–these are the days it can be super easy to rush through morning executing on the bare minimum of necessary motions to get you out the door at 8 AM (or worse: don’t bother getting out of bed at all). But when you actually do suck it up and carve out the time to put a morning routine in place, it can make your whole day so much better.
Here are six simple morning hacks that’ll help set your day off right with some extra support for your immune system, mindset and skin.
Get your dose of Vitamin D
We’ve all heard it. The sunshine vitamin is everyone’s winter darling–and that’s because it can help improve your mood and your resilience to illness. Vitamin D is so important to the cell’s life cycle and the regulation of our immune system that our bods make it by itself–but only after exposure to sunlight. In winter, sunlight isn’t so easy to come by. Stay out of a tanning bed and mix a supplement into your morning brekkie so that you can still reap the benefits, even if the sun is only out for a few hours a day.