My son, Adam, went back to school last month. Going back to school means the relaxing days of summer are over and the packed schedules, home works and waking up early started. The change of pace can be a punch to the whole family.Some people have mastered the art of waking up feeling refreshed in the morning, despite having busy lives. They meet the challenge of each new day with enthusiasm, being both energized and positive. Although it may seem that these lucky individuals are just born this way, the good news is that with a bit of planning and a shift in attitude anyone can learn to make their mornings happier. Here are some things I do to start the day well:Get some sun: Draw the curtains immediately upon rising, and let the morning light energize you. I once read that sunlight triggers two important changes in the brain. Firstly, it prompts a decrease in melatonin, sometimes known as the ‘sleepy hormone.’ Secondly, it encourages production of adrenaline. This boost jumpstarts both body and mind.Get a (healthy) sugar high: I use the application Noom Weight (or Noom Coach) to get the encouragement I need in order to stick to healthy eating habits. Sweet foods give an instant hit of energy, but can result in blood sugar dips later in the morning. Strike a balance by eating some slow-release carbohydrate such as oatmeal alongside a drink of honey and milk for example.Stretch: Start the day with some stretches to wake up the body. When you exercise, your brain produces endorphins. These chemicals will give you a great feeling of wellbeing. If you don’t have time for heavy exercise, try some simple yoga stretches; there are plenty of free resources online that you can use to teach yourself.Plan ahead: Planning ahead is a very important thing. Before going to sleep each night, make a detailed plan of the next day’s tasks. This way you begin each morning knowing that you have a sense of purpose and direction. This will bring down your stress levels and help you feel organized.Start with love: Begin the day by bonding with your family (don’t forget your pet). Whether through words or actions, show them the love and affection they deserve. Showing your appreciation will help keep your relationships strong and healthy, which will be of ongoing benefit to your mental health. Taking the time to hug my son or share a joke with him in the morning can lighten my mood all day long.Always enjoy a brighter start to your day.