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<p>(BPT) - Upgrading your morning routine can pay dividends throughout the day by helping you remain focused and energized. Before life takes you in a million directions, optimize your start to the day by incorporating these simple steps to slow down and savor:</p><p>1. Pause before you power on</p><p>Is your tablet or mobile device calling your name before you even step out of bed in the morning? <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5628368/survey-shows-were-all-checking-email-way-too-often" rel="nofollow">Studies</a> have shown that one in five people check email as soon as he or she wakes up. Realistically, not much is going to get accomplished before breakfast anyway, so prolong your peaceful state of mind and try to stay unplugged until after you have your first meal of the day.</p><p>2. Rethink your breakfast experience</p><p>In less than two minutes, you can now enjoy &lsquo;weekend quality&rsquo; breakfast any day of the week. <a href="http://www.mariecallendersmeals.com/breakfast-bakes" rel="nofollow">Marie Callender&rsquo;s Breakfast Sandwiches</a> will bring a special touch to your morning with quality ingredients that include made-from-scratch bread that crisps up warm and toasty right from the microwave, biscuits made with real cheddar cheese and eggs that taste homemade. You can look inside specially-marked Marie Callender&rsquo;s frozen meals to find coupons, including one million free breakfast sandwich coupons. For official rules and free entry visit <a href="http://www.mariecallendersmeals.com/1million" rel="nofollow">http://www.mariecallendersmeals.com/1million</a>.</p><p>3. Wake up and smell the coffee</p><p><a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg18725181.700" rel="nofollow">Ninety percent</a> of North American adults report using caffeine every day. <a href="http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/magazine/16-05/gs_02caffeinate" rel="nofollow">Studies</a> suggest that small doses of caffeine - whether a warm cup of tea or half cup of coffee - help you think more clearly and feel calm, enhancing mental performance.</p><p>4. Start your day one step ahead</p><p>Avoid a hectic morning by tackling some of those routine morning to-dos the night before. Get a jump on the day by setting aside a few minutes each evening to pack lunches, pick out outfits and cross-check your calendar. This is a simple way to gain extra time so you can enjoy a calmer beginning to your day.</p><p>5. Take a seat</p><p>When people feel rushed, they tend to eat standing up. According to <a href="http://my.clevelandclinic.org/healthy_living/weight_control/hic_the_psychology_of_eating.aspx" rel="nofollow">The Cleveland Clinic</a>, eating while stressed can actually increase negative feelings and lessen the enjoyment of eating. Take a moment to sit down and savor your warm breakfast while you watch the morning news, read the paper or just listen to the birds sing. This small step can instill a sense of calm the rest of your day.</p> <img src='http://www.brandpointcontent.com/printsite/ImageWriter.ashx?articleid=18381&memberid=8729' border='0' width='1' height='1' />

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