Your morning routine can make an enormous impact on how you feel for the rest of the day. For me, one of the best thing's I've ever done for my morning is sign up for the Academy of American Poets's Poem-a-Day email. Now, every morning a poem lands in my inbox, so I can start my day with a little inspiration. I've found that reading a poem in the morning allows me to take a moment to center myself and helps me approach the day with a better attitude.
I used to start my morning off by reading the news, which can be super depressing and nerve-wracking. By starting off with poetry instead, I come into the morning feeling so much more refreshed and in-control. And as I move throughout my day, having a new poem to turn over in my mind has helped me get through even the most hectic mornings feeling more energized.
Plus, adding a poem into your morning routine is super easy. Even if you're super busy, it only takes a few seconds to read a poem, and it will make a huge difference.
Reading a poem in the morning feels like giving a gift to yourself. So here are 13 lovely poems to take in when you first wake up.