How do you ease into your day when you first wake up? If you took the first 30 minutes upon waking and decided not to check your phone, watch TV, read the newspaper, eat breakfast, drink coffee or tea or shower, but did something else instead, what would you do? From meditation to journaling to spending time with your family and pets, this article presents a series of recommended contemplations and embodied practices offered by mindfulness, mental health and academic professionals which are designed to enhance your well-being, clear your mind and help you start your day with kindness, grace and positive intentions. "That split second when you wake up counts the most, because right then and there you can set the tone of your new day for how you want it to be," mindfulness coach and author Jacqueline Pirtle told NBC Today.

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