The expression waking up on the wrong foot or on the wrong side of the bed, to me as a writer, tends to rule my writing day. Right up to and including the infamous “block”. If my morning starts off well, I’m relaxed and can keep writing as if it’s tea and scones guaranteed not to offer me a single ounce to the waistline. But when things start off screwed – such as being unable to find the right dress for that lecture to sociology students – I might spend the rest of the day in the doldrums. Of course there are those hassles I can’t skirt around. So I grab some pick-me-ups I’ve learnt from life and the experts. I list them below. One or all of them can turn your day into a sunny one, despite work and weather.