We all have days where we feel like it’s hard to get up in the morning.
For most students, getting up for an 8 a.m lecture is less than ideal as they struggle through their foggy brains and sip a coffee as though it were liquid gold. But let’s face it, you can’t afford wasting time feeling groggy when you have so much to do in the day. So without further ado, here are some simple changes you can make to wake up and ease into the morning routine.
It’s the most natural way to wake up in the morning and it’s your best friend when it comes to slowly greeting the day. Don’t let the first thing you see in the morning be your phone light as you check social media! Just leave your curtains half open during the night and get ready to go back to your natural circadian rhythm.
2. Plan Your Morning The Night Before
Have a plan. After knowing yourself your whole life, you are the best judge on how long it takes you to get ready in the morning. Put your clothes out the night before and have your bag packed with snacks prepped and laptop charged. If you’re going somewhere new, find the route in advance. Know what time you need to leave by the latest.
3. Write Notes To Yourself
If constantly forgetting things is your undoing, write notes to yourself the night before! Little tidbits of information that you can look at and know what you need to do. Stick them on your bathroom mirror, on the fridge, bedside desk or even make some notes on your phone. By doing this it might just help you remember that one important thing you had planned to do and save you a whole lot of headache.
4. Drink Water
How do you plan on having a hydrated body after 8 hours with no fluids? A glass of lemon water followed by regular water will flush away all your toxins and leave you feeling fresh and awake, even if it’s only because of how sour it was. If you can’t find it in you to stomach it first thing in the morning, eat your water with high water content fruits and grab an apple or eat some berries! Drink a shake with all the good things! Your body and mind will thank you.
5. Meditate and Pray
Waking up and getting shoved into a world of buzzing people when you’re not entirely put together isn’t the most pleasant experience. So make sure you have alone time. Go to a space outside your bedroom, play some music, feel the sunlight, breathe or pray or sing. Be happy with yourself. Take a moment. You might develop some thoughts you have never had before and realise things you want to do. Feeling the true beauty of nature, away from things you associate with your stresses, is a habit you will be grateful you developed.
6. Set a Time to be Creative
If you know that your day is going to be packed and you have no time at night for you time, set your alarm half an hour earlier. Take your time. Scrapbook, make a great breakfast, play some music and start off on a high. Learn three words in French and use them that day, discover a new song and play it all day, find a new recipe you can try later on or read a chapter of a book you say you have no time for. Use the arts to release your imagination and creative potential. You might be doing a course in university that you don’t particularly like, you can’t be bothered going to class or you just don’t think the arts are for you. But don’t let that stop you. Be creative.
Wake up and have a quick shower. Even if you don’t wash your hair, you will feel the sleep seep out of you and swirl into the drain pipe where it truly belongs. Being clean will make you more productive and give you a good mind set for the day.
8. Eat Something Yummy
If you’re a foodie and want to eat something great in the morning but are short on time, find a recipe that fits your time limit the night before. Buy ingredients and do your preparation beforehand. Make it so you only need to put it in a pan, or pop it in the oven, or set it in the fridge. It might be an omelet, muffin, chia pudding or acai bowl. Think quick, healthy and delicious. Some people are spurred on by the thought of going for a run or sleeping an extra five minutes, and some people wake up excited to eat good food. But hey, you do you.
9. Get Your Sleep
Yes, this is obvious. But then again, if it’s so obvious, why isn’t everyone doing it? Don’t plan to be tired from the night before. Plan to be awake! If you know there is something you have that you need to be alert for, go to sleep early the night before. Even if you have no plans the next day, don’t waste a whole day sleeping in, maybe only an extra hour. Remember, there is such a thing as too much sleep.
10. SET A GOAL
Wake up and be determined. You have things to do, so do them. If your plan was to wake up with a positive attitude, do it. If you wanted to finish off that assignment or even just start it, do it. Clean up, go to the gym, watch an episode of your favourite show, say hello to someone you have never talked to but always see in your tutorial! Set a goal, do it and reward yourself after.