Are your mornings always hectic? Maybe you can never find your phone
or you’re always running late—and that makes your day feel stressful
from the start. It’s the worst, right? That’s why you need a morning
routine that keeps you organized and sets you up for success all day
long, even if you’re learning remotely. Follow these tips to get started.
Get ready early
Preparing the night before is one of the best ways to ensure a
successful morning. That could mean packing your backpack,
laying out your outfit, and/or making a list of things you want to
achieve the following day. Then you can go to sleep feeling ready for
what’s coming up—and, as a bonus, you won’t have to make any big
decisions when you’re still half-asleep the next morning.
Set your alarm for the same time every day
As much as possible, try to wake up and go to bed around the same
time each day. (Sure, an occasional late-night study session may
happen, and that’s okay. Just do your best.) Keeping regular hours
helps the body’s internal clock regulate the hormones that make you
feel drowsy at night. By getting on a regular sleep schedule, you’ll
start feeling way more rested.
Don’t hit the snooze button
This is a tough one but trust us on this: When your alarm goes off,
give yourself a few minutes to wake up, stretch your arms and legs to
shake off the stiffness of sleep, and then get straight out of bed.
Any extra sleep you might gain from those extra 10 or 15 minutes under
the covers won’t benefit you at all, as your body doesn’t have time to
finish a complete sleep cycle. You’ll just end up dragging yourself
out of bed later than you planned, likely feeling groggy for the first
couple of hours of the day. Not worth it.
Stretch your body
You can do this while you’re still in bed or after you get up. And
it can be simple; you don’t need to whip out a yoga mat and spend 30
minutes doing sun salutations facing east (although, if that’s what
you’re into, go for it!). Just focus on a few simple stretches to wake
up your body after being powered down overnight. Feels good, right?
Do some cardio
One key benefit of stretching before you get out of bed is that it
can help the body re-oxygenate. If you’re someone who finds it a
challenge to wake up, incorporating 10 to 15 minutes of light exercise
into your morning routine will help you shake that foggy feeling.
There are lots of ways to do this: Maybe you want to do a 15-minute
HIIT video on YouTube before you shower, or you could walk to school
instead of catching the bus. Do what works for you.
Set your intentions
After getting out of bed, hit the shower, get dressed, and then list
what you’d like to get done that day. You don’t necessarily need to
write it down; just taking the time to run through your schedule in
your mind can help you achieve your goals. But if you feel like you’ve
got a lot to remember, jotting it down in a notebook or in your phone
can help reduce feelings of stress.
One of the most important things you can do to set yourself up for a
successful day is to fuel your body. We’re all different, so you’ll
want to find what works best for you—but here are some key tips: Make
sure that you hydrate (with water, not just coffee) and eat a small,
well-balanced meal. Go for something like a smoothie bowl packed with
protein and vitamins, or scrambled egg on whole wheat toast. And try
to avoid sugary cereals that will leave you feeling lethargic after
the initial sugar rush.
And on that note, don’t forget to pack a lunch
bag with protein-rich snacks and a healthy lunch too. Brain foods
like omega-3, good fats, and protein will help you to survive even the
most challenging lecture or work schedule.
Limit your screen time
Device like laptops and televisions emit something called blue
light, which the brain interprets as daylight. This suppresses
melatonin, a sleep hormone, making it harder for your body to drift
off. So at the end of the day, help set yourself up for success the
next morning by avoiding screens at least 30 minutes before you get
into bed. (Pro tip: Tuck your phone in an accessory
pouch and use that time to practice
a little self-care instead.)
If you’re going through a tough time or are feeling stressed about
exam prep, taking time before bed to relax and unwind can have a
positive effect on your sleep. Even something as simple as reading
a book can be a form of meditation. There are also some great
smartphone apps that offer guided meditation, relaxing sleep sounds,
and soothing audio tracks that you can use to distract your busy mind.
Give it a try; you may feel way more rested when you start your
routine over again the next morning.
Now that your day is off to a great start, it’s time to make
a difference in the world . What will you do next? Let
us know on social media using the hashtag #LifeUnzipped.
By: Charli Moore