It’s the start of a new semester and if you’re like me, that means you need to readjust your sleeping schedule to work with all your early classes – you need to become a morning person! I hate being tired during my lectures, which tends to happen when I wake up ten minutes before they start and log into zoom.
To prevent that early morning fatigue, here are 5 tips that I use, to help make getting up a little bit easier:
1. Don’t Hit Snooze
I know, it’s tempting. Would an extra five minutes of sleep really hurt anyone? Technically no, but you and I both know that hitting snooze once means probably hitting it a couple times, just prolonging the start to your morning. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve woken up and thought I hit snooze, but actually just turned my alarm off and accidentally slept through a class. Listening to your alarm the first time and not giving yourself the option to hit snooze is best. Plus, if you make your bed the moment you get up, you’ll be less tempted to hop back in again.
2. Stay Away From Your Phone
Unless you’re opening Spotify to motivate yourself with an upbeat playlist, checking your phone right when you get up is distracting! I don’t know about you, but I have a habit of mindlessly scrolling through social media. Keeping your phone out of your hands will only make your routine more efficient. You can catch up on what’s going on online later!
3. Fuel Your Body
I LOVE breakfast foods, but sometimes I’m just not hungry in the morning and that’s okay! However, making sure to get a healthy nutritious breakfast is key to starting your day (and your metabolism) off on the right start. Even if you’re not eating a full meal, having a cup of tea or coffee, even a green juice is a great way to get you feeling awake and energized.
4. Get Active
Mornings where I allocate time to working out or simply stretching are days I find I’m most productive. You don’t have to do a 45 minute full body workout or go on a 5km run! I’m talking a ten minute walk around your neighborhood or a little bit of yoga.
Here’s an easy 15 minute stretch heavy workout by MadFit that you can try: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0Sqc90rUY4
5. Sleep Well
Okay, this one isn’t something you’d do to start your day, but it definitely contributes to how your mornings go. It’s pretty obvious that if you’re going to be up at 3:00AM the odds of you comfortably waking up at 7:00AM the same day aren’t exactly high. You’re going to want to get in a routine of having a minimum of 6 hours of sleep a night to make sure you’re properly rested for the whole day ahead of you.
Speaking of sleep, check out Joy’s blog, “The BEST Sleeping Tips… Like Ever” for some great tips on making sure you get a good night’s rest.