Peep the scene. You’re jolted out of sleep by an obnoxious loud beeping noise. You throw a pillow in its direction and bury yourself deep into the covers. When your feet do hit the ground you find you’re already twenty minutes behind schedule. You haul ass to the bathroom, brush your teeth, put on the least wrinkled outfit and dash out the door. Mornings can be rough. Want them to go smoother? Follow these tips.
Prep the Night Before
Part of what makes mornings tough is the scrambling that takes place. Make things easier on yourself by getting everything ready the night before. Lay out clothes, pack your lunch, prep your breakfast, and make sure your work or school bag has whatever you’ll need. You’ll feel less stressed knowing you’ve already crossed several things off your “things to do” list.
Go to Bed Earlier
Never underestimate the power of a good night’s rest. Figure out how much you need and get it, no exceptions made. Studies have found that even being partially sleep deprived can lead to feelings of anger, sadness, and a lack of focus.
Wake Up an Hour Earlier
This is a lot easier if you do the previously mentioned tip. Giving yourself extra time to ease into you day may lead you to feeling more calm and prepared.
Waking early can be a drag but you can’t deny that it feels amazing when it’s not even nine a.m. and you’ve done your workout for the day. Plus exercise gives an endorphin rush that will boost your mood and make you feel accomplished before you’ve even gone to the job or class.
Choose the Right Alarm
One-size does not fit all when it comes to alarms. If yours makes waking up feel extra wretched, play around with the sounds, noise levels and various settings. You may find the chirping of birds more agreeable than the ringing of a bell.
Instead of thinking of all the things you have to do, look at your to-do list as things you want to get done. Tricking yourself into looking forward to tasks will help you get a move on.