School is about to start for many of us and we all know what that means: 8 am classes! Are you the type of person to set five alarms and still not wake up on time? Here are five tips to becoming a morning person this semester!
1. Go to bed earlier! It may be tempting to start that new show on Netflix at 11 pm after a long day, but you will be paying for it in the morning. Turn off all electronics and instead, try to wind down with a nice cup of chamomile tea and a good book before getting a solid 8 hours of sleep. Try to avoid hitting the snooze button over and over again, get up and rise early, and take on the day. Research has shown that there is a link between being an early riser and having a happier and healthier lifestyle.
2. We all know the saying that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” so make sure to eat a healthy breakfast. After we sleep, ou rmetabolisms and blood sugar levels decrease, so we need a good, healthy meal to help re-energize us.
3. Reward yourself for not pressing the snooze button by using the extra time to relax: read your favorite newspaper column, listen to the first ten minutes of a funny podcast, fit in some cardio, whatever you want! Even having time for an extra cup of coffee or not having to race out the door can be a reward. You’ll find yourself feeling more motivated throughout the day by starting your morning on a positive note.
4. If meditating is not your thing, try stretching before you get out of bed. This will get your blood flowing, so when you do get up, you don’t get a rush of dizziness to your head. And you won’t feel like you just rolled out of bed.
5. Prep for a good morning: shorten your morning routine by packing lunch the night before, ironing your clothes beforehand or stocking your gym bag. Crossing off items on your to-do list the night before ensures you wake up ready to take on the day prepared and less stressed!
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