Easy Ways to Improve Your Morning Routine
For the majority of us, mornings don't just suck, they SUUUUUUCK. Morning is the bright, obnoxious part of that forces you out of your cozy bed and PJs, and into real clothes and your homeroom. If you're one of those people who stomps around your house grumbling until your grogginess fades away around noon-ish, fear not! There are ways to make yourself into a morning person, and they're not even super hard.
Prepare everything the night before. If you know you'll need a change clothes for your gym class, pack your gym bag the night before. If you're planning on bringing lunch instead of buying it, pack it up the night before. And if you're feeling really ambitious, check the weather forecast before bed and pick out what you'll wear tomorrow, then lay it out before you go to bed. That way when you wake up, all you have to do is grab everything and go. (Except don't just grab your clothes and go. You should probably put them on first. Carrying clothes around doesn't make you any less naked.)
Unplug. I'm sure you've heard it before, but seriously, scrolling through your social media sites on your phone as you lay in bed waiting to fall asleep is one of the quickest ways to totally disrupt your sleep. The brightness your eyes are exposed to from your computer/tablet/phone/TV mess with your brain's chemicals and makes them think it's time to be awake, not time to go to sleep. Try to unplug about an hour before bed and dim the lights. Then do your nighttime preparations (as outlined above), read a book, take a bath, or meditate. You'll sleep like a log, and when you're well-rested, waking up the next morning is a breeze.
Braid that hair. Sounds silly, but there are loads of ladies out there spending a lotttttt of time pretty-fying themselves in the morning when they could be catching some extra Zs. Instead of allotting yourself half an hour to straighten your hair, do one of two things. 1) Shower at night. Then, when your hair is still a little damp, put your hair in a braid before you go to sleep. You'll wake up with beachy looking waves and won't have to worry about styling it. Or, 2) just braid your hair in the morning and wear it that way to school. French braid, fishtail braid, crown braid, pigtail braids—they're the easiest way to look like you didn't just roll out of bed, so use 'em all.
Let there be light! Studies have shown that opening your blinds and letting in some light can help your body clock wake you up naturally instead of forcing yourself awake via ten thousand snooze button on your phone's alarm. Not into having your blinds open? Tell your mom or dad to flip your lights on in the morning to get your butt out of bed. (Note: this is cruel and unusual punishment and will put you in a bad mood so really you should just leave your blinds open.)
Eat and exercise. I know what you're thinking: "I can get on board with the eating, but EXERCISING IN THE MORNING? ARE YOU MAD, WOMAN!?" But morning exercise improves sleep and boosts energy for the rest of the day! After you do it for a few painstaking days, you'll notice that you feel more energized throughout the rest of your day, and it'll take the place of your morning coffee. As for eating, breakfast jump-starts your brain. Plus, it's tasty and you'll be less grouchy on an empty belly. Win-win.
Treat yo'self. Have a reward waiting for you to encourage you to get your lazy bum out from under the covers. Whether it's the chocolate chip-flavored dinosaur-shaped waffles that you're going to have for breakfast, the half-hour episode of Boy Meets World you're going to watch as you drink your morning coffee, or the extra-long hot shower you're going to take when you wake up, just make sure it's something tempting enough to make you excited about getting out of bed. I suggest bacon. Bacon is always a solid reward.
What's your best tip for making your morning routine not suck?