This hot girl summer was in full effect! Living life to the fullest, not coming home until the sun came up and blasting FNF by Glorilla made you feel like time is on your side. Unfortunately, summer is ending. School is right around the corner. It’s time to train your mind to be the best, productive version of yourself. But don’t worry, we can help. Here is how we’re going to revamp those morning routines!
Often times, the best morning routines stem from the night before. The number one rule? Go to bed at a decent hour to get the right amount of sleep. Waking up is going to be one hell of a process if you don’t allow your body to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Don’t forget to set your alarm!
Before bedtime however, make sure you check the weather for the day ahead and plan your outfit. If you’re lazy like me, you don’t necessarily have to physically lay out your outfit. You can simply dedicate some time to planning out your outfit in your head (pro tip: plan out a few outfits just in case the idea you had in your mind doesn’t actually look good in person).
Pack your bags and maybe even some snack to bring with you. The point of prepping the night before is so that you spend as little energy as possible getting ready in the morning. Let’s face it, who really wants to use all that brain power when they first wake up?
Express Gratitude When You First Wake Up
After you’ve slept peacefully for 7-8 hours, it’s time to get up and start your day. Most people immediately turn to their phones after their slumber but that is a sure fire way to delay your morning process. Besides, aimlessly scrolling does nothing for you anyway. Instead try waking up, sitting up or getting all the way out of bed, and expressing gratitude.
This can be different for many people. For some, expressing gratitude can be naming at least 10 things your grateful for. For others, expressing gratitude could be praying. You could also journal in the morning. Expressing gratitude is a healthy way to keep yourself grounded. It also helps to remind you of the life you have built for yourself thus far! Challenge yourself and try to say different things you’re grateful for each day.
Make Your Bed
Sounds silly, right? But making your bed actually helps you take on your day better. Author William H. McRaven even write a book about it. “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe the World,” introduces the idea to readers that making your bed sets you up for success. His theory is that by simply making your bed in the morning, you’ve accomplished one thing. This lets you begin your morning with a small success that will encourage many more throughout the day.
Get Busy In The Bathroom
Time to get your hygiene in check! Go ahead and stumble your way to the bathroom to brush your teeth and wash your face. If you’re feeling extra sleepy, try washing your face with cold water to wake up! Showering is also included in this step but you could’ve also showered the night before to avoid this step in the morning. Everyone is different! I’ll leave the time of the shower up to you.
While you’re in the bathroom looking at yourself brush your teeth and groom yourself, try saying a few affirmations. Affirmations are good for giving you the confidence boost you need to get through the day.
The Most Important Meal Of The Day
After being dormant for 7-8 hours, your body need energy to refuel. Our science classes have taught us time and time again that energy comes from food! Try to eat a combination of protein and carbs for breakfast to keep you energized and full until lunch. Things like cereal with milk, eggs with toast, or yogurt with granola are great choices. You could even make a simple breakfast sandwich and take it to go!
Get dressed in the outfit you picked out the night before, pack your lunch and/or snacks in your bag and do one more fit check. Make sure you have a little bit of time to do some last minute chores before you head out the door like cleaning up the water from the sink or sweeping up any hair that fell while grooming yourself.
Now you’re all good to go start your day! Let’s have the most productive school year we can! The power is all in your hands.