[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ornings are the worst, right? Literally the worst ever. (I’m lying. Mornings are fine. I’m a morning person) But ugh omg mornings, am I right?! Waking up, surrounded by warm marshmallow duvets and blankets, and realising that you have to leave that sacred space, is just bad. It’s straight up a bad thing. It ruins everything.
Think about it. Everything is so safe in bed, and then you have to peep your toe into the cold, step out of bed, trip over something and then try to get your life together enough to find some clean clothes. It’s downhill from the moment you check your alarm clock and realise you have to leave the house in 20 minutes. Everything’s a mess.
I don’t proclaim to be the queen of getting up in the morning. Lately I’ve started to feel a little slower and grumpier first thing, than I’ve been used to in my 22+ years of life so hey, I feel you. While I still prefer mornings to lonely evenings, they seem to be getting worse and worse. I should probably start getting more sleep.
So I’ve written a few tips for sorting mornings and making them that little bit better. I’ve started doing all five of these things, if I didn’t do it already, and they’re working an absolute treat. I can be up, dressed and in the library by 9, breakfast eaten and teeth brushed, ready for a day of super fun work. I’m not joking. 90% of the time it works every time. I swear.
Set it all up the night before
If mornings are a struggle, you might just be tired. Like, I don’t mean to sound like your mum, but are you getting enough sleep? If I know I want to smash life the next day, I’m in bed super early and ready to sleep. No blue screens, no nonsense. Get those forty winks.
While your thinking about the morning ahead, why not get yourself organised. Pack your bag for whatever you have on tomorrow, pick out your clothes, sort out your makeup. Mornings become super easy when you can step straight out of bed into your clothes, grab your bag and leave. Trust me.
Don’t set your alarm earlier than necessary
How many times have you set your alarm earlier than you need, so that you can get those 15 mins of snoozing in before you have to get up? And how many times has that turned into 20 minutes? 25? Yep. Now, think about how much better those 25 mins would have been without being woken up a load of times in between with some stupid alarm. I know, right! If you know you only need 45 mins to get sorted, give yourself 45 minutes. Get up on that first alarm. Not only will you feel fresher all day, but you’ll have technically got more sleep. Science.
Make your bed
Once you’re up, don’t get back in. Living in a dorm room has one disadvantage, a lack of other rooms. My kitchen (lol just a kettle) and living room and bedroom are one room. One small-ish room. It’s so bloody tempting to get back into bed, open my laptop and forget all responsibilities. NO. GET UP. Once you’re up, you’re up. Make your bed. Not getting back into the warm for you. Drink your tea sitting on top, like a morning person would.
Big ol’ cup of tea
Do I even need to explain this? Cold out-of-bed air + hot cup of tea = perfect. You didn’t need me to tell you that. Get it down ya.
Turn up the radio
Bust out the tunes. Pump up the volume. Hit the D-Floor. Fill your room with the sick beats associated with morning radio. It’s moderately amusing, will perk you up, and make you feel less alone in the cold. Seriously, I can’t tell you how motivating the radio is first thing in the morning. Try it. Dance. Live your best life.
What does your morning routine look like?