Hi everyone! How is your January going?
I am now into my second semester of junior year at university. By now, I have a pretty consistent morning routine that gets me through the day and, essentially, the week. With the new semester starting up, it might be time to refresh your morning routine and make some changes to give you more energy during the day! When we have more energy, we can think better, be more active, and be more productive. Our moods also tend to be lighter when we are feeling energized as opposed to drained.
When people think of college students, they seem to think of students waking up groggy and never recovering from it, throwing on whatever frumpy outfit with a lazy, messy bun (not the cute kind), begging for naps and eating garbage, and depending on 8 cups of coffee a day to get them through. Basically, college students are tired. That is the main assumption.
If you’re feeling like you might be the stereotypical suffering college student, you may want to rethink how you go to bed and wake up in the morning. This might be the key to getting you prepared for the day, feeling less stressed, less dependent on caffeine, and much more motivated.
Here is a peek at my morning routine that has been essentially the same all through my years at college (modified slightly here and there due to schedule changes)! I still occasionally take naps and drink a lot of coffee, but I’m not falling apart throughout the day and completely dependent on anything outside of my own mind and body. Being halfway through my junior year of college, here is how my morning routine is looking now!
First, a crucial tip!
Having a truly successful morning routine in any setting of life requires that you get a decent amount of sleep. This doesn’t mean you have to get 8-9 hours every single night. If you are in college, make weekends a free-for-all if you like! But try to get on a consistent sleep routine most nights of the week. A healthy night routine is a healthy morning routine.
My junior year morning routine:
This is when my alarm goes off. Sometimes I hit snooze once or twice, but I try really hard not to. If I slept well enough, normally I can get straight out of bed and have a nice quick stretch.
After getting myself to feel about 75% awake, I force myself to get dressed and put a teensy bit of makeup on. Usually for class, I put on foundation and power to cover up my acne and slap on some mascara. I usually don’t do my hair; but if I do, my usual is a half-updo braid.
ALSO! While all of this is going on, I am chugging my giant water bottle that I filled the night before. I try to finish almost the entire thing while I’m waking up and getting ready.
Now, I reward myself for drinking all that water by heading for the Keurig. I love a good medium roast coffee, which is pretty much what all of my K-cups are, whatever the brand. I usually add almond milk or a coconut cream to this.
Once my coffee is brewed and perfect, I open all of the blinds in my tiny living room and open my laptop. I spend the next half hour or so browsing Pinterest and Twitter and looking at other blog posts. This puts me in a good mood and fuels my creativity, motivating me to wake up a little more.
Since I’m now all inspired and hyped up on coffee, I begin working on my blog. I choose to do this in the morning because I’m wide awake and fresh for the day at this point. It’s not my required school work or part-time job, so spending my morning on something more leisurely and creative gets me energized for a productive day. Usually, I am uploading/promoting a blog post (my schedule right now is Mondays and Wednesdays!) or working on my next post, commenting on other blogs and talking to you guys on Twitter.
Time to step away from the blogging world and get ready to head to class. My first class most days of the week is at 11:15, which I think is a perfect time because it’s not so early that I have to wake up and rush straight there, but it’s also not so late that it tempts me to sleep in!
I spend the next 15 minutes making sure my backpack is prepared with the right materials, getting my shoes on, and (since it’s currently January), layering myself with hats and scarves and gloves. I’m usually out the door around 10:45 and force myself to walk to class rather than take the bus.
So, this concludes my morning routine, and it works quite well for me! It sets me up for a productive day, puts me in a decent mood and has me fueled on coffee, the liquid of the gods. Every semester, I try really hard to schedule my classes so that I have a little bit of time for myself in the mornings before I’m out the door. Mornings are my favorite part of the day so I try to enjoy them as much as I can!
How to create your own energizing morning routine:
- Start your morning off with water. We get very dehydrated while we are sleeping, which is why we feel so sluggish and gross when we wake up! Water will get our bodies nice and prepped for the day, energizing us and hydrating us. Do this first thing!
- Have a morning treat! For me, this is coffee. I look forward to my coffee when I wake up, and the added plus is that it’s caffeinated, which is obviously a pick-me-up. Find something that suits you, whether that be coffee, a morning tea, a bowl of fruit, etc. Try not to go for something too hardy or unhealthy, obviously; but find a treat that gets you out of bed and helps you wake up in the morning.
- Don’t be in a rush. If possible, wake up early enough that you won’t be rushed to get ready and out the door. This becomes stressful and tiring for us, setting us up for a bad mood and exhaustion throughout the day. Try to give yourself at least 15 minutes in the morning to relax and enjoy waking up. This will allow your body to wake up and your mood to lighten up.
- Spend time on something you enjoy. This is why I choose to browse other blogs in the morning. This not only improves my mood, but also inspires my creativity, waking me up and motivating me for the rest of the day. Maybe spend 10 minutes on a hobby of yours or indulge in a magazine that inspires you! Anything that you find fun and relaxing that doesn’t drain your energy or your mood.
- Do something productive. I have the luxury of being able to work for an extended period of time on my blog in the mornings, but I know many of us don’t have that much time when we wake up. If you can do so much as make your bed in the morning, it will make you feel accomplished and therefore energized! Accomplishing something small or finishing a small task is enough to make us feel pleased to have done something productive already in the day, setting us up for a positive rest of the day.
Hopefully with these tips, you might be able to arrange something in the morning that wakes you up a bit more and sets you up for a good rest of your day. Of course, you are welcome to use my routine as an example! Even if you’re not a morning person, mornings are our first impressions of the day, so it’s important to make a good impression!
Let me know what you do in the morning that sets you up for a good day, or puts you in a happy mood.
See you soon everyone!