As a kid I thought that the coffee jingle, the best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup, was depressing as hell. I mean, could you imagine the best part of peeling yourself out of bed and stepping into civilization being a cup of coffee? Bleak.
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But now that I’m a wise and tired adult I totally sympathize with Folgers and, yeah, agree. Sometimes the only thing that can rise this living dead is the promise of steaming hot coffee.
Which brings me to my next point. Let’s become morning people, you and I. I dare you. Okay, I triple doggie dare you.
Take this journey with me to becoming a morning person by following these easier-said-than-done yet totally doable steps:
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1. Cease this multiple alarm BS. We all know that the first alarm is designed to stir you out of that stage 4 sleep. The second alarm is when you should get out of bed, but we all know you’ve set a third (or fourth or fifth) and final emergency alarm that you’re going to hold out for. This multiple alarm mind set kills your ability to rise and shine. With one alarm you’re forced to wake up early and have more time to yourself in the morning.
2. Make a morning routine you want to wake for. Throwback to Folgers and a little caffeinated incentive. Tempt yourself with a morning routine that you can’t wait to start. Whether it’s a special morning treat–we love our Eggos just as much as Eleven–or a nice relaxing cuppa curled with your cat, we could all use a pick-me-up in the morning.
3. Just say no…to one more episode. If we’re being real with ourselves, the reason it’s so hard to wake up in the morning is because we watched one too many episodes of television last night. Giving you the benefit of the doubt, I’ll even go as far as to say you were up late studying. But you need your quality 8 hours a night so plan to be in bed about 8 ½ hours before you need to be up. That extra half hour is for falling asleep time, not scrolling through your phone or setting a half-hour alarm marathon!
4. Spend some one-on-one time with the morning. Mornings are beautiful, there’s is absolutely no arguing with that. The air is crisp and the sounds are peaceful; try enjoying that for a change. Whether it means sipping your coffee by an open window or taking a small stroll down the block, experience the calm of the day before horns begin their honking and teachers slam you with a first period pop quiz.
5. Supply your body with nutrients and exercise. Yeah, sleep is yet another reason to hop aboard that health wagon. I’m not saying you can’t binge out on junk food and television, I’m just saying you should add some nutrient packed foods in between. A healthy lifestyle isn’t just good for your body, it also does wonders for your mind. And a healthy mind means more restful sleep, which as you guessed, means you’ll be getting up on the right side of the bed every morning.
6. All positive vibes, man. It’s time to hippie out for a second and relax into a good vibe. Stressing over the little things in the morning will set a pretty low bar for your day. Just breathe through small inconveniences and shrug off negative thoughts. Carpe diem, namaste, and all that good energy green juice.
Well, if these steps don’t help you rise and shine like the little early bird you desire to be, just remember that McDonald’s serves all day breakfast.