- Category: Volume 88 (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)
- Published: 22 March 2017
- Written by MARIE SOLDO | STAFF WRITER
Waking up in the morning and preparing for your day is a struggle for everyone, especially if you are not a morning person. If the sound of your alarm clock is the equivalent of nails on a chalkboard, as Entrepreneur magazine puts it, then keep reading to discover ways on how to improve your morning routine.
First, changing the sound of your alarm will eliminate the “nails on a chalkboard” sensation associated with the sound of waking up. Your alarm should be something more pleasant than a loud repetitive beeping or buzzing sound. It also helps to open up your curtains or blinds and let the sun shine through. Avoiding the use of technology in the morning helps to eliminate distractions and start the day off productively.
Stephanie Brady, a senior communication student, offers some advice for improving one’s morning routine. “I’ve read that instead of waking up and immediately checking your phone and all your social media, it is better to get up and stretch. I also read that if you still feel tired you should drink a glass of cold water,” said Brady.
Choosing one’s outfit for the following day and creating a to-do list will save you time in the morning and help you to stay organized throughout the day.
A second way to improve your morning routine is working out. Begin your day with a workout that makes you feel good and sets the tone for the rest of the day. Exercise helps to eliminate stress, which is beneficial to college students that experience the need to constantly meet due dates and keep their grades up.
While stretching and ice cold water can help your morning routine, a little bit of yoga can be beneficial too. Eleanor Novek, a professor of communication, would like to incorporate yoga into her morning routine. “My ideal morning routine would be to: kiss my husband, get out of bed, make a cup of green tea, and do about fifteen minutes of yoga as the sun rises. But I haven’t incorporated the yoga yet,” she said.
Stretching in the morning can improve posture, increase blood flow, and result in fewer aches and pains.
On the other hand, sophomore health studies student Baylee Kilfoil-Greaves wants to incorporate coffee into her morning routine. “I usually wake up, get dressed, brush my teeth, and run to class. I would improve by trying to wake up on time and get breakfast with coffee.”
Hitting the snooze button is a habit that must be broken to improve one’s morning routine. Natalie Merlo, a senior communication student, admits to pressing the snooze button too often. “I personally always hit the snooze button on my alarms, which eventually results in me running late to things. I’m trying to get myself in the habit of going to bed early enough to get eight hours of sleep,” she said.
Implementing these strategies into one’s morning routine is important, but maintaining a positive mindset is vital to ensuring that these tactics are effective. Even if you have a long, stressful day ahead of you, looking at the positives will have a significant impact on the outcome of your day. Reminding one’s self that even on the busiest days there will eventually be time to relax helps to maintain motivation. Coffee is also a necessity to get through the busiest of days. Rook, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Starbucks all help college students satisfy their craving for an energy boost.
According to Lifehack, you experience 25,000 mornings in our adult life, so make each morning count and do whatever you can to improve your morning routine. Drink some water, avoid that snooze button, and have a positive mindset so that those 25,000 mornings can be a little bit easier.
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