9 Ways To Make Mornings A Little Easier

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Mornings. Either you like them, or you don't. It's just one of those things. If you're like me, getting out of bed and getting ready for the day can be a struggle. There's a time period in the morning where I don't like interacting with people, I just like to wake up and get my thoughts together for the day.

Even then, I don't say "Good morning". I say "Morning", with an attempt at including the most enthusiasm that's possible at that time of day, which usually isn't much. Mornings can't really be classified as good most of the time, but they're bareable if I have a big cup of coffee. Being in the military, where my day starts from anywhere from 0500 to 0730 five days a week - and sometimes weekends, I've figured out some ways to make the beginning of my day easier.

1. Sleep.

I usually try to get 8-9 hours a sleep a night. That's the average they recommend for young adults. Of course, as you get older, you don't require as much sleep, but the more you have the better you'll be in the morning.

2. Morning shower.

Personally, I like to shower at night as opposed to in the morning, but having a shower in the morning can wake you up and leave you feeling clean and energized.

3. Eat a good breakfast.

If you can, be sure to eat in the morning. It gives you energy for the day. No one likes running on an empty stomach, especially if you have a busy day ahead of you.

4. Set multiple alarms.

If you're one to hit the snooze button, be sure to have a backup. Or two, or three. Usually within 3-5 minute intervals. If you are really bad, pick a ringtone on your phone that is something loud and obnoxious (heavy metal, anyone?). Soft, calm alarms don't do it for me, they're more likely to lull you back into sleep, or in worst case scenarios, not even wake you up at all.

5. Get your things ready the night before.

Pick out your clothes, set them out on a chair or on the foot of your bed. Pack the things in your purse, briefcase, backpack, coat, etc that you know you'll be needing. Set your coffee maker to brew automatically. It cuts down on time it takes for you to get ready in the morning if you just wake up and everything is already good to go.

5. Meet Caffeine, your best friend in the morning.

Anything with caffeine, most likely coffee/tea, can help you in the mornings significantly. Coffee is my best friend, my best, best friend. We're inseparable. It improves my mood, wakes me up and gives me energy. Plus, it tastes awesome. If I don't have my coffee in the morning, it makes mornings that much worse.

6. Exercise.

Going for a morning jog or even taking your dog for the walk is a great way to wake up. Mornings are usually cool and the temperature combined with exercise gets your blood flowing and knocks the sleep away. Follow up with breakfast and a cup of coffee and mornings are great.

7. Take a few minutes for yourself.

Personally, I don't want to speak to anyone for the first fifteen minutes or so that I'm awake. I just get my thoughts together and wake myself up. Conversation right off the bat, no matter who with, isn't something I enjoy right away. Unless of course you're a people person and are super cheerful in the mornings, avoiding other people at the start of your day is usually a safe bet.

8. Try putting on the radio or listening to your favorite playlist.

Music, especially if it's the genre you like can be a great way to start the day and get you pumped up. Whether you choose to make it upbeat and cheery or calm and relaxing, I find having music playing while I'm getting ready for the day, whether it's cooking breakfast or while I'm in the shower, makes my attitude towards the day a little more positive.

9. Have something each day to look forward to.

It can be in the morning, during work, after work/school... whatever. Make sure you plan something to do that you enjoy... say you're meeting a friend for coffee, or going to the mall to shop, watching your favorite show, or simply cooking your favorite meal for supper, having these positive things to look forward to can help make getting out of bed a lot easier.

Mornings are unavoidable, so it's best to learn to cope.

Unless you're a lucky privileged individual who sleeps until noon, or a night shift worker, there's no easy way to avoid mornings. It's good to develop a plan to make them easier, explore different routines that may work for you.

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