Waking up in the morning can be a drag. It can be hard to get up the motivation to get out of bed to make it to that morning lecture. How can you make getting up in the morning easier? The Hummingbiird Team has put together 7 proven ways that make waking up in the morning easier!
1. Make your morning coffee a reward, not a routine.
This one is obvious, but make something of it. Get a hip new coffee mug, treat yourself to an early morning Starbucks, make it feel more like a reward verses a routine. That way waking up will be more exciting and the caffeine will help bring you to your lecture. However, if you’re a tea drinker, some teas have the wake-up benefit of being more caffeinated than some coffees.
Here are some fun coffees and teas to get you hyped:
- Bones Coffee
- Bean Box
- Death Wish Coffee (Amazon)
- Dunkin’ Donuts, Cinnamon Roll (Amazon)
- Peet’s Coffee, Major Dickason’s Blend (Amazon)
- Zest Tea, Blue Lady (Amazon) com
- Tea Box
- Tiesta Tea, Passion Berry Jolt (Amazon)
- Sips By, Tea Subscription
- Yaupon Brothers, Fire-Roasted Warrior (Amazon)
2. Take a cold shower.
Not that anyone loves the feeling of ice on their backs, but a brisk shower can be what gives you just enough shock to shake you awake. If the thought of hopping into a cold shower first thing in the morning is too daunting, try just rinsing off with cold water at the end of your shower. This can help you get out of the shower quicker and can also have some great health benefits for your hair and skin!
3. Lay out your clothes the night before.
This idea is most useful for those who get really excited about fashion, but if you’re not into the latest trends, it’s at least one less thing to worry about in the morning. Wearing a fresh and clean outfit is a great way to help yourself feel ready to take on the day, but when you’re tired in the morning it can be easy to throw on the first thing you see! Laying your clothes out the night before while you are getting ready for bed is a great way to make sure you look and feel your best first thing in the morning!
Make a morning playlist! If it’s Spotify, Pandora, or just using a Youtube playlist, getting yourself up to music puts you in a better mood and gets you started for the day. There are health benefits to listening to music that have been studied and some of those topics are outlined in Reader’s Digest here. You can play your favorite Spotify playlist from your speaker, your Alexa or ever your phone!
Here are some great starter playlists from Spotify to get you started:
Moving around will help stimulate your mind and make you feel more awake. You don’t need to set aside a full half hour for a morning jog, but even something simple as taking 10 minuets to do some light yoga is extremely helpful.
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6. Get enough sleep.
For most college students it’s recommended to get 8 to 10 hours of shuteye. Way easier said than done. Getting enough sleep makes it easier to wake up when you do feel rested, and sleeping enough helps with your focus. Really value your sleep in college, especially when you pull any future all-nighters. Ways to help getting to sleep include taking a warm bath to relax before bed, turning screens off an hour before sleep, or taking natural melatonin will help you rest as well.
7. Phone a friend.
Make plans for a short conversation in the morning with someone—mom, dad, aunt, your best friend, anyone. Getting up and having a conversation with someone will help activate your sense of awareness and will benefit your morning routine, if you have one. Plus we’re sure mom is wondering how college is going so far and wouldn’t mind hearing from you.