10 Tips On Becoming A Morning Person

10 Tips On Becoming A Morning Person

Make the most of your morning.
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We all have to live through mornings, why not make it a pleasant experience? Other than the obvious caffeine, here are some tips to make getting out of bed a little easier in the morning.

1. Put your alarm across the room.
Good morning! The easiest way to physically get out of bed is to make it impossible to roll over and continuously press the snooze button. You would be surprised how much more awake you will feel once you get up and stretch your legs. Now that you are already up why go through the effort to crawl back into bed? Time to attack the day.

2. Hydrate your body with water, not coffee.
Before you do anything else, throw back an entire glass of water. Water is going to wake you up faster than coffee will because it hits your system quicker than caffeine. Water immediately hydrates your cells, waking you up fast.

3. Skip social media.
Checking social media is one of the most distracting, time-consuming activities that secretly steals a lot of your “me” time in the early hours of the day. Scrolling through your Instagram or Twitter feed gets your mind in the wrong place; comparing yourself to people online and so on.

4. Write to-do lists for the day.
Writing lists helps to organize a scattered jumble of thoughts onto one nice, neat sheet of paper. It is surprising how relaxing it is to jot down all of the tasks and errands you have to complete. This way, you can entirely eject the stressful dispersion of thoughts from your brain onto a blank page.

5. In addition to water, hydrate with tea.
Drinking tea can help to kick-start digestion. Do not fret, most teas have that caffeine you crave. If you choose to go the all-herbal route, green teas have amazing natural cleansing properties for your stomach, plus it has been known to help boost the metabolism.

6. Take the time to make a nourishing breakfast.
Fact. breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Rather than getting caught up in a dieting fad, think about what will truly satisfy your body and what will give you fuel for the rest of your day. It most likely will not be a doughnut, sorry. I love having a bowl of whole grain cereal in the morning, but I dress it up with some fresh fruit on top, and I swap out dairy for almond milk. The good thing about fruit is that you can pile it on to your heart’s content. I opt for some banana, strawberries and raspberries hand-picked from the backyard. Investing time into what you eat will make you feel better throughout the entire day.

7. Add some essential oils to your morning shower.
Peppermint essential oils aid in alertness! During or after your shower dab some oil onto your pulse points like your wrists and neck/décolletage area. If you usually save showers for the nighttime, add a few drops of a citrus-based essential oil to your cleanser to wake you up. Lemon properties help to restore the skin’s complexion and boost skin brightness.

8. Journaling.
Ease your mind and calm your thoughts. This is another way to skip out on social media. Journaling allows the time to reflect and become in touch with where you are mentally and spiritually. This simple act is balancing for the mind and the soul; it helps you to focus on yourself rather than focusing on what other people are doing in their lives.

9. Light a candle.
Your favorite scent only adds to the tranquility of a morning to yourself. Change the scent selection depending on the season. In the spring and summer time lean towards something fruity, floral and light. Fall and winter is best for musky, warm scents such as pumpkin, vanilla and ginger.

10. Focus on YOU.
Detach from the outside world, put your phone in a drawer, unplug completely. Time slows down once you remove all distractions and stress depletes. Use this time for total relaxation. You deserve it. Enjoy!

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.
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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black and white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble; and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time, until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling; whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die," or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you, you are not alone.

If you're thinking about hurting yourself please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionhotline.org to live chat with someone. Help it out there and you are not alone.


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Freshman Year Of College Taught Me Important Lessons That I'll Never Forget

What people don't tell you about your first year of college.

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Everyone looks forward to the day he or she walks across a stage and receives a high school diploma. The unlimited possibilities that college will hold for you and the new people you will meet are exciting. Going into college, I didn't know what to expect. I had heard stories on how to make friends, what to do to maintain a social and academic life, and how to not allow the new environment to overwhelm me. However, this did not make my transition into college any easier.

I believe the most important thing l learned that no one told me was the fact that not everyone is going to have the same heart as you, and that's okay. There will be people who will make you question if you made the right decision or if you are doing something wrong. I transitioned from being surrounded by people who had similar qualities as me to people surrounded by people who could not be more different. That is part of the college experience.

Everyone comes from somewhere different and think and act in various ways. College has made me more open to different ideas and allowed me to realize that not everyone will always be kind to you. How other people treat you is not always a reflection of how you treat them. College has taught me to let the little things that bother me go because there is no point to waste time on something that is not going to impact you in a positive manner.

The next lesson I've learned since I started college is that it's okay to be alone; it's even okay to want to be alone. One of the things stressed to me before I started college was to put myself out there and do everything I can do to meet new people. Which I did, and am so glad because I have met some people who I couldn't live without now.

However, that does not mean I never want alone time. For me, I have noticed that in order to focus on myself mentally I need a day or two away from all the commotion that is college. Being alone helps me clear my head and focus on what I need to do in order to be my bests self. I came to the conclusion that being alone and being lonely are two entirely different things, something I did not realize in high school.

Overall, the first semester of college helped me understand myself more. I know that in order to succeed you need to make yourself happy first, not anyone else. No matter how important they are to you. College is a tough transition for anyone, no matter how prepared you think you are. And by putting your needs first, it makes the transition a little easier.

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