10 Ways To Make A Busy Morning Less Stressful

If You're Looking To Simplify Your Hectic Morning, Here Are 10 Ways To Make A Busy Morning Less Stressful

"After all, five more minutes of sleep is always worth it."

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Whether you're in college, have an early morning high school schedule, or leave for work before the sun wakes up, we are all looking for ways to make the morning less stressful. After all, five more minutes of sleep is always worth it. Here are 10 ways to simplify an otherwise hectic morning.

1. Lay out your clothes the night before.

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You don't have to be locked to these choices but there is nothing more frustrating than waking up late and having nothing to wear. Giving yourself at least one option will take a ton of stress off.

2. Braid your hair before bed.

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Who has time to straighten or curl your hair at 6 in the morning? Trick question. No one. Control your chaos and braid your hair the night before for little to no maintenance the next morning.

3. Make sure 100% of your makeup is off.

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While it may take a moment more at night, making sure you wake up with out raccoon eyes make your makeup routine 10 times easier.

4. Idolize your concealer.

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There is something to be said for a good concealer. On days where you don't need as much makeup, conceal and be done. You'll look awake, refreshed, and natural.

5. Prepare your breakfast the night before and stick it in the fridge.

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Start your day on the right foot with some great breakfast prep. Make a smoothie or breakfast bowl the night before and stick it in the fridge. Pinterest is FULL of wonderful on the go breakfast recipes.

6. Blow dry your already dry hair.

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While this may seem pointless, a blow dryer can add body to otherwise sad and flat hair. Spend two minutes and give your dry hair the lift it needs.

7. Dry Shampoo the day away.

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Dry shampoo is a gift to human kind. Experiment with different brands and find one that fits you best. There is no better way to fix a greasy morning.

8. Keep your mascara in place with clear eye brow gel.

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This is a lifesaver for me. Somehow and some way, I always end up with mascara under my eyes. Every. Single. Day. Running over your mascara with a clear eyebrow setting gel will keep it in place all day long.

9. Order your morning coffee online.

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There is nothing more annoying than a 20 person line at Starbucks. Beat the system and place your morning order before you even leave the house.

10. Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier than you think you need to.

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Now hold on, I know this sounds less than ideal. BUT, giving yourself a moment to breathe or even just lay in bed another minute makes your morning 10 times less stressful. Who knows what crazy thing will happen in the morning; leave yourself a cushion.

There is nothing worse than leaving for work or class feeling disheveled, stressed out, and sweaty. Whatever you can do to make your morning easier to manage should be worth it. These ten tips are easy to implement and the outcomes are priceless.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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