How to Become a Morning Person

I Became A Morning Person When I Decided To Have A Good Day

For those days when you just really can't leave your bed.

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I used to hate getting up in the morning, rushing out the door, and driving to school through frustrating traffic. Even on weekends or days I could sleep in, my body simply wouldn't let me rest because it felt the residual stress of all of my other mornings. Once I got to college, I decided to succeed in becoming a person who loved mornings. I wanted to learn to embrace the day, and this is how I did it.

1. The Right Playlist

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Making a playlist that got me hype was really important. I love being able to do makeup or get dressed along to a beat. If you're not trying not to wake up everyone around you, you can always use headphones! I've found that rap was too hard while my chill playlist was too soft to get me motivated. For me, listening to a nice blend of EDM and feel good songs were the right mixture to get me in a happy mood because let's face it, who's going to be super happy when they're rubbing sleep out of their eyes?

2. Lay out your outfits/materials the night before

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I've found that wearing something you're comfortable but also feeling good about yourself is a perfect way to turn an average day into a good one. If you feel good in it, then other people will notice. However, reaching for those super cute shoes that pinch your toes isn't the best move. They may look good, but if you're going to be on the go, make sure you're comfortable enough to perform to your potential.

3. The night before, write out what you need to get done.

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I always keep a planner that includes big projects, exams, and daily to-dos. For errands, I keep an electronic list on my phone in reminders. I typically like to have everything on paper so it's all in front of me (and it just feels SO good to check it off) but the electronic version is perfect for errands that you have to do that day, such as a trip to the convenience store or a grocery list. Each night, I write in one column what has to be done the next day and what can wait. Separating it into what you need to do and what you would like to do is helpful for when you're planning your day. Then, the next day you can feel more ready to face the day.

4. Switch off the electronics.

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To be honest, getting little to no sleep sucks and we've all been there. Coffee helps and I seriously recommend it, but if it becomes an everyday feeling, consider turning off your phone, computer, or tablet at least and hour before you want to go to bed. Trust me, it helps. However, if you can't help yourself, you can always place your electronics on the other side of the room. I keep my phone far from my bed so that I have to get up to turn off my alarm.

4. Stop listening to everyone whine about the morning/how early it is.

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While it's true that misery loves company, wallowing in pity for yourself is not helping your mental state. Simply changing your approach to a situation and do wonders for how you feel. If you simply choose to not complain to your friends about the morning and how much it sucks, then you'll start seeing it differently.

5. Don't forget to make time in the day for people you care about.

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I've found that the times where I said no to hanging out with friends or loved ones, my mental state suffered. First of all, staying working for too long can be harmful to your mental health. Make sure to schedule time for being around people that support you and make you laugh.

Overall, choosing things and people I love has made me more of a morning person. Although we can all get caught up in the work grind sometimes, it's nice to wake up knowing that it's going to be a good day, and that is ultimately how I got over my fear of the mornings.

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From The Girl Who's In Shape But Not Perfect

Embrace the treadmill. But also embrace pizza.
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So, here's the thing:

I'm a girl who is in shape, but hey, I'm still human. Let me explain...

I can run a 5K.

But I still get completely winded going up the stairs.

I go to the gym most days of the week.

But, I have a lot of days where I just don't move from my bed.

I try to eat healthy as often as I can.

But sometimes, a whole pizza with everything on it is the only thing that hits the spot.

I have muscles that I'm proud to show off.

But I also have rolls when I sit, which I am also proud to show off.

I'm also proud to admit that:

Chocolate is still my stress reliever.

Some days I can't get myself to go to the gym.

Sometimes I eat a bag of Doritos after my workout.

I have days where any remote form of physical activity sounds like hell.

Food is my best friend.

So yes, I'm in shape. But I'm absolutely not the "perfect" in-shape girl.

I'm proud of my body and everything that it can do, and I treat it in the best way that I can. I stay in shape, I run, I exercise, and I eat things that are good for me. However, I'm also a girl who loves herself a burger and fries, who spends a whole day in bed, who has fat on her body and lives a normal life. I have school, work, homework, a social life - my health is absolutely one of my top priorities, but I'm not worrying about how I didn't go to the gym this day or how I ate four cookies that day. As long as I can look at myself and know that I'm treating my body well and I'm happy with myself, I'm good with it.

Your health should be important to you, but your emotional and mental well-being should be important, too. And sometimes, instead of the usual day in the gym, a day in bed is what you need.

Embrace your rolls. Embrace your muscles. Embrace that pizza. Embrace a fruit salad. Embrace your bed. Embrace the treadmill.

You're all good, girl.

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One of my favorite movies is "Fried Green Tomatoes" with Kathy Bates. In the movie Bates' character Evelyn Couch says, "Someone helped put a mirror up in front of my face, and I didn't like what I saw one bit. And you know what I did? I changed." I know the feeling.

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I looked in the mirror over the weekend and didn't like what I saw.

The person I saw looking back at me is petty, selfish, manipulative, and unattractive. It wasn't that I hated what I saw, but I definitely didn't like what I saw either. It's a surreal feeling, looking at yourself through a critical lens, and it doesn't make you feel good in any way shape or form.

The image that I see of myself is not how I want others to perceive me. I want to be someone that people look at and see kindness, compassion, strength, and confidence.

I have enough general life experience to know that these types of changes aren't going to happen overnight, and not all of them will be physical; most of these will have to happen from the inside, from within myself.

When you find out you are all broken and damaged, it's hard to know where to start putting the pieces back together. I figured the best place to start would be the most literal: my actual insides; so, I decided to embark on a deep-cleansing journey to get all of the toxins out of my body, from the inside out.

I found this book on 10-day green smoothie detox stashed away in the dark corner of my bookshelf. The science behind it seems accurate and legitimate. By eliminating certain foods, your body is able to detox itself off of chemicals and foods that are slowing down your metabolism; the smoothies are specifically designed with combinations of foods that help restart your metabolism. Part of the detox process is getting rid of all dependencies on caffeine, alcohol, and sugar.

Every day you are given the recipe for a specific smoothie; you make the smoothie (about 40 ounces) and sip on it throughout the day whenever you get hungry. Every smoothie is a combination of leafy greens, water, fruit, and flax seeds. If you do happen to get hungry throughout the day, you are encouraged to eat raw nuts, hard boiled eggs, and a wide variety of crunchy green vegetables. There is also a detox tea that you have first thing in the morning, but other than that no other beverages are allowed except water.

I know that this is only the beginning of a very long, emotional, and draining journey. But I think I'm at the point in my life where I have to make these changes. I have to put my pieces together, I have to become a normal functioning adult, I have to find out who I am. I think that this is the perfect way to start.

For the next 10 days I am going to be documenting my experiences, how I'm feeling, what my emotions are doing, and any results that I see.

Stay tuned!

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