We've all heard the saying that once you get out of high school, it becomes basically impossible to wake up before 8 a.m. And sometimes that really starts to feel true. I was there, too, at one point.
But I overcame! Mostly because I was forced to wake up early for work, and one day I was like, "I'm tired of hating this" and now I love mornings! (I promise this is not fake news.)
So, here's my formula on how to bounce back from being a bitter night owl and actually enjoy the mornings.
1. Do your best to go to bed at a decent time.
You will never regret time spent sleeping a little extra. Put away the phone before you go to sleep, too. While we're on the topic...
2. Put away your phone right after waking up.
Laying in bed scrolling through Instagram and viewing Snapchats will only sink you deeper into the enslavement of your cozy bed (soRRy foR tHe dRaMa).
3. Get up at the first alarm.
have to go to the gym in the morning to become a morning person. All it takes to wake yourself up is to bend over and stretch a little bit. Don't just sit down and let yourself fall back into a daze. Turn on a playlist on Spotify and stretch it out. Or go for a run if that's your thing. Can't relate.
Get yourself a cup of iced water to wake yourself up, preferably before eating. Also, just as a PSA, a good cup of coffee is still 98.75 percent water so, I mean, BASICALLY the same as a glass of water.
6. Make yourself an easy, healthy breakfast.
Ensured way to make you feel good about yourself before the day even starts. Just an egg (or an omelet) with cheese, ham, or spinach. Greek yogurt with granola and fruit literally tastes like a dessert and is good for you?! What is this sorcery? You could prep smoothie bags for an easy on the go breakfast. And if all else fails, bagels and cream cheese are never out of the question. Or banana with peanut butter.
7. Do something for yourself or spend time on what's important to you.
Get some extra work done on that paper or test coming up. Get breakfast with a friend and catch up. Plan for the week. Spend some time in prayer and meditation on God's Word.
Sometimes it can be hard to focus on this stuff when it's an early morning, so sometimes at least starting out, maybe you could treat yourself. Go out to a coffee shop (still in your comfy clothes of course) but being surrounded by people going about their lives can be refreshing and motivating to get stuff done. Also, more coffee to wake you up. Score.