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New Semester, New Routines

If you were to go through my phone, you would find that the majority of my texts are “WAKE UP NOW!” messages from my mother, timestamped 7:40 a.m. Here are some tips for those of us who need all the help we can get in the mornings for this new semester.

The key to easier mornings starts the night before. Drink a glass of water before going to bed. You will wake up needing to use the bathroom, and it will be far less tempting to curl up and drift back to sleep.

Furthermore, it is also advised for you to drink a glass of water upon waking up. The water is beneficial to your metabolism and overall health, especially since many do not drink enough water throughout the day to stay properly hydrated.

Additionally, many fall into the trap of hitting the snooze button over and over. The most common and effective method used to combat this issue is to place your phone or alarm clock far away from your bed, forcing yourself to physically get up in order to turn it off. Other tactics include setting multiple alarms or changing your alarm to a loud, annoying song.

Lastly, leave some time in your morning routine for an activity you can look forward to. Whether it’s spending time with a pet, going through an exercise routine or listening to your favorite music, scheduling time for something you enjoy will provide an incentive to get out of bed and will also allow you to begin your day on a positive note.

But if all else fails, you can at least be proud of the fact that you can go from a sleepwalking zombie to a somewhat functioning human being in five minutes flat. That’s pretty amazing, if you think about it.