By Jacquie Wilcox
Because many teenagers lack the proper amount of sleep, they will often wake up later and rush out of the door to go to school. While this might give you some extra sleep, this could be why many of us start out our mornings on a sour note.
- Wake up earlier. I’m sure the sound of this isn’t very appealing, but keep reading. If you begin to wake up earlier, maybe by just an hour or half an hour, you can give yourself more time to get yourself ready and take your time. Rushing to get out of the door doesn’t allow the human brain to fully wake up and process what’s going on. By getting up earlier, you can allow yourself to gradually and peacefully wake up.
- Don’t look at your phone. For many of us, checking our cell phones is part of our daily routine. Many are guilty of scrolling through Instagram before getting out of bed. However, social media is a bad influence on us, especially right out of bed. Subjecting our sleepy brains to the harshness of social media before we even get up can be extremely detrimental and maybe the reason for being in a bad mood in the mornings. It is recommend to leave your phone alone until you’ve gotten up and brushed your teeth or washed your face.
- Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine. Many people run on caffeine. I personally have a cup of coffee in the morning to wake myself up, and most other teenagers do the same. I’m not going to tell you to stop drinking coffee but limit your intake. Try to only have one or two cups of coffee a day, preferably spaced out throughout your day. Too much caffeine can make you jittery and might actually make you more tired than you were before you had it. By all means, have a cup of coffee before class, but remember to pace yourself.
- Do something productive. I’ve found that even doing something simple like making your bed when you get up can put you in a better mood and make you feel productive. You can also do something like read a couple of chapters of a book you enjoy or journaling if you’re into that. You might even choose to do homework when you wake up (though I don’t recommend leaving your homework the morning before it’s due). Whatever you do, make sure this activity makes you feel happy, peaceful, and productive. Remember, what you do in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. If you’re productive in the morning, chances are you will be productive and perform well throughout the rest of the day.
- Drink water. Water should be a major part of your life. Water makes up most of our bodies, so it’s important to properly hydrate ourselves. This can be often difficult, but starting off the morning with a glass of water before your cup of coffee will get your body running much better than it would without water.