You open your eyes slowly as sunlight washes over you like a wave.
You take in a full breath of air and release the tension. You sit as still as water, taking in the new day. And once you’re ready, you stand.
How does that sound? Relaxing, right?
Having a good morning routine could be the difference between a great day and a day you desperately want to forget. School is already rough so why not try and make the days easier by doing some things you love every morning.
That is why you should create a morning routine that excites you.
To help you start your morning right I have handpicked some things you can incorporate into your morning routine. So without further ado, let’s get into the perfect morning routine for students.
Wake Up Early
No, this isn’t the part where I say “wake up at 5am, you’ll thank me later” because I don’t even have the power to wake up that early. And I always practice what I preach.
But make sure you wake up early enough to leisurely run through your morning routine.
Waking up in a rush could kill your mood for the entire day. If you know your morning routine takes 40 minutes then be sure to plan your wake up time accordingly.
You will feel more relaxed and it will put you in a good mood for the day.
Claim The Day
Affirmations are more powerful than you think.
Some people think they have no effect but positive self affirmations have proven benefits such as reducing stress and lowering the ability to focus on negative experiences.
That being said, claiming that it will be an amazing day is a great tradition to add to your morning routine. It will allow you to focus on all the positive experiences you have that day as opposed to the negative experiences.
Try saying a few of these affirmations in the morning:
- I am grateful for this beautiful day I am about to experience
- I can and will achieve greatness
- I am capable of every dream and worthy of every desire
Start with one of those affirmations or create one on your own. They will help you stay optimistic throughout your entire day.
Move Your Body
If you’re anything like me, exercising in the morning sounds intimidating. But you don’t have to do a full on workout routine every morning just be sure to move your body.
One of the least intimidating physical activities you could do in the morning is stretching. Stretching is scientifically proven to wake you up by helping with your circulation. Not only is it really beneficial but it only takes a few minutes.
You could even do most stretches while sitting in the bed.
So be sure to really stretch your body and loosen up for the day. Your body will thank you afterward.
Get dressed every morning, even if you don’t have to get dressed that day.
You may not have class but getting dressed puts you in the right state of mind. Whether you recognize it or not your brain associates pajamas/sleepwear with relaxation.
If you try to do work in your pajamas you will have a harder time focusing. If you wear the clothes you are used to wearing while studying your brain will recognize that it’s time to work.
It makes life 10 times easier if you make the effort to get dressed daily, your brain will only have to work half as hard to focus.
I know you have heard this a million times but I’ll say it again.
Breakfast is extremely important.
Eating breakfast can actually improve concentration, test scores, and energy levels. Trust me, paying attention in class is already hard enough but adding hunger on top of that is a death sentence.
I know eating breakfast every day may sound like a chore but it can be as simple or as complicated as you make it.
Some simple options would be cereal, a bagel, fruit, breakfast smoothie, or a frozen store-bought meal. Try some of these options and see what sticks. But be sure to eat something or you’re destined for a hard day.
There is something about a clean room that makes you happy in the morning.
It’s the beauty of clearing your space and ultimately your mind. Tidying up in the morning is a process that can become very relaxing and peaceful.
Making your bed, cleaning your desk, and putting everything in place before you leave for class will make you feel accomplished. It is your first task of the day and it feels great to accomplish a task in a matter of minutes.
So cleaning can not only be therapeutic, but it can also motivate you to have a productive day.
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Something You Love
This is the most important. You want to have something to look forward to in your morning routine.
It will motivate you to get out of bed and start your day.
So make sure you incorporate something you love into your routine. That could be your favorite playlist, a coffee drink you love, or a breakfast food you can’t live without. Just be sure to pick something.
It makes your morning more enjoyable and puts a smile on your face right at the beginning of the day.
Check Your Calendar
It has to be done.
The final part of your morning routine should be to check your calendar. Before you strike out and start your day you have to know what you are dealing with that day.
It’s good to mentally prepare yourself for what lies ahead. Quickly check over your calendar and figure out your first priority.
Then you can take the day step by step so you don’t get overwhelmed. Before you know it, the day will be over.
I want to be sure you know everything to create the best morning routine so I included some bonus tips that are worth remembering when planning your routine.
These extra tips will help you create an easy and positive morning routine you will love to wake up to each day.
Stay off your phone
It’s easy to roll over in bed and grab your phone but that’s a bad habit.
Checking your phone when you first wake up will lengthen the amount of time you are in bed.
How many times have you woken up and stayed on your phone for an hour checking social media, the news, and whatever else is designed to keep your attention? Probably many times, so to defeat this issue don’t check your phone until after your morning routine.
It will give you the time to focus on yourself so you can have a calm day.
Avoid negative thoughts
Right, when we wake up it can be easy to get stressed out because you have the whole day ahead of you.
Your calendar may be completely booked so it’s easy to be overwhelmed.
So instead of waking up and stressing out, try to block out those negative thoughts.
I know it is easier said than done but it helps if you think of everything one step at a time. Just focus on your morning routine to avoid the bad energy that may be trying to trickle in.
When you are done with your routine then you can focus on the rest of your day. But let the first few moments of your day be all about you.
Prepare the night before
A great morning starts the night before.
Make your morning a bit easier by planning the night before. You can pick out your outfit, pack your bags, and take out all the things you know you are going to use in the morning.
This will make your morning extremely effortless. Prepping the night before allows you to just run through the motions when you wake up. There is no stress or decision-making, just grab and go.
So to elevate your morning routine be sure to plan the night before.
Wrap it Up
Now you have the perfect morning routine for students.
Crafting a good morning routine can be tricky and it takes some trial and error. Everyone is different but it’s important to remember to do whatever makes you happy.
If exercising in the morning doesn’t make you happy, don’t do it. A great morning routine is supposed to motivate and relax you. It’s the time you get to focus on your needs. So do what makes you happy.
As always I love hearing what you have to say, comment below something you love doing every morning.
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