5 Steps to Becoming a Morning Person

Before getting to this post, I have important information for anyone that lives in Tampa--GO TO OXFORD EXCHANGE.

If you haven't been there, you're missing out (I know I was!); and if you have been there, why didn't you tell me about it?! It's perfect, everything is perfect, life is perfect.

Basically, it looks like this (which I posted on Instagram):

Beautiful, right?! The perfect place to read and write while drinking their moderately priced coffee and feeling like a fancy hipster (which may be an oxymoron).

They also have a room that is basically the equivalent of Anthropology, a bookstore, and a restaurant.

At said restaurant, they serve really awesome breakfast.

That omelette was no joke, and I don't even like eggs.

Now, getting back to this post--my friends decided we were going to make this trip to OE at eight in the morning on our day off. What? I don't even have class that early. Madness.

As my alarm went off at 6:30am, it was reconfirmed for the hundredth time in my life that I am not a morning person. But I should be, and so should you--and here is how to do it.

1. Work on getting up early. Baby steps are key. I wake up at 7:30 for class, so 6:30 isn't that big of a jump--but I would say work on it in increments of 15 minutes ever few days.

2. Move around. It's really easy to want to hangout in bed for a few extra minutes, but getting up and moving around really helps wake you up. Maybe do some yoga, I want to try it; I haven't, but I'll get there.

3. Listen to upbeat music. The Ed Sheeran Pandora station is my soulmate, but it does nothing to make me want to seize the day at an unnaturally early hour. Somewhere on Spotify there will be a "Wake Up" or "Mood Booster" playlist--that's what you're looking for. (Or listen to 5 Seconds of Summer and The 1975 because I'm freakishly obsessed with both at the moment).

4. Drink tea. I'm sure there is a better and more scientific way to say this, but basically tea disperses caffeine through your body at a slower rate than coffee. So instead of the rush that coffee gives you (which leads to you being tired later) it wakes you up gradually and then keeps you feeling energized.

5. Have a plan for yourself. Let me tell you, breakfast is a fantastic motivator. (It's food). But even just planning on relaxing and reading your favorite book will work. Setting a thing to do helps get you up, instead of just dragging yourself around thinking about how tired you are.

Do you have any other tips on how to become a morning person?

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