Waking up at 7am is never easy, especially when you’ve stayed up past 2am watching Parks and Recreation the night before. Luckily I’ve discovered a few tips and tricks that have made this early mornings a lot more bearable.
1: Brush Your Pearly Whites
It’s a simple task, but if you brush your teeth first thing in the morning you will feel a hell of a lot fresher. Plus nobody wants to tuck into into their avocado and toast when someone with awful morning breathe is sitting opposite them.
Music that reminds you of a happy memory will increase your mood. Serotonin levels can increase after you listen to music so make an upbeat morning playlist on Spotify that you can dance around to whilst getting ready. Lately I’ve been playing Green Light by Lorde and You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall & Oates in the mornings.
3: Prepare Your Clothes
I understand that rummaging through your wardrobe and ironing at 8pm doesn’t sound ideal, but preparing your clothes the night before will make your morning less stressful. Say goodbye to mornings where you spend most of your time running around looking for a pair of matching socks and your favourite stripey t-shirt.
4:Wake Up Your Brain
We all feel lethargic and a bit doddery in the mornings, but one way to combat those feelings is to get your brain into action. Read the newspaper or a few pages from a book. You don’t need to read half of Ulysses, but reading in the morning will make you feel focused and it helps generate creativity.
5: Join The Breakfast Club
This tip is not about befriending Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald, even though that sounds like a dream. One vital thing you should always try to do in the morning is to eat breakfast. It’ll boost your energy levels and keep your inner hangry gremlin from being unleashed when the ticket machine at the Luas doesn’t work. Eat whatever tickles your fancy, whether that’s a bowl of coco pops or the Ron Swanson option- bacon and eggs.
“Start each day with a positive thought.”
I love Friday mornings.
On Friday mornings I can stay snuggled up in bed, instead of shivering at a crowded bus stop, waiting for the number 18 bus that never arrives on time. On Friday mornings I can wear my pajamas and my comfiest sweater, instead of stumbling around my room, searching for a pair of tights that aren’t ripped. On Friday mornings I can play my music as loud as possible, instead of struggling to hear the lyrics over the sound of my fellow commuters nattering about the weather. On Friday mornings I can read the books I adore, instead of attending early morning classes. On Friday mornings I can drink mugs of tea and warm slices of buttery toasts, instead of worrying about whether or not someone heard my stomach rumble in class.
On Friday mornings I feel happy and calm and there’s a feeling of serenity in the air. On Friday mornings I wave goodbye to early morning classes, to sleepy bus journeys and to my worries. On Friday, February 10th, I feel overwhelmingly content as I sit on my sofa, with an empty cup of tea placed on the table in front of me.
This post is for all you people that struggle to function on the tedious day that is Monday. Everybody has their bad days, especially when it comes to Mondays. There is nothing worse than waking up at the crack of dawn, eating a bowl of Tesco cornflakes and rushing around the house looking for a matching pair of socks, especially when you are hungover. In a fictional, dream world you’d be an organised and responsible person. The kind of person that prepares their work clothes and lays them out the night before, the kind of person that hops out of the bed at 6am and goes for an hour long gym session before work, the type of person that has a green spinach and avocado smoothie for breakfast. The reality is that we are nothing like our wannabe dream world selves. We don’t drink smoothies and go on jogs in the mornings, we brush our teeth over a sink full of dirty dishes as we wait for the kettle to boil.
Monday mornings are a serious struggle. They never seem to go right; from spilling cereal down your top, to missing your bus to wearing your shirt on inside out, there’s a never ending list of things that always seem to backfire on a Monday. The day may seem longer, you may forget to bring lunch with you to work, you may lose your bus ticket on the way to college, however there is no greater feeling than turning the key in your door and collapsing onto your sofa knowing that you won’t have to deal with this day for another week. As you leave the office you resemble Judd Nelson at the end of The Breakfast Club, feeling victorious that you have defeated the Monday blues.
Pat yourself on the back because you have battled against this day and won. Take it easy for the night and glue yourself to the sofa. Spend hours scrolling through Netflix in search of something to watch and then settle for that romantic comedy you’ve already watched five times. Order yourself a take away or maybe treat yourself to some of those delightful Tesco cornflakes you had earlier this morning. I’ll be spending the remainder of my Monday watching the last ever episode of My Mad Fat Diary and reading The Great Gatsby. Let me know what your plans are for this Monday night in the comment section below.