Being a teen is tough. There’s so much to do and on top of that high school starts early in the morning. Here are 5 steps you can take to make your mornings run more smoothly. In addition, we encourage you to check out the HabitRPG app, a daily habit tracker and task manager which can help you stay on task!
Go to sleep at a consistent time. The secret to falling asleep and waking up feeling refreshed is being consistent with your bedtime. Get on a sleep schedule that you can stick with. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time. You guessed it...going to bed early is a better choice but this doesn’t mean the weekend can’t be a party. Even if you like to sleep late nights on Friday and Saturday, your body will pick up on your Monday - Friday schedule.
Plan your day the night before! Know what you will wear and pack your bag. Check your planner and review what you will be doing that day. If you need to study or go to sports practice before school, put your books and athletic gear out so you can see them when you wake up.
Don’t skip breakfast. A real breakfast, not just a little protein bar. Cereal and oatmeal are great If you’re pressed for time. Try quick oats or overnight oats (all the rage on pinterest) for long lasting energy. You can add stuff like fruits, nuts and even peanut butter. Other great ideas are scrambled eggs with spinach, a smoothie w/ greek yogurt & fruit or toast with almond butter and raisins.
Get your mind and body ready for the day. Doing things like stretching, deep breathing exercises, meditating and going for a morning walk/run will prepare you for the day ahead. If you have too much to do, just taking 10 deep breaths or spending 5 minutes stretching can make all the difference. Remember to breathe through your belly, as if you are using your body to lift the air. This important step will help you keep your cool even in difficult situations. Imagine your ideal day. What goes right? How do you react in school and at work? How do you communicate with your parents. Envision yourself being able to handle anything. You’re ready!
Review your calendar and planner again. Know what you’ll be doing and where you have to be.