You’re probably familiar with those infamous warnings from upperclassmen: You may have woken up early for class in high school, but DO NOT take an early class in college.
It’s probably safe to say that if you’re here reading this, you likely didn’t heed those warnings. No worries! Not only do early classes have a bunch of perks, but they’re totally manageable with a little bit of prep. Check out what we recommend below.
1. Don’t skip breakfast.
They don’t call it the most important meal of the day for no reason! Breakfast is the fuel that gives you energy for your day, so skipping it is a big mistake if you want to rid yourself of your morning grogginess. Plus, you don’t want your stomach grumbling in class — do you?
2. Take in the sunlight.
Do you ever notice how when you wake up before the sun rises, it’s incredibly hard getting yourself going? That’s not just a lack of sleep doing that to you. Sunlight actually lets your brain know that it’s time to rise and shine. Try opening your blinds a bit before bed so that you’re not waking up in a completely dark room — and if it’s still dark outside when you’re waking, at least make sure to flip on a bedside lamp after your alarm rings!
3. Prep the night before.
We know, we know. After a busy day, you probably want to wind down at the end of the night rather than worry about the next day ahead of you. But hear us out — how do you feel when you need to brush your teeth, comb your hair, rummage for an outfit, grab a snack, and get your belongings together for class…all right after you’ve just woken up? Starting your day with a crazy to-do list right off the bat is a recipe for stress, so prep the night before and take it easy when you wake. We listed a few other ways you can speed up your morning routine here.
4. Say “no” to FOMO.
We all know the feeling. You have an important lecture first thing in the morning so you plan on staying in and getting rest, but then you see all of your friends getting ready for a night out and you just can’t stand the thought of missing out on the fun! FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out, is all too real in college. Just keep reminding yourself that there are plenty of more opportunities for fun when you don’t have to wake up bright and early.
5. Pick the right caffeine fix.
If you like grabbing a cup of coffee or tea before class, so be it! Just make sure the drink you’re choosing isn’t loaded with sugar and other ingredients that weigh you down. You may want to rethink those energy drinks!
6. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
You may not even realize it, but you might be dehydrated if you often feel drained and fatigued. Start your morning with a glass of water, and make sure to bring a refillable bottle with you to class.
7. Get yourself moving.
Okay, you don’t have to get out of bed and immediately do jumping jacks! But getting yourself moving, even if it’s just a good stretch, will help you get blood pumping through your muscles. It’s refreshing and revitalizing!
8. Laugh a little.
Mornings are rough. That’s the whole reason you’re reading this post, isn’t it? Well, that’s exactly why we think you should laugh a little. Look at a funny meme, watch that YouTube clip from your favorite late night talk show, or just crack a few jokes with your roomie! Not only will it start your day on a brighter note, but it’ll reduce your stress. Less stress = More energy.