Four essential components to your college morning routine

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Grace Millsap
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Life in college can be hectic. We have to balance not only our classes, jobs, and extracurriculars, but also a social life, sleep, self-care, and so much more. How you start the day determines how the rest of your day goes. Every morning I make time for these essential steps to begin my day with intention, minimize unnecessary stress, and ensure my success throughout the entire day. Here are four key steps I take to help guarantee that I have an amazing day, every day. 

Start the night before

The best morning routines start with a good evening routine. I always check my calendar to see what needs to be done the next day and plan for the day ahead by writing my to-do list as well as a loose schedule for the next day. By looking at what needs to be done the day before and scheduling out my time for the next day, I’m able to start my morning with a sense of purpose and determination. 

Say thank you

The first thing I do when I wake up is to express gratitude for the day ahead. Expressing gratitude has a crazy amount of benefits, and saying thanks first thing sets the tone for the day. Gratitude makes you more optimistic, gives you more energy, helps you relax, increases your productivity, and so much more. Every morning I am thankful that I’m alive, I’m thankful for a brand new day ahead. Expressing gratitude is definitely the best part of my morning routine and the easiest to execute every day.

Drink a glass of water, or two

Hydration is extremely important. Water is literally the key to life. Overly hydrating first thing in the morning helps you wake up quickly and get started on your day. It completely re-energizes your brain and your body. Class can get hectic and sometimes staying hydrated can be difficult. Drinking first thing in the morning sets you up to be more hydrated and healthy throughout the day.

Write your morning pages

Morning pages are a method of journaling from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This technique involves three pages of longhand stream-of-consciousness writing as soon as you wake up. There is no right way to do morning pages. Write whatever comes to mind. I love the opportunity to dump all of my random thoughts and feelings on paper. Since beginning the practice, I’ve felt less stressed and more focused throughout the day. 

Getting your day right when you first open your eyes will keep you feeling happy and content. Not every day will be perfect, but making it the best it can be will put you in the best position possible! 


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