There is no better feeling than waking up after a long night of sleep, having some pancakes, and heading off to school well rested, full, and happy. Sadly, however, this is not always the reality. Every high school girl knows the feeling; waking up at 7:00 A.M. after going to bed four and a half hours earlier after a long night of coffee and studying, only to find that there is nothing but a half eaten slice of pizza and some soy sauce in the fridge. High school can be extremely tough sometimes! Only 8% of high school students are said to actually get enough sleep! With SATs, tons of homework, college applications, and trying to balance a social life, many high school girls tend to put sleep as the last thing on the list of priorities. Furthermore, waking up in the morning can be extremely tough; however, having a fantastic and productive morning is easy and fun to do and will make the day more successful overall! Here three steps to the best morning ever:
1. Five and Five
Two of the best ways to make your day better go hand in hand. Set your alarm clock to five minutes earlier than normal. When it goes off, try not to go back to sleep, but stay in bed. Take five minutes to stretch, maybe do a bit of yoga, and wake yourself up. In those five minutes, think about 5 happy reasons. These reasons could include but are not limited to: 5 reasons today is going to be great, 5 things I am thankful for, or 5 reasons I love who I am. You could also do a combination of these!
2. Listen to Music
Every Smart Girl has a different taste of music, but for the mornings listen to something that gets you pumped up and ready for the day. Whether it is classical, contemporary piano, Foster the People, or the newest by Selena Gomez, listen to something that makes you happy. Avoid sad, slow music and dance around to something thats going to get you ready to face the world. In need of ideas? Here are a few to get you started:
Call It What You Want -Foster the People
The Airplane Song -Scouting for Girls
King and Lionheart -Of Monsters and Men
The Remedy -Jason Mraz
Hey There, Delilah -The Plain White T’s
Add your own!
3. Eat a Good Breakfast and Stay Hydrated
Keep a reusable bottle of water by your bed and drink about a cup full of water when you wake up. Staying hydrated will help to wake you up and keep you awake. Equally as important, be sure to eat a good breakfast that includes a bit of everything, the “good kind” of sugar, carbs, and protein. Here are some ideas:
Apples or bananas and peanut butter and a baggie full of cereal like cheerios or wheat thins with a glass of milk or orange juice.
Scrambled eggs or a tofu scramble in a tortilla with cheese, avocado, and a side of berries with a glass of milk or orange juice.
Fruit smoothie with 1 banana, any frozen fruits (berries, mango, pineapple, etc.) you wish to include, 1 and a half cups of orange juice, and a handful of spinach or kale (you won’t taste it! Including a dark colored berry like blackberries or blueberries will also keep it from turning green).
Apples and cheese cubes with a side of toast with a glass of milk or orange juice.
A whole grain waffle or half a bagel with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter spread on top, sprinkled with raisins or chocolate chips if you are feeling festive. Have with a glass of milk or orange juice.
A handful of almonds, string cheese, and an apple or orange with a glass of milk or orange juice.
There you have it! Having a better morning will lead you toward a wonderful day of Living the Smart Life. Good morning, Smart Girls!