5 Tips to Survive Early Mornings

It can be hard to get motivated in the mornings. People always ask me how I do it – how I became a ‘morning person’. It’s not always easy – the alarm for 6:30am comes way too soon! It’s tough, but we have to do it! Here’s how I make it through those tough mornings.

  • Set a strict bedtime. Sleeping every night by 11:30pm and waking up at 6:30am gives me a solid 7 hours of sleep. This makes it much easier for me to wake up in the mornings when I’ve had the proper amount of sleep, and when I stick to a sleeping routine. Each person is different and might need a different amount of sleep to feel well-rested. I know personally I need 7 hours to feel rested and to be productive during the days. Maintaining a solid sleep is ESSENTIAL for me.
  • Put on some upbeat music. I love listening to Sirius XM Radio when I first get out of bed. The upbeat music helps me to wake up, and the morning talk shows can be interesting sometimes. When the house is too quiet, it makes me sleepy and encourages lazy behavior.
  • Brew coffee. I always start brewing my coffee while I am getting ready for the day. The aroma of brewing coffee fills the house and awakens me even more. I love to experiment with different syrups and flavors, so the options inspire me to be creative with my coffee.
  • Prep the night before. I always try to get my lunch ready the night before, so I can just put it in my lunchbox in the morning. I hate rushing around and being late. If I do happen to wake up late, unfortunately lunch is the first thing I have to sacrifice because I don’t have time to get it ready. For breakfast, I usually have a quick bowl of homemade cinnamon oatmeal with chia seeds and flax seeds. This is easy to prepare in the mornings and is a nutritious, filling way to start my morning. Having my food organized the night before makes it a lot easier in the mornings to get ready, relax, and focus before the day starts.
  • Dress for success. I believe as medical students we should always look our best because we never know what we might encounter, or who we might meet. My dad always used to tell me “as a future doctor, it’s important to look the part”. I personally always feel better and more motivated to get things done when I look my best! When I dress in comfortable clothes, it encourages me to be lazy. Dressing up for the day helps me to wake up and get out of my ‘sleepy’ stage. Here are some of my ‘effortless’ outfits that are easy to put together, but are still comfortable:
    • Dress (and cardigan): Dresses are one of the easiest things to throw on, and one of the most professional. Whether it be a casual sundress or a business dress, it looks like you spent time on yourself to get ready. I often throw a cardigan sweater over my dress because I get cold in class, which also completes the look.
    • Black leggings and tank top blouse: I love this look. It’s simple, versatile, and effortless. Leggings are also a plus because you can dress them up while still being comfortable. I love wearing sequined tank tops, lace tops, or tanks with cute prints on them. As mentioned before, layer a cardigan over it to make it a little more professional.
    • Colored jeans and tank top or shirt: I have several pairs of colored jeans! I absolutely love them. They are so versatile and you can mix/match with shirts/tanks to create a coordinated look with very little effort. Some of my favorite colors I own are dark red, royal blue, and white jeans.
    • Living on the island, it’s easy for me to pair these outfits with a cute pair of matching sandals. I have 4 pairs of sandals that I rotate through to mix up the look of my outfits. Back when I was living at home in the states, I’d wear these outfits with an adorable pair of boots in the fall/winter seasons.
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