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    Updated on Aug 14, 2020. Posted on Jul 11, 2018

    You Need These 12 Hacks If You Hate Waking Up In The Morning

    Whether your morning alter ego is crabby, lazy, or forgetful, we've got a hack for you.

    1. Wake up an extra 10 minutes earlier if you can't break your morning social media habit.

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    Look, if you actually want to spend 20 minutes mindlessly scrolling through Twitter, then do it. But actually factor it into your morning routine so you don't have to feel bad about it an hour later when you're running out the door, late for work.

    2. Simplify the way you make your bed so that you actually do it every morning.

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    Are throw pillows nice? Of course. But not if they stay on the floor every morning because you "don't have time" to neatly arrange them on the bed. Stick them in the closet and just commit to pulling your blankets straight. It's a more bare-bones look, but your room will be neat and tidy when you come home.

    3. Plan out a week's worth of outfits so you don't get to Thursday and realize you don't have a clean top.

    Instead of throwing on the dress that you've worn one hundred times because you just don't want to think about it, plan your outfits at the beginning of each week. Putting on a real outfit will just make you feel more put-together without having made much of an effort at all. Learn more here.

    4. Mix up a batch of protein balls to prepare an entire month's worth of breakfasts.

    Let's face it: You're not going to make eggs for yourself, no matter how much you want to. And you need that energy even if you aren't particularly hungry. Protein balls make for a very light snack that you can nom on while you're running out the door. Get the recipe here.

    5. Hang your umbrella on the door knob the night before if the forecast is gloomy.

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    Phone, keys, wallet, umbrella!!! Visual cues are way more effective than a written reminder or electronic alarm. So if you have trouble remembering something you need in the morning, make sure it's in your line of sight. For example, if you keep forgetting to take your morning medication, put the bottle next to the coffee pot. If you keep forgetting your lunch, put a clothespin on your purse and don't take it off until the Tupperware is literally inside of it. Basically, treat your morning brain like it's stupid and make all of the necessary plans the evening before.

    6. Schedule a regular phone call with your long-distance bestie because you know they'll always give you something to smile about.

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    Even if you just spend the 10 minutes whining that you're "just soooooo tiiirrrreeeddd," you'll get to hear from someone you love before you take on the day. What could be better than that?

    7. Or let your roommate know that mornings are your alone time if you prefer not to talk to anyone when you've just woken up.


    Hey, maybe your morning brain is just not fit for socializing. Maybe it's the one time that you really just need to spend the time alone with your thoughts, mentally planning out your day. Or maybe you are a crotchety monster until around 10:30 a.m., and anyone that gets in your path faces the wrath of your half-asleep alter ego. In any case, make a rule that your morning routine will involve as little human contact as possible. Whether you vocalize that rule or not, make sure that your roommates understand that talking to you before a certain time mighhhht not be the best idea for either party.

    8. Put your favorite sitcom on in the background while you get ready, if the news is just dragging you down.

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    It's important to keep up with what's going on in the world, but not if it means you're showing up to work in a bad mood every day. Switch out the morning news channel for a show that you basically know by heart. It's hard to be crabby when you're watching Jim put Dwight's stapler in jello for the 18th time. Laughing releases endorphins, and endorphins reduce stress and raise energy. Try listening to the news during your commute home or reading the news before dinner instead.

    9. If you have kids, make a morning schedule that they have to check off so you don't have to keep nagging them to, IDK, put pants on.

    If you're a parent, chances are your mornings are the most stressful part of your day. If the worst part is having to keep track of everyone else's responsibilities including your own, build a checklist of things your kids have to do every morning before they walk out the door. Put the list in a frame and have them check off each responsibility with a dry-erase marker every morning so you don't have to remind them. It'll give them a little autonomy and take a huge weight off your shoulders. Learn more here.

    10. Incorporate essential oils like lemon, rosemary, or spearmint into your shower for some energizing aromatherapy.

    You can either mix baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, water, and essential oils and mold them into shower disks like these or add a few drops of essential oils to a washcloth and leave it at the bottom of the shower to steam. Learn more here.

    11. Spin a jade roller all over your face if your skin struggles as much as you do in the morning.

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    If you have dark circles, your skin is puffy, or you just wanna do something nice for yourself, dammit, roll the jade in an upward motion all over your face after applying a serum or moisturizer. Not only is jade rolling a really soothing, pampering activity, but it'll also brighten and tighten your skin. Even if you don't feel it, you'll look all fresh, dewy, and ready for the day. Keep your jade roller in the fridge for extra de-puffing power. Learn more here.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    12. Keep a notepad near your mirror or on your vanity so you can write down all of the things you need to remember.

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