What is a bed? A creature that tempts you, whom once you’ve given in to will make leaving almost impossible. A prison you could say. Nothing ever gets achieved in bed. I used to find getting out of bed near impossible some days, and that’s when the cycle starts. You spend a day in bed, no sense of achievement and a feeling of wasted time, get behind on things, remain in bed to avoid it until it grows and grows. Bed can be your ultimate downfall.
100% attendance at school seemed achievable before, until I started this journey. It’s the small things that lead to your happiness and success. Every morning, no matter what time or if I have school, I stick to the same morning routine. As difficult as it is at first, it becomes habit eventually. I set myself a few rules;
Whether a weekend or week day, always be awake and out of bed by 9am. Not only has this fixed my body clock, but also means I have so much more time in the day to get things done that need to be, without being frantic. Usually I’ll wake up at 8.30am, giving me time to ‘pre-wake up’ as such with a cup of tea and a fag and have a check through my social media so that I won’t check it for the rest of the day. Personally, a ‘pre-wake up’ makes me feel prepared and ready to get out of bed. It’s like a warm up for the Olympics of life everyday!
Once you’re out of bed, do not trespass anywhere near it again it’s risky.
Always get dressed in the morning, even if you’re not going anywhere. You look good, you feel good. Clothes are like the defining of time, getting dressed teaches your brain that it’s day time, time to get something done!
For someone who struggles with energy, multivitamins are a savoir. Whether they actually work or not, there’s always a placebo effect I find. I take a variety of multivitamins every morning, kept by my toothbrush so i don’t forget. It also makes you feel more kind of in control of yourself and body because you’re trying to do something about your energy rather than using it as an excuse. I actually just need to go and take mine…
Before you go to bed every night, make a list of all the things you need to do the next day and leave it by your bed. Read through it when you wake up and it reminds you why you need to get out of bed today. Then you can cross them off as you go and look at how much you’ve achieved each day. Even if it’s stuff like ‘have a bath’ I still write it down.
Music. But not any music, wake up to music that makes you wanna move and you cannot sleep to. I have a morning playlist that consists of things like ‘The Prodigy’ to get me motivated. Not that I reckon many people wake up to The Prodigy. I also fall asleep listening to music, but i make sure it is a complete contrast to my morning playlist so that day and night contrasts strongly in my brain.
Be active when you wake up, even if it’s just star jumps. I do squats every morning as soon as I’ve got out of bed and usually a short minute long exercise. I make sure I do it every morning to build a routine. It wakes me up and makes me determined to achieve things that day. It also means that when I look in the mirror, whether I look skinnier or fitter or not, I feel as though I am.
This is just natural for me to do every morning now, and I cannot remember the last time I ended up getting sucked into my bed for the whole day (hangovers not counted). As cheesy as it sounds, you have to dedicate yourself to life, an everyday routine, before you can dedicate yourself to anything else.
My Best Friend, 2016: “You’re so loud in the morning…”