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If you’re anything like me, you’re not a morning person. Getting out of bed is probably my least favorite part of the day, though it’s gotten a bit easier after I became more mindful of how I spend my time in the morning. Instead of waking up miserable, I’m now able to start my days with a fresh and positive mindset. This is how I did it — and how you can do it, too:

Wake up with time

As painful as it sounds, waking up earlier and giving yourself time in the morning makes a huge difference. Not only are you actually allowing your body time to warm up for the day, but you can take your morning slower and incorporate calming and healthy habits into your routine. If you’re like me, those 20 or 30 extra minutes are dedicated to simple things that make me feel more awake and ready for the day, like taking a soothing shower or indulging in a cup of coffee.

journal

I’m still new to this one, but I can tell the difference in my mood when I miss even a day of journaling. I personally use my Five Minute Journal to guide me through a fast and easy start to writing out my thoughts. Journaling forces me to begin my mornings with a positive mindset, helping me visualize how I want my day to look. There is no right or wrong way to journal. If starting with braindumps is the best way for you to start, do it! For me, a guided structure has been useful, but it’s not for everyone. It takes time to build these habits and be consistent, so be patient with yourself if you find yourself skipping some days.

get some sunlight

The first thing I do when I get out of bed is open my blinds. Obviously, not everyone has a room to themselves, so opening the window at your leisure might not be possible. If that’s the case, try taking a walk — even if it’s just to the corner and back. Trust me, it will help you feel more energetic for the day. Whether you’re opening your shades or leaving your dorm or apartment for a walk, the sooner you add sunlight into your day, the sooner you’ll feel more refreshed and energized.

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stretch

Light movement is one of my favorite ways to start off my days. If you’re like me and can’t be bothered to go to the gym in the early hours of the day, yoga or light stretching are great ways to get your blood flowing and wake up your mind and body. In the morning, my body tends to feel stiff and tight, so stretching is the perfect way to get me ready to start the rest of my morning routine.

These four fun and easy additions to your morning don’t require too much time, yet they make all the difference. These steps help me start my days off on a happy note!

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Nina is a freshman at Boston University studying Journalism and Computer Science. You can find her having dance parties in her dorm, scouring the city for the best cafe, and making random Pinterest boards.
Wish Pandey is a sophomore at Boston University studying on the pre-law track. This year, she is an editor for HerCampus BU. Outside of writing, Wish loves to travel and attend concerts!
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