We love college life. You can shamelessly stay up until 3 a.m. binge-watching your favorite TV shows, roll up to class in the same clothes you wore to bed, and you can totally get away with some not-so-great food choices day after day. But as fun as this is, it can sometimes leave you in a bit of a slump. Can you relate? Here’s how to start feeling like you’ve got it together again.
1. Make your bed.
It’s such a quick task, but we understand why most people neglect it. You’re just going to get back in there again at the end of the day, after all. But in all seriousness, it really does give you a sense of accomplishment, which is a great way to start the day. Is it worth it? We think so.
2. Get to that task you always put off.
Is there a task on your to-do list that you just keep putting it off? It happens to most of us, and—more times than not—it ends up being much less dreadful than you anticipated. The hardest part is getting started, so make today the day you finally cross that straggler off your to-do list. No if’s, and’s or but’s!
3. Wake up early.
No, we’re not saying you should neglect some much-needed sleep. If you’re going to set your alarm a bit earlier, make sure you’re also hitting the hay at a reasonable time as well. Why is this worth it? Rushing through your morning routine leaves you stressed, which pretty much sets the precedent for the entire day. A relaxing morning means you can save your energy for the things that really matter, instead.
4. Take the time to pick a nice outfit.
First of all, we’re totally not hating on the convenience of rolling out of bed and rocking sweats to class. Hey, no judgement! But sometimes, it really does feel good to take the extra effort and put on a nice outfit. When you feel like you look put together, you’ll also feel put together (which is great fuel for a productive day)!
5. Get in some more steps.
Between classes, study sessions, and just chilling in your dorm, there isn’t a whole lot of movement going on throughout the day. Making sure you get more steps into your day can wipe out that sluggish feeling. Try taking the longer route to class, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or even just going for short walks during your study breaks.
6. Add more colors into your meals.
Ramen, Easy Mac, pizza…College diets aren’t exactly the healthiest. After all, a busy schedule can make anyone opt for the most convenient food choices out there. You don’t need to change your entire diet to feel like you’ve got it together (although if you want to, go for it!), but simply grabbing an extra piece of fruit at the dining hall or adding a vegetable side dish is a great start.
7. Prepare your belongings for tomorrow.
Did we mention that rushing through your morning routine isn’t fun? Well, it’s worth mentioning again. You’ll also probably sleep much better knowing that you have one less thing to worry about when you wake.