Waking up on the Right Foot: A Guide to Building a Morning Routine

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By Cayla Clement

This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 8 of VARSITY News.


Waking up is hard for almost everyone but especially for us students. After a long night studying or finishing up assignments, the last thing we want to do is wake up at the crack of dawn and be productive. However, getting up early enough to have time for a morning routine is super beneficial not only for productivity, stress levels, and motivation, but it is also a great way to set your day up for success.


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Many experts (and celebrities) swear by their morning routines, which usually include waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends. But, realistically, following a morning routine every day takes time at first. The commitment can be hard, but you reap amazing benefits once your routine becomes a habit. Some of these benefits include:


  • Increased productivity and motivation for the day.
  • More energy and a more restful night’s sleep.
  • Less stress and worries for that day.
  • Increased self-discipline and overall health.


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An example for a morning routine that I personally follow and have experienced the benefits of includes:

  1. Waking up at the same time every day, but ensuring you slept for 6-8 hours the night before (even if you didn’t get those hours, for example on a weekend, you should still wake at the same time).
  2. Drinking water with or without lemon first thing in the morning (and then coffee!)
  3. Meditating/praying/breathing exercises or yoga.
  4. A short workout (depending on your exercise regime; you could include your full workout in the mornings).
  5. Having a healthy breakfast (there are lots of make-ahead breakfasts like overnight oats that you can prepare the night before to save time in the morning).
  6. Showering and other personal hygiene
  7. Getting dressed and ready for the day as soon as possible. By doing this, you are more motivated to get out the house and head to campus.
  8. Writing down a list of worries, anxieties, and tasks that need to be done. Along with this, you could spend a few minutes writing down what you are grateful for that day or just journal your feelings.


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Implementing a routine that fits into your schedule takes commitment and self-discipline. You will have days where you cannot complete your routine, and that’s okay. If you struggle with or forget to follow your routine, there’s a great app called ‘Calm’ on the App Store, and others similar to it, that notify you and let you customize your morning, noon, and evening routines. These apps have goals and videos that help you get into your routine.


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