December 2, 2023

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Get Up and Brace the Day

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By: Julia Lennon

It’s tough. Getting up as a teenager early in the morning and being sent off to school immediately for hours and hours is something that students in and outside of Garnet Valley High School struggle with. For students who have trouble waking up in the early morning, here is some crucial advice to take into consideration:

  1. Set more than one alarm. Personally, having just one alarm is not entirely effective. I always wind up hitting “snooze”, or, in one case, deleting the actual app. (I guess I was very tired that morning!) So try setting a few alarms so you know you can trust yourself a little better to get up.

  2. Have your outfit picked and laid out the night before so there is no stress of throwing something together as soon as you wake up. It will also save time and allow you a few extra minutes of sleep.

  3. Be sure to charge your devices, phones and laptops, before you go to bed so they are ready to grab and go for school the next day.

  4. Multitask: eating your cheerios while tying your shoes never hurt anyone:)

  5. Have a To-Do list. This way, you will not forget anything once you have checked it off your list, and you will build strong organizational skills.

  6. Try visualizing the daily tasks you have to complete. If you need to go see a teacher about homework or a club, be sure to have that in mind beforehand so you know what you are doing once you get to school.

  7. Make it easy on yourself and have items like your backpack, lunch, and homework in the same place so you are not running all over your house and accidentally miss the bus or show up late to school.

  8. If you pack your lunch, try packing it the night before. This is what I do, and it saves me a lot of time in the morning.

  9. Breathe. Just close your eyes the moment you wake up and take a deep breath. Fill your lungs with air and let yourself relax. Do not start your day off stressed but instead take a minute to gather your thoughts and confidence for the day ahead.

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