7 Ways To Wake Up Motivated When You're Definitely Not A Morning Person

by Rida Sadiq

We've all felt it. We've all had those "I don't feel like doing anything today" and "I'll do this tomorrow" feelings. When you're a new college graduate looking for a job, it's essential to find some sort of inner strength to get going for the day.

You don't have to be a new college grad, either. You can be a college student, struggling to get through classes, or a 9-to-5 worker who can't stand that friendly morning co-worker, who screams "good morning," and tries to start a conversation at 8 am. (Just not right now, Linda.)

To start the day in a positive light takes practice, some thinking and maybe five shots of espresso. OK, maybe not always the last one. But it does help, doesn't it?

Sometimes, the power of motivation and conquering the day is all in one's head. Some people actually have the "think positive, be positive" mentality 365 days a year. But most normal people have some days when they just want to Netflix and chill by themselves, eat candy and do absolute nothing.

I wish it was possible to live like that sometimes, but if we all were to do that, we wouldn't accomplish anything in the world. Think of all those ideas and inventions that wouldn't have been invented: like selfie sticks, for example.

OK, maybe that's not the perfect example. But hey, they are popular.

In order to take on the day -- whether it involves work, school or running errands -- we need to get some motivation in at the beginning of the day.

The mornings can be the worst. You just want to sleep in and snuggle with the new blanket you got over the weekend.

Mornings are everyone's weakness, especially when you have so many responsibilities to tend to. You're just not having it.

Nope. No way. Maybe tomorrow.

Here are seven small, simple ways to get motivated. I can guarantee they haven't crossed your mind:

1. Hygiene

Yeah, it may sound self-explanatory, but brushing your teeth will make you feel fresh, take out all that bad breath and have you feeling like a brand new person.

Also try washing your face or scrubbing it with an exfoliator. Not only will washing your face help you wake up, it will also get rid of all those dead skin cells that form while you sleep.

2. Breakfast

It's the most important meal of the day, and I think everyone knows this. Eating a decent-sized breakfast can do wonders. It gives you energy, and allows you to actually get up and and start your day (which can be a task itself).

If you can, try to eat with a parent, roommate or friend. This allows you to start your day with conversation.

Don't just go through the drive-thru in a hurry. (Although some days, this is a necessity.)

3. Outfit

Whether it's for your job, a day at class or a visit to grandma, having an amazing outfit for the day will help you take it on with strength and confidence. The saying "look good, feel good" comes into play big time here.

A good outfit takes time to put together, and this will allow you to make use of that time. Some days, yoga pants and Ugg boots are acceptable, but having a kickass outfit will make you feel like Beyoncé at the Grammys.

If you have time, do it the night before. It will make you look forward to the day, and even get you more motivated for the morning ahead.

4. Exercise

Sometimes, the last thing on your mind is getting up and going to the gym. But having a great workout will motivate you to take on the day, as well as feel healthy while doing it.

Working out releases dopamine, which actually makes you feel happy and energized. Its release can give you a kickstart for the day ahead.

5. Conversations

Conversations can actually help you get into your day. But don't have conversations on Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter. Those are just going to make you more focused on your phone.

Sometimes, the last thing you want to do is talk to your co-workers about the week's reports. But starting a conversation can actually get you in the mood to do things.

Compliment a fellow classmate on his or her outfit, ask a co-worker to go out to lunch or talk about something that happened on the latest episode of "The Walking Dead." It really doesn't matter how long you talk for, or what the subject is about.

Go say hi to your boss. Conversations can sometimes help solve problems, and they release unwanted stress or anxiety.

6. Music

Putting on music can actually make a person feel very energized and happy. Music makes you want express yourself, and it also helps you feel open.

Music makes you want to conquer the day. So put on The Weeknd, Selena Gomez or whatever kids these days are listening to, and get going.

7. Confidence

Know that your confident self will be able to accomplish whatever you need. Never doubt yourself. The more confident you are, the more energized and positive you will feel.

Confident people can do anything (and I mean anything). The right mindset is everything, and only you can control that. So bring out your inner Kanye West, and take on the day like a boss.