I don't know what my major malfunction has been lately. I can't remember the last time I woke up refreshed and happy, excited about the day ahead. I hit the snooze two or three times, I can barely drag my butt out of bed and I just mope around with my coffee until I have to go off to school and/or skating practice. I have so much in my life that I should be happy about but I find it so hard to get excited about things. I'm usually so full of light and love but now I tend more to look at the negative side of things. Sometimes I come off as cold or sad to other people, and I find myself feeling full of fear. I don't know where this is coming from. Does anyone have any advice to help me wake up in a better mood?
Are you getting enough sleep? Too much? Everybody is different in that respect. I spent most of my first year at college with severe sleep deprivation and I was just horrible in the mornings (and exhausted and depressed the rest of the time), and just assumed that was the way I was. These days I make sure I get at least 7 hours sleep and I find I'm raring to go when I wake, looking forward to all those things you said you should feel happy about.
ETA: You could try letting yourself wake up naturally. Obviously you have school, but if you find out how long you normally sleep before waking of your own accord at the weekends, you can wake like half an hour before your alarm in the mornings. Much better than being woken by those damn clocks.
[This message has been edited by ilaura2003 (edited 09-30-2003).]
Ditto on the getting enough sleep. I just started college and the first week away from home I tried to stay up all night and got no sleep and I turned into a total grump. I try to get to bed as early as I can, and if at midnight I'm not done, I go to bed anyway because I know i'll probalby forget whatever I was reading because I'm so tired.
Also, try to stay on a fairly consistent schedule. If, for example, you stayed up all night on Saturday night and didn't wake up until 2pm on Sunday, going to bed at 10pm and Sunday would be rather difficult because you would have only been awake for 8 hours. Also, staying away from caffiene in the afternoon/evening can help you sleep better.
It might not all be in your sleep patterns though. Are you stressed out? I know my attitude goes down the toilet when I feel like everyone expects someting out of me. When I wake up with a negative attitude, everything kind of falls down with it. Sometimes if my day gets off to a bad start, I tell myself "The rest of my doesn't have to be bad" and I try to smile for a few minutes. I don't remember who did the study, but smiling can actually release "feel-good" chemicals in your brain.
I dont know if your still looking for advice on your question but the same thing happend to me when I hit about 14-15. I am not trying to tell you this is what is wrong with you but I went to my doctor and it turns out I had a disorder called SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder. Which means my brain doesnt produce enough of "the happy chemical" that it needs during the winter months of the year. The sun helps to produce those chemicals. It was so bad that it affected me even when I went to sleep. During the night the chemicals were not being produced because of the lack of light. Which made me REALLY grumpy in the mornings and very hard for me to function.
I started to exercice in the morning to help increase the production of the chemical and tried to get outside as much as possable. I also moved my bed closer to the window so the sun would hit me direclty in the morning. Try eating a better diet and drinking lots of liquids and little things like that. It all helped for me. I still have a late start in the mornings but its ALOT better then before.
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