We’ve all been there.  You stayed up all night finishing up an essay, but now you’ve got classes, a meeting with your professor & a late night serving shift.  On top of that, your next day is just as gnarly looking.

Sometimes it’s just not an option to look a mess the next day, no matter what the circumstances.  Whether it’s an impromptu party you couldn’t say no to, or an assignment that takes longer than you thought–life marches on and you can’t afford to get behind.  Here’s how you bounce back.

Get up 20 minutes early to stand in the shower under hot water for at least ten minutes, as hot as you can possibly stand under the water.  This serves 2 purposes: 1) it gets you clean, 2) the hot water will relax your tense shoulders, preparing you for the coming day.


1) Eyedrops – nothing gives an all nighter away like red eyes.

2) Dress up.  When you look good you feel good.  Fight the urge to throw on sweats.

3) Scrub!  Lack of sleep makes your skin look dull.   Slough off all the dullness so that even if you feel tired, your skin will glow.

Pound water like it’s your favorite milkshake flavor, and though I’m not a huge fan of painkillers, it might be a good idea to take some ibuprofen as a preventative measure.  Eat something balanced, meaning complex carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fat.  Watch the caffeine intake—but a hot cup of coffee can do wonders if you really need it.

Keeping yourself pumped up throughout the day will keep your mind off how tired you are.  Leave last night in the past with some positive thinking!


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