As if it wasn’t hard enough to get out of bed in the morning…
There are also 12 things that could be making your mornings worse!
Besides, we always seem to be bombarded when we wake up to all kinds of distractions.
And while some of us have morning routines that are chocked full of healthy rituals (10 min-morning yoga, anyone?), many of us are still in the same boat doing some not so AM-friendly things come morning time.
So to help you conquer your mornings once and for all, here are 12 little things you should consider avoiding just after awakening first thing in the morning from pressing the snooze button to browsing your Instagram feed.
1. Social media monitoring.
Alongside being harmful to your mental health and an unwitting way to lose track of time (and attention in your mornings) is scrolling through your social media right after waking up.
Experts say you need to let your brain wake up on its own instead of diving nose-first into the busy outside world first thing.
2. Not being prepared with your morning meal.
Whether you like egg whites, cereals, or everything in between, you should include a daily meal plan that involves something as little as a light snack in the mornings.
Preparation is key and following an early morning planned breakfast will help you predict your eating schedule for the rest of the day, which can also benefit you on the path to maintaining a healthy natural weight.
3. Snooze Hitting that’ll wreak havoc on your nervous system.
Researchers have already predicted that the rest of your day will feel extremely groggy just by hitting the snooze button alone and that fragmented sleep is also harmful to your health.
So if you are a person who feels the effect of this, try to go to bed a half-hour early each night instead of hammering down on that snooze button for a few extra minutes of sleep in the mornings.
4. Waking up at inconsistent hours.
We all know the importance of a healthy sleep cycle. It not only makes it much easier for us to wake up in the morning, (without the snooze button) but also building a fixed sleep schedule that guarantees an excellent 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night and waking up at the same time every single morning (yes, weekends too) will do wonders for your mornings.
5. Reviewing email first thing.
Getting out of bed is difficult, so why do you have to check your emails before you even get to work? Well, that’s because your work hours have most likely crept their way into your early morning ‘me’ time.
Experts say that you will set a tense mood (for the remainder of the day) by reading your emails just upon awakening. It’s strongly advised that you try your hardest to stop checking your email until you finally walk down to the workplace.
6. Drinking coffee Immediately.
Like it or not, research is now showing that you could harm your energy levels from that cup of joe first thing in the morning.
Research also suggests you shouldn’t consume coffee before 10 a.m. (or two hours after waking).
The reason for this is, if you can hang tight for maybe a few hours, you could help your cortisol levels out — Making your body naturally wake up better.
Relying on drinking coffee first thing will leave you feeling more groggy and stressed than if you had waited an hour or two at the very least.
7. Skipping water altogether.
When you are first waking up and you are in need of a little refreshment — don’t skip water!
Drinking a glass of water in the morning will be the most ideal way for your stomach and body to naturally wake up and you can also treat yourself by adding lemon to the water by using the Ayurvedic method.
This will help to eliminate toxins that normally emerge overnight from your digestive tract and provide you with a strong source of vitamin C that will strengthen your skin and enhance your digestion.
8. Not letting your bed breathe.
Untidy people, you can jump and rejoice with this tip because experts suggest that it’s not the best choice to make your bed first thing in the mornings (at least right after you first wake up!).
According to BBC News, a group of scientists found that it will help kill dust mites that thrive in moist environments by keeping your bed unmade for the first hour.
Make your bed still, just not immediately after your feet hit the floor.
9. Not getting natural light or enough Vitamin D.
Did you know that having the right light sources at your aid (within the first hour upon awakening) will help soothe melatonin production, increase the output of serotonin, and clear the sensation of feeling groggy and fatigued in the mornings?
Experts suggest that you must get your strong morning dose of sunshine to maintain a stable and balanced circadian rhythm as well.
Natural light is definitely the healthiest, but a good sunlight lamp will work just as well.
10. Eating desserts for breakfast.
We all know the importance of getting the right fuel in the mornings and some health gurus go as far as to say that anything is better than nothing.
But eating cheesecake or cookies for breakfast, or unhealthy breakfasts such as waffles, cereals, and muffins – that are filled with sugar and carbohydrates will give you the morning slump.
You’ll be left feeling irritable and hungry for more food when you come down from the sugar high (which happens a lot earlier than you think!).
11. Forgetting to put together a to-do list.
Don’t forget to draw a plan in the mornings, and evaluate it during your morning routine so that you can plan the rest of your day with it in mind.
Let’s say you were to have 3 to 5 items on your to-do list, try ranking them in an order system to make sure you first manage the key pressing tasks that you really need to get done.
Doing this one act alone will really help you navigate your day and stay much more organized and in control of your day-to-day life.
12. Not setting your future-self up for success.
Lastly, anything that you can deal with in advance will contribute to a smoother morning for your future self.
Forgetting to plan little things like having your work clothes prepared or filling up your car with gas will really hinder your morning success.
So to really free up some extra time in the mornings and make your mornings feel extra prepared, pick one thing that’ll set your mornings ahead the night before.
There you have it. You must have a sense of reason to wake up and function every single day and these are perhaps the most workable steps you can take to improve your mornings and make them a little more enjoyable.
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Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the face behind Everything Abode! I am a lifestyle and wellness writer based out of Vancouver Island. When I’m not writing or exploring mountains and beaches with my furry rescue, I love spending time learning creative ways to manifest a healthy home. Thanks for stopping by!
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