Since it’s hard enough to get out of bed in the morning, did you know there are also a few things that could be making your mornings worse?
Besides, while some of us have morning routines that are chocked full of healthy rituals (10 min-morning yoga, anyone?), many of us are in the same boat doing some not so AM-friendly things come morning time.
And since we always seem to be bombarded after we wake up to all kinds of distractions, there are a few things you can do that’ll turn your mornings from a drag and into a great one!
To help you conquer your mornings once and for all, try to avoid a few of these mornings no no’s on this list of 12 bad morning habits. If you do, you should see your mornings feel a little less stressed and a little less overwhelmed.
1. Social media monitoring.
Alongside being harmful to your mental health and an unwitting way to lose track of time (not to mention losing attention in your mornings), scrolling through your social media right after waking up is a big no-no, if you would like to accomplish more before noon.
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. Doing so will not only help save your energy more constructively but you’ll have way more time to focus clearly on the things that matter and start your day right.
2. Not being prepared with your morning meal.
Whether you like your egg whites, your cereals, or everything in between, you should consider including a daily morning meal plan that involves something as little as a light healthy snack in the mornings.
Skipping a morning breakfast may seem okay for the first two to three hours, but as the day goes on, your hanger pans could lead you in the wrong direction. Additionally, consuming a prepared breakfast in the early morning will help you anticipate your eating routine for the remainder of the day.
So do yourself a service and benefit from nourishing your body right in the mornings.
3. Snooze Hitting that’ll wreak havoc on your nervous system.
Study after study predicts that your day will feel extremely groggy and you’ll also suffer from extreme morning fatigue if you are hitting the snooze button on a daily basis.
This is due to the fact that fragmented sleep is harmful to our health. A research released in the journal Sleep Medicine discovered that even one night of fragmented sleep had the same detrimental effect on mood, attention span, and cognitive capacity as limiting sleep to four hours per night.
If this is astonishing to hear and if you are a person who feels the effect of fragmented sleep? Try to go to bed a half-hour early instead of hammering down on that snooze button for a few extra minutes of sleep in the mornings.
4. Waking up at inconsistent hours.
Routines, routines, routines, since we all need them, the same rings true to what time you wake up each morning.
This is because having a consistent time to wake up each day is very important to maintaining a healthy sleep cycle and healthy life.
The great reason for this is, it not only makes it much easier for us to wake up in the morning, (without the snooze button) but if we have a set morning time to follow it’ll also help us build a fixed sleep schedule, that’ll guarantee an excellent 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.
Make sure you are waking up at the same time every single morning (yes, even on weekends too). Doing so will do wonders for your mornings and your sleep.
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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