As if it wasn’t hard enough to get out of bed in the morning, now we have to perform at our best too?!
Well kind of.
If you want to hone in on some of your bad habits, or you are currently doing some of these mornings ‘no no’s’ that are listed below?
Then these are just little ways to improve your mornings so you can set up for success each day.
Because even though (for some of us) our morning routines can be jampacked with healthy practices, for many, we are still left with some multi-tasking and morning activities that are not even helpful in the slightest.
So if that’s you? You’ve come to the right place today!
Here are 6 things you really need to stop doing in the morning asap!
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1. Stop hitting the Snooze Button
We’re all doing it. Yet we don’t recognize the side effects and how snoozing can hinder our day!
If you like so many others, it may be part of your morning wake-up routine to press the snooze button once or twice. But can your health will pay the price, An expert in sleep found some disturbing reasons why the snooze button is really bad for you…
Battling your alarm on a regular basis will make you feel more exhausted during the day and sleep worse at night. Poor sleep will mess with hundreds of cells in your body, leading to increased tension, weakened immunity, and increased inflammatory swelling in your joints.
So, if you already sleep terribly at night? Or you find your mornings feeling a little off? The snooze button that you rely on could be the culprit.
2. Don’t take long hot showers
Yes, it’s very comforting to take long hot showers, but most experts suggest leaving those warm showers for your evening rituals instead. A hot shower (although very relaxing), will reduce your heart rate and make you feel much more comfortable for a rest shortly after than an energetic cooler shower would.
It’s best to get as much energy as you can in the mornings and cooler water is the way to go! Take a cooler shower that will wake your body up and get you ready for the day ahead.
3. Avoid scrolling social media first thing
All too often scrolling social media at the wrong times (especially in the mornings) can turn into an hour of thoughtlessly falling down the rabbit hole.
Of course, we are all guilty of this! And that result was all because you made the grave error of clicking on the “Learn more” tab on Instagram or something along those lines…
Whatever caught your attention, studies show to leave this to your lunch breaks and/or in the early evening hours before you head to bed. Since we are always inundated with information at all different angles and at all different hours, this is something that you might want to consider avoiding soon after you first wake up.
4. Avoid drinking coffee just after waking
Don’t mess with mother nature, especially just after you first wake up! According to research the perfect time to drink coffee is after 9:30 a.m (for most people) or a half-hour after you first wake up.
This is because if you drink caffeine too soon, you will slow down the natural production of the hormone called cortisol in your body, and that hormone naturally helps wake you up organically.
It’s like nature’s natural alarm clock. Coffees not off-limits though, just make sure you aren’t solely relying on it!
5. Avoid skipping breakfast
Breakfast actually is the most important meal of the day and here’s why… TheNutritional Side Effects of Skipping Breakfast are; Increased risk of heart disease, you’ll be more susceptible to weight gain, have high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol, and the list goes on.
Try to adhere to a morning breakfast plan so you are never leaving the house hungry. Whether you are intentional about it or not… Just make sure you don’t skip breakfast altogether.
You can easily do this by creating meal plans for the week, having your favorite go-to essentials for every morning, or just keeping your fridge stocked and ready to go.
6. Stop stressing over your clothes
Obsessing about what to wear is a huge morning drag (and time-waster), that can be completely avoided simply by selecting what to wear the evening prior. Sounds easy right? Well, it can be if you can get into the habit of having an already established night routine that includes the act of selecting what you want to wear for the next day.
Also if you’re someone who wears outfits in accordance with how you feel or what mood you’re in? Then the answer for you is to dress in layers. That way you are always prepared if the weather changes and it’ll take a little bit of stress out of your busy morning routine.
There you go! A shift in bad habits really does lead to positive life changes in small ways. So start replacing some of these bad habits (with good ones) to see the difference in how your mornings are spent.
Also, if you find your mornings start off in a negative way? You should also read how to remove that negative energy from your life and the signs and symptoms to be aware of here!
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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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