10 Things You Need To Stop Doing In The Morning

While there are some activities that should be included in your morning routine, there are others that should be avoided. Today, I’d like to offer several morning habits you should abandon in order to have a better and more productive day.

So, after a long and exhausting day, you returned home exhausted yesterday. You were so tired that you barely got out of the shower before collapsing into your bed.

Your alarm rang loudly just as you closed your eyes and began to enjoy your slumber. It’s already morning! Arrrgh! You can’t get out of bed just yet; you need a little more sleep — so you slam the snooze button angrily while squirming under the covers.

It’s past 6 a.m. by the time your alarm goes off again. You get out of bed, but you’re not feeling any better – in fact, you’re just as tired and sleepy as you were the night before!

Most of the time, we are the ones that make things difficult for ourselves; we make our mornings difficult due to bad habits we have developed. As our productivity declines, such behaviors become a stumbling block in our lives.

  1. Snooze Button Pressing

To be honest, pushing the snooze button is a nice feeling, especially in the early hours of the morning when sleep is just getting more intriguing! Some of us would gladly press the snooze button five times (we are actually many on this table). But, in the end, who is the loser?

You may feel as though you are allowing your body to sleep for a few longer minutes in order to wake up stronger. Instead, you’re simply upsetting your entire body’s wake-up mechanism, making you feel more exhausted by the time you finally get up.

What are your plans for dealing with this issue? It’s simple: when your alarm goes off, get out of bed!

It’s true that getting out of your warm, comfortable bed might be a difficult effort. The key is to never give oneself the option of choosing between sleeping and waking up. The former is likely to be your preference. Don’t hesitate to stand up on the spur of the moment!

Using the 5-second rule and jumping up on 5 counts will provide your body with the first awareness it requires to get through the rest of the day.

2. A Cup Of Coffee Ritual
When we get out of bed, it’s not uncommon for some of us to down a cup of coffee. Seven out of ten adults are guilty of this, making it nearly a cultural rite. Some people drink coffee because others do, while others believe that a cup of coffee will revitalize their bodies…

Here’s a shocker: drinking coffee first thing in the morning is completely inappropriate. Why?

Isn’t it true that the average night’s sleep is 8 hours? If this is the case, your body has been without water for more than 8 hours, and your hydration level is already low by morning. You need to rehydrate yourself with water, not coffee!

If you must drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages in the morning, you must first hydrate your body. Otherwise, the caffeine in your body would get overly concentrated and turn into a poison.

Do you think that’s surprising? So, now you know what you should do. Drinking two or three glasses of water when you first wake up will help to enhance your metabolism throughout the day.

3. Eating Junk
Another area where many of us make mistakes is when we eat junk at breakfast.

The quality and timing of your breakfast can have a significant impact on the rest of your day. Breakfast should not exceed 8 a.m., regardless of your health situation, size, weight, age, gender, or ethnicity. Make sure your diet is well-balanced, and drink enough of water.

Sweetened beverages, chocolate, croissants, cake, and other confections for breakfast will only make you hungry and sleepy a few hours later! You can’t count on it if you want to stay active at least until lunchtime.

Another area where many of us make mistakes is when we eat junk at breakfast.

The quality and timing of your breakfast can have a significant impact on the rest of your day. Breakfast should not exceed 8 a.m., regardless of your health situation, size, weight, age, gender, or ethnicity. Make sure your diet is well-balanced, and drink enough of water.

Sweetened beverages, chocolate, croissants, cake, and other confections for breakfast will only make you hungry and sleepy a few hours later! You can’t count on it if you want to stay active at least until lunchtime.

4. Not Letting The Sun Rays In
Once we tap into nature, it has a way of stroking us in the perfect spot, and the excitement that follows is surreal!

Allowing the early morning light rays into your room is one way to connect with nature. Closing your windows or curtains after waking up is denying yourself an incredible natural feeling that brightens and beautifies your day.

Preparing for work or doing your morning ritual in a dark, stuffy room sends a dull, drowsy signal to your body, which will influence you psychologically all day.

Allowing the sun into your room in the morning, on the other hand, is an excellent method to wake up your body and mind. Sunlight passing through your window (and onto your skin) sends waves of alertness through your eyes, body, and complete system.

5. Watching TV
Do you have a tendency of watching TV first thing in the morning? It’s possible you’re asking why it’s on this list… However, it is incorrect.

Many of us watch television to keep up with current events across the world. However, doing it so early in the morning is ineffective. There are more important things you could be doing at that time to make a positive difference in your life.

Furthermore, the news is primarily comprised of bad stories from throughout the world. Such stories will only increase your stress levels and, as a result, your mood will be affected throughout the day.

Instead of turning on the television, sit back and relax for as long as you wish. This will allow you to meditate and reflect on your life before going about your day. Furthermore, you will be free of needless distractions.

6. Logging Into Social Media
Whether we like it or not, we live in a world where social media is a significant part of our lives.

The majority of us are guilty of checking our phones frequently for fresh notifications. And a bigger number of us will prefer to check our Facebook or WhatsApp inbox (once we wake up) to answer to all the messages we missed while sleeping the night before.

Well, I’m not suggesting that using social media is bad, but doing it first thing in the morning is a no-no in terms of productivity. That early in the morning, you don’t need to be sidetracked by your newsfeed.

Rather, the perfect time to pay attention to your morning, your life, and how you may align your life with your goals is in the morning hours!

Allowing Instagram photos or silly tweets to destroy your good mood and energy in the morning is not a good idea. What’s more, guess what? By midday, you’ll still be able to access social media because your newsfeed will be waiting for you.

7. Not Washing Your Face 
The feeling of spraying cold water on your face as soon as you wake up is really refreshing. Some people wash their faces first thing in the morning, while others don’t even think about it.

The difference between those who wash their faces and those who don’t is that those who don’t battle to stay awake even after they have awakened!

Washing your face can help you regain consciousness, brighten your mood, calm your emotions, cleanse your eyes, and start your day off well.

Try it out tomorrow if it hasn’t been a part of your morning routine before. You’ll notice the change immediately.

8. Checking Your Work Emails
Are you one of the town’s workaholics? I’m talking about the type who stays late at work just to get home and pick up where they left off? If that’s the case, it might be time to take a breather.

Without a question, your career is crucial, yet life isn’t just about work. There’s a lot more to you than just your job. You don’t have to rush to check your emails first thing in the morning — that’s a significant distraction. After all, they can always wait till your official work hours begin in your inbox. It will be there for you by 8 a.m., or whatever time you choose to start your work day, no matter how crucial it is (if you own a business or freelance).

Use the first few hours of the day for self-care, reflection, and meditation. These are extremely important for your health and well-being.

9. Making “Unplanned” Decisions
The most common blunder we make in our daily lives is “when” and “how” we make decisions. We frequently neglect to plan before making a decision.

You shouldn’t just wake up and make rash, unplanned decisions that will affect the rest of your day. Making such rash decisions will leave you bewildered because you are essentially forcing yourself to examine the entire day in a matter of seconds. This, believe me, may create a great deal of emotional distress.

Aside from stress, making rash judgments will almost certainly result in terrible outcomes, which I’m sure you don’t want. As a result, learn to make decisions ahead of time. If at all feasible, do it the night before. The early hours of the morning should not be used to make hasty decisions. Rather, it should be a phase in which you prepare your body and mind to carry out the decisions you’ve already made.

Waiting till the morning to make a decision is the equivalent of doing the right thing at the wrong moment. To put it another way, you’re going two steps ahead and one step back. That’s a great way to become a victim of your (own) situation.

10. Not Making Your Bed
We are often too ready to focus on huge projects because we believe that fulfilling difficult obligations is where our daily productivity lies. That, however, is incorrect. Making your bed, for example, is a good place to start when it comes to increasing your productivity.

Making your bed and organizing your space gives you a sense of accomplishment.

Before you start your day, a well-organized room gives you the impression that you can similarly organize your job. You subconsciously believe that you are in command of your life.

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