Let’s face it: most of us are not morning people. We are grumpy and dreading the day ahead of us, and the last thing we want to do is drag out our mornings with simple tasks like taking showers and drinking coffee. There are some things that are completely unnecessary and only take time away from your routine, and then there are some surprising morning habits that you should most definitely not do. Here are some traditions that you should break away from doing each morning in order to live a healthier lifestyle.
1. Turning Off The Alarm
We totally understand; it’s not easy keeping your hand away from the snooze button each morning. But in the long run, your life will change dramatically – and for the better – if you wake up with your alarm. Every time you hit snooze, you fall back into another sleep cycle that will only be interrupted again in nine minutes. This will make you feel even more tired than you originally were when that first alarm went off, which will lead to a groggy morning.
2. Worrying About Your Outfit
Picking your outfit out the night before may feel a little “first day of school,” but trust us when we say it’ll shave minutes off your morning. If you’re extremely picky about what you wear to work and are likely to be influenced by how you feel in the morning, then you can also try laying out multiple outfits instead of just a single one. That way, when you wake up, you have more than one option to pick and choose from. This will hands down improve your morning.
3. Making Breakfast
Yes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we’re not telling you to skip breakfast altogether. We’re just telling you to stop physically making it when you wake up in the morning. Instead, prep your food the night before or completely cook your planned meal if you can. Try making egg sandwiches or omelettes that can be heated up in the microwave for a good on-the-go meal, or opt for something like overnight oats for a quick and easy meal that you can prep at night and have ready to go by morning.
4. Scrolling Through Your Phone
Checking your emails and social media accounts while getting yourself ready in the morning wastes your time, and that’s even more so the case if you start glancing at your phone even before pulling yourself out of .bed in the morning. When you think to yourself that you are “just checking” and “it will only take a few minutes”, you know you’re lying. You’ll get sucked into Snapchat to see what your friends were up too last night or you’ll be forced to answer that email from your boss that probably could have waited until you got to the office. To save yourself the early morning overload (and some serious time), just skip it entirely.
5. Drinking Coffee
All you caffeine addicts out there, don’t go into panic mode. We don’t mean you should completely cut coffee from your diet; we’re just saying that coffee shouldn’t be the first thing you have when you wake up. If you fill yourself up with energy first thing in the morning, you’re slowing your body’s production of cortisol, which is the hormone that keeps you awake. The best time to drink your favorite energy-boosting beverage is after 9:30.