Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to living a healthy, happy life. However, you may have never thought about what you do right after you wake up having an influence on your physical and mental health. Getting into a routine and having good morning habits can be very beneficial and help you get ready for whatever might get thrown at you later in the day. Keep reading to learn about things to avoid early in the morning that can have a negative impact on your mood, energy level, and productivity. Do yourself a favour and get rid of the following activities from your morning routine and it won’t be long until you see a difference in how you feel, how much energy you have, and how productive you are.
According to the co-founder of Health Coach Institute, Stacey Morgenstern, “the quality of your habits determines the quality of life” and we couldn’t agree more, especially when it comes to starting off your day right. Morgenstern also states that it is important to…”consider which of these you’re willing to commit to and just start at the beginning, when you first wakeup. It may feel strange at first because you have to interrupt the old habits, but soon the new habits will crowd out the old, and you may find yourself having more and more bright-eyed, focused, healthy, happy mornings.” It is important to note that the following habits aren’t all necessarily bad behaviours in general; they are just not ideal behaviours when starting your day. Keep reading to learn which behaviours made our list of 11 things you should avoid just after you wake up.
We won’t be surprised if we get a lot of flack for this one. Most people would do anything for those few extra hours of sleep. Many people set earlier alarms so that they are able to press snooze. However, according to Morgenstern, the best thing to do when you hear your alarm is to “launch yourself out of bed and proactively greet the day.” It might be counterintuitive but pressing snooze can actually make you feel even more tired since your sleep cycle may restart. Combine that with the added stress and guilt that most people also experience when hitting snooze, and that extra sleep is no longer worth it.