Most people have a pretty solid routine in the mornings, but some of the every day things you might be doing could be causing you more harm than good.
1. Hitting the snooze button
Every time you hit snooze and drift back to sleep, you start a new sleep cycle that will be interrupted in a few minutes anyway. Since that cycle will end before it’s truly finished, chances are you’ll feel even more tired when you wake up for good.
2. Taking a hot shower
This type of shower will lower your heart rate and make you feel way more ready for a nap than an energetic start to the day.
3. Drinking coffee
For most people, the ideal time to drink coffee is after 9:30 a.m. If you caffeinate too early, you’re slowing your body’s natural rhythm which naturally wakes you up.
4. Stop making breakfast
Prep your food the night before to save energy and time making it in the morning.
5. Stop checking emails
Most attempts at “just checking in” morph into responding to things that definitely could’ve waited another 30 minutes and getting worked up over everything you have to accomplish before having a chance to really wake up.
6. Stop checking social media
What starts as an innocent click into the Instagram app all too often turns into an hour of mindlessly scrolling down bread-making-video rabbit holes.
7. Stop stressing over your outfit
Fretting over what to wear is a massive morning time suck that can be totally avoided by just choosing what you want to wear the night before.