“10 Morning Habits You Should STOP Doing ASAP – Unhealthy Morning Habits”
One of the first things I learned when I started on my health and fitness journey, was that mornings are important.
They just set up the tone for the whole day.
If you start your day right, you set yourself for success, and you’re more likely to keep it that way for the rest of it.
It’s all about those small wins, and tiny habits we do on a daily basis, that add up to greater results.
I’ve shared my morning routine many times, along with the benefits of having a healthy morning routine in the first place.
However, today, I’m sharing 10 unhealthy morning habits you have to stop doing ASAP.
These 10 things we all tend to do in the morning can ruin your performance, productivity level, and can leave you feeling unmotivated and unhealthy in general.
Let’s get started right away!
You are not born to be “morning person”.
You become a morning person with your everyday habits.
10 Unhealthy Morning Habits
#1 Hitting The Snooze Button
Ahh we all do it! And we know it’s wrong, but it just feels so good 🙂
I used to do this all the time, and I still tend to hit the snooze button every now and then.
And you may think it’s not a big deal to shut eyes for a few extra minutes, but the truth is, doing it on a regular basis will leave you feeling more tired during the day.
Especially if you normally stick to a consistent sleep schedule, your body’s internal clock likely expects you to wake up when your alarm goes off.
Hitting that snooze button can confuse your brain, leaving you lethargic and drowsy all morning.
So, try to get up when your alarm goes off, and break the habit of hitting snooze for good.
#2 Not Hydrating Right Away
Hydration should be an important part of the morning.
First and foremost, because hydration is important for your overall health.
And setting a habit of drinking a glass of water in the morning is a great way to make hydration an everyday habit.
Plus having it first thing in the morning helps jumpstart bowel movement and improve digestion.
#3 Skipping Breakfast
I cannot stress enough about the importance of having a healthy breakfast.
With Intermitted fasting taking a swing into the toxic world of diet culture, breakfast became just a number.
However, breakfast is so important in so many ways.
For starters, your body and brain need fuel in order to dive into the daily activities.
And skipping breakfast will not help you get that energized and productive morning you strive for.
I’m not saying you should eat if you’re not hungry, however, getting caught up in the day and not having anything to eat until noon is not the best option if you’re striving for a healthy lifestyle.
#4 Eating Unhealthy Breakfast
One thing that’s worse than skipping your breakfast altogether is starting your day with unhealthy foods.
Your breakfast should be balanced, and should include all of the macronutrients, vitamins and minerals.
This way, you’ll make sure to nourish yourself with the right energy, and keep it healthy throughout the rest of the meals.
Having cereals or just white bread is not gonna do it for you.
You have to make sure that you start the day with a balanced meal that’s going to nourish your body and make you feel healthy and good for the rest of the day.
#5 Scrolling On Social Media
I know we all do it.
The alarm goes off and we just jump into social media.
For starters, screens tend to hijack your healthy morning routine.
I’ve found scrolling through Instagram or any other social media early in the morning tends to waste my time leaving me rushing through the rest of my routine.
That’s why I decided to keep my phone, laptop, and TV away, at least for the first hour after waking up.
Every minute is valuable in the morning, so make sure to devote it to quality habits.
#6 Not Making A Plan For The Day
Instead of watching the news, or scrolling through social media, I plan.
Because, how else am I supposed to have time for everything if I don’t make sure to organize it.
My morning routine won’t even happen without me planning to do it.
So, I sit down, while sipping my daily dose of caffeine, and I make a plan for every single thing I have to finish today.
Having a plan will help you not only stay organized throughout the whole day, but start your day on a productive note too.
#7 Leaving Your Bed Unmade
It might be a small accomplishment, but making the bed sets the tone for the entire day.
“But, I don’t have time.”“No one is going to see it.”“It’s not important.”
Excuses are easy, but a quick fluff of the pillows and tug of the sheets takes only a few seconds, and it is the easiest way to make your entire space look better instantly.
Beyond that, there are great benefits to making your bed each day.
There is a sense of discipline in making your bed every morning after waking up.
Therefore, it gives structure to your day, helps you feel organized and it can even lower your stress and improve your mood.
It’s all about the small wins in the morning, that keep you winning throughout the day too.
I just love decluttering and arranging my space before doing anything else, since being into a clean environment helps me feel more productive and more calm overall.
Clutter free space = clutter free mind.
#8 Steaming Up Your Shower
Heat tells your nervous system that it’s time for your muscles to relax, and for your heart rate to slow down.
And not only warm water causes your blood vessels to dilate and relax, but it has no real health benefits either.
Cold shower on the other hand, has so many health benefits.
From waking up your nervous system, to improving circulation, filling those muscles with blood, and getting you energized for the day ahead.
I know it freckles your skin just by the thought of it, but trust me, try it once and you’ll see why I’m doing it.
It doesn’t have to be ice-cold water, it can be a comfortable cold to slightly warm water for starters.
#9 Not Having Any Sort Of Activity
Most of us will feel stiff in the morning – almost like you can’t bend your knees or walk quite right.
That’s because overnight, muscles and joints can stiffen as they “sleep” right along with you.
And what feels natural to all of us is just transferring your body from the bed to the couch, and rest a bit.
However, that sleeping “soreness” will go away with activity.
That’s why it is crucial to have some sort of activity first thing in the morning.
Rather you’re going for a walk with your dog, doing a few stretches, or even breaking a sweat.
Anything that fills your sleepy muscles with oxygen.
#10 Waking Up At Different Time Each Morning
When I started waking up at the same time each morning, I started completing every single step of my morning routine.
That’s because now I had the time to do it.
Plus, my body just got used to waking up at that exact same time, and it felt amazing.
I’ve been practicing his morning ritual of getting up at the same time each morning for years now, and I do it even on weekends.
It has helped me build up the habit of getting up earlier, making it easier to pre-empt the alarm call.