4 Habits to Nix in the Morning

We all have our morning routines, but is yours hurting your morning? What you do in the first hours of your morning can make or break your day. Here are a few habits you should wean yourself off of:

Hittin’ up the snooze. As much as it may feel great in the moment, hitting the snooze once (or eleven times) every morning really messes with your sleep cycle. Snooze sleep isn’t deep, quality sleep, so a couple of taps on the snooze isn’t going to make you feel more lively and vivacious during your day. In fact, quite the contrary. Relying on the snooze can make you groggier and put you in a perpetual “just waking up” state. If you regularly slap the snooze in the morning, do yourself a favor: set your alarm later and stop hitting snooze. You’ll feel way better.

Reading email in bed. If you’re in the habit of waking up in the wee hours and reaching straight for your phone, listen up. Your phone is essentially a little box of stress. Your stress only mounts as you scroll through your friends’ enviable lives, the demanding emails that need reply and the myriad other bells and whistles that are constantly vying for your attention. Just stop. Do not check your phone or email before you get out of bed. If there is any way to set yourself up for a bad day, it’s that. Instead, go wash up, have breakfast or some herbal tea, get dressed and then tackle your technology. Get yourself balanced, goal-oriented and on track for your day before anything else. Technology requires a certain amount of wakefulness and calmness that you need to respect and ease your waking mind into.

Drinking coffee upon waking. I know many people who stumble out of bed and turn their coffee maker on first thing. Heck, I’ve even been known to drink coffee earlier than I should on occasion. But, drinking coffee within the first hour of waking, when most of us drink it, is doing your natural hormone levels a serious disservice. When you wake up, your cortisol levels are at their highest, meaning you’re at peak natural stress levels. Coffee also boosts cortisol, so drinking it in the morning can easily put your cortisol levels way over the edge—meaning every morning you wind up overwhelming your system with cortisol, only to crash extra hard later on. Over time, your body will begin to produce less cortisol, which is why many of us become so caffeine-dependent.

But, never fear! There is a good time to drink your precious coffee that can work with your natural hormonal rhythms. Studies have shown that the best time to drink your morning brew may be between 10am and noon or 2 and 5pm (Most of us should aim for the morning slot. However, if you aren’t super caffeine sensitive, the latter can be an effective afternoon picker upper). Your cortisol levels naturally dip at the aforementioned time slots, meaning it’s the most useful time to lend your body a little caffeine pick me up.

What should you drink in the morning in coffee’s stead? Try room temperature water with lemon or some herbal tea to gently wake your system. You may even notice that this gives you a healthy glow later on in the day.

Drinking only coffee. Some of us skip breakfast. Don’t worry, it’s okay if it is done in a purposeful manner—like intermittent fasting. Actually, some of us thrive when forgoing breakfast. But, the trouble begins when you skip breakfast in favor of just a cup of cortisol-boosting coffee. You may think to yourself: well, coffee boosts metabolism, so if I just drink coffee I might help my weight loss goals. Not so. By relying solely on coffee sans nourishment in the morning, you are encouraging excess cortisol to overwhelm your system, which can lead to increased belly fat storage and foggy thinking later in the morning. If you can’t stop drinking coffee without breakfast, try buttered coffee to ease the flow of caffeine into your system and keep your brain functioning throughout the morning.

Need some tips to make your mornings easier? Try preparing your breakfast, lunch or workout bag the evening before, so you don’t stress trying to get everything prepared in the morning. If you are a breakfaster, chia pudding or overnight oats are are great nourishing choice for those who are on the go-go every morning. A little preparation goes a long way when it comes to bleary-eyed, early mornings.

Make your mornings your meditation. Treat your body gently and give it what it needs to thrive during the day and nix anything that saps your energy. With a little mindfulness and positivity, morning could soon become your favorite time of day!

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Paulo Reeson10 days ago

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Paulo Reeson1 months ago

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Paulo Reeson1 months ago

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W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thanks.

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William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

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Bailey R
Bailey R2 years ago

I'm so bad at eating breakfast in the morning

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

thanks

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Elaine W.
Past Member 2 years ago

Noted. Thanks.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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heather g.
heather g2 years ago

My constitution would be in revolt if I ever tried coffee first thing in the morning.
Breakfast is accompanied by herbal tea and coffee some time after lunch...

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