Getting up in the morning is hard. The moment we open our eyes we’re met with distractions that prevent us from starting the day on the right foot. While some habits are healthy rituals (looking at you, 6 am yoga class), other’s do more harm than good.
Here are eight things to kick from your morning routine to start the day off right.
Morning Routine Mistakes
Checking Social Media
Many of use the alarm on our phones to wake us up in the morning. After shutting the alarm off it can be so easy to open Instagram or Facebook to check up on your friends and favorite celebrities. The next thing you know 15 minutes have gone by and you’re running late. Mindlessly scrolling through your feeds is also bad for your mental health and can make you feel down about yourself before you even leave your bed.
Forgetting About Breakfast
Not eating breakfast can distract you from your work, cause your energy to be low, and make you irritable. Find a breakfast routine that works for you and stick to it. If you don’t have time to eat at home, make overnight oats to bring to the office, or keep English Muffins in the freezer in the office kitchen. Knowing the plan for breakfast will help you better anticipate your schedule for the rest of the day.
Not Doing Things the Night Before
Pack your lunch, plan your outfit, and pack your work bag the night before. You’ll save yourself a lot of stress and time in the morning and help you mornings go more smoothly.
Hitting snooze is actually bad for your health! It leaves you feeling groggy and only results in fragmented sleep. Try going to bed earlier the night before setting the alarm 5 minutes later if you’re a frequent snooze button user.
Waking Up at Different Times
A consistent sleep schedule will actually make waking up in the morning easier. You’ll also ensure you’re getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night! While tricky to get used to at first, it will eventually become second nature.
Checking Your Email
Why would you want to be thinking about that nasty email from a client before you even got out of bed? Keep work at work and out of your morning routine by not checking your email. Experts say that by checking your emails first thing in the morning, you might be setting a stressful tone for the rest of the day. No one likes stress so ditch the habit and deal with you clients once you’re at work.
Drinking Coffee ASAP
Sorry, but that cup of coffee isn’t doing you any good. Research shows that consuming coffee before 10 am can mess with your cortisol levels, leaving you feeling groggier and more stressed than you would’ve felt if you had just waited. Patience is a virtue, my friend.
Making Your Bed Immediately
Yes, you read that right. Leaving your bed unmade to air for a while will help kill off dust mites that thrive in moist environments. Switch things up and make your bed right before leaving your apartment.
Make Your Mornings Easier
Mornings are a little easier when you live at The Woodlands! Enjoy light and airy apartments with spacious floor plans, walk in closets, a gourmet kitchen, and more. Read about the rest of our amenities or contact us today to schedule a tour.