8 Morning Habits That Will VASTLY Improve Your Day
We are creatures of habit, and as they say ‘old habits die hard’. This is why we do things, despite how negative or harmful they are for us!
This is especially true in the morning when you’re in a rush.
How many times have you drank a cup of coffee consecutive mornings in a row, or had cereal and milk for breakfast? Those might not be the best way to start your morning!
We selected eight things many of us do that are harmful to us, that we think you’d like to know.
1. Not waking up to a shower!
According to a professor at Harvard, a morning shower makes it easier for us to look for solution! This is because a refreshing shower helps the brain be less distracted and to be more focused. A shower allows the brain to generate new and unusual ideas!
2. Make the bed… the right way!
When you make your bed right after you get up, you create a welcome environment for dust mites. Scientists recommend instead removing the blanket from the mattress completely to let the sheets try, so the mites don’t get to enjoy your body’s moisture!
3. Don’t brush your teeth after eating!
After you eat, the enamel on your teeth is very vulnerable. This is especially true if the food or drink involved citric acid or phosphoric acid such as sofa, fruit or citrus.. Instead, you should wait at least 30 minutes after eating, and after drinking some water to brush your teeth.
4. Stop drinking black coffee!
Black coffee right after waking up makes your cortisol levels high which leads to anxiety. And if you drink coffee when you’re hungry, you can get gastritis. Research shows that the best time for drinking your first cup of coffee is three or four hours after waking up. However, if you can’t resist drinking coffee in the morning, add a little milk or cream to it. This way you will decrease the harsh effects of the drink on the stomach.
5. Don’t eat cereal!
A usual portion of cereal (50 grams) contains about 4 tbsp. of sugar. A lot of sugar in the morning causes an infusion of insulin into the blood, and when the effect wears off, you get tired and become lathargic. Milk, yogurt and fresh fruit when added to cereals are also unhealthy to eat in the morning, so it’s best to stay away from them.
A famous dietitian, Chelsey Amer, recently said that it’s healthier to eat a slice of pizza in the morning than a bowl of cereal. Pizza contains proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, making it a balanced breakfast. However, it’s important to remember not to eat more than one slice.
Aside from pizza, you can eat scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, or a meat that doesn’t contain too much much fat.
6. Stop wasting time deciding your outfit.
Have you ever spent hours in the morning asking yourself, “What on earth should I wear?” There is enough chaos in the morning that you don’t have time for, so don’t make the situation worse by looking for clothes. To make your choice simpler, decrease the variety of clothes you have in your closet. Steve Jobs of Apple wore the legendary jeans and black shirt combo, not because he was saving money, but because he knew that his time was precious.
Make a special area in your closet where you put only the clothes you wear to work in. If you have a dress code that makes you wear a black jacket and a white shirt, keep only black jackets and white shirts in this area. Check your wardrobe regularly and get rid of the things that you don’t wear anymore. Keep any clothes that are off-season in a different place as well.
7. Don’t spend too long checking your phone.
Social media is the main reason why so many people log onto their phones first thing in the morning. The way we spend the day depends on how we spend our morning. That being said, stop wasting your time checking in on others’ lives, reading their comments and opinions, and instead, spend this time on yourself! The same goes for checking your business e-mail inbox, as this can make your work day longer. You’re better off turning on your favorite music, spending time with the people you love, or cooking a tasty and healthy breakfast.
8. Change the way you shower
Since hot water has a relaxing effect, taking a hot shower in the morning will make you want to crawl back into bed. Taking cold morning showers has a few advantages. It helps you feel refreshed, it stimulates brain activity and makes your immune system work harder. Cold water, unlike hot water, doesn’t make the skin dry, and according to scientists, people who take a cold showers regularly can lose about 9 lb a year.
We hope you enjoyed the list, have a good weekend!