Whether you're back in the office or working from home, it’s super important to have your morning routine honed in to give you the best chance to tackle the rest of the day. But since there is a lot of bad info getting spread around, you’ve more than likely picked up some habits that seem good on the surface but are actually stressful AF. Here are some of the biggest ones to correct ASAP.
- Eating A Slow Breakfast. Psychologist Han Ren warns against thinking you need to make time for a long breakfast in the morning. Does this mean hoping in line to get fast food every morning is a good idea? No. Ren just says you might be better off getting an extra half hour of sleep instead of waking up early to fix a diner worthy breakfast.
- Snoozing Your Alarm. Therapist Alison Nobrega says “hearing that snooze button over and over is a reminder of all the things we have to do during the day.” So every time you hit it you’re spiking your stress levels each time. Plus, you’re not getting quality sleep during this time so it’s just a bad move all around.
- Journaling. Many experts swear by journaling in the morning as a great mental health practice but Nobrega says there are many reasons why you might want to avoid it. For example, if you’re a “verbal processor,” sitting down to write first thing in the morning isn’t going to be fun. Also, adding something you “need to do” every morning doesn’t make for a stressless morning. Not to say that journaling is bad for you, it just might make for a better nighttime activity.
Jack Kulp and Carolyn McArdle talked about it on the air. Listen below...