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Expert Reveals 10 Mistakes You’re Making Each Morning

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Do you ever feel like you’re just going through the motions in the morning without realizing how it’s impacting the rest of your day? It’s easy to let the chaos of modern life take over and unintentionally set ourselves up for a stressful and unproductive day.

Lauren Truslow, the CEO and Creator of The Plan emphasizes the importance of a morning routine in achieving your goals and shares the most common mistakes we make without even realizing it below. 

1. Overlooking a Routine

“A consistent routine signals to your brain that it’s time to wake up and conquer the day,” she advises. Morning rituals set the foundation for sustainable habit stacking. 

2. Making Your Bed Too Soon Could Even Make You Sick

Dressing your bed may create a breeding ground for allergens and dust mites, potentially contributing to a cycle of illness. We all know making your bed in the morning is great, but plan to make time to let your covers air out before doing so. Instead of planning time to make your bed as soon as you wake up, set a timer for twenty minutes and allow your bed to air dry and ventilate before covering it up.

3. Leaving Chores for the Morning

Leaving tasks for the morning can create unnecessary stress. Truslow recommends, “No one likes waking up to a dirty kitchen and no clean dishes. Complete chores and prep lunches the night before for a smoother morning routine.”

4. Waking Up Too Early

Truslow recommends, “Sync your wake-up time with the sunrise to improve sleep quality and overall well-being.” Aligning your sleep schedule with nature’s clock can help you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling refreshed.

5. Choosing Hot Instead of Cold Showers

Cold showers can improve circulation, stimulate the nervous system, and increase mental alertness and brain function. Don’t be afraid to turn down the temperature and reap the benefits!

6. Screen Time Before Sun Light

Swap screen time for sunlight exposure in the morning. Natural light helps regulate your circadian rhythm, enhancing alertness and mood. Instead of scrolling your phone for the first few minutes, plan to take a quick walk outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine before starting your day. 

7. Hydrating with the Wrong Liquids First Thing in the Morning

Excess water and caffeine on an empty stomach harm gut health. Instead, go for sodium and magnesium-rich liquids like coconut water or electrolyte drinks for optimal hydration.

8. Skipping Breakfast

Truslow emphasizes, “Breakfast is essential, and skipping it or settling for unhealthy sugary options can impact your energy levels.” Plan breakfast ahead or utilize meal prepping for quick access to nutritious foods.

9. Taking Too Many Supplements

Be cautious not to overdo nutritional supplements. A 2019 study found that eating food is a better way to fulfill nutritional requirements and deliver health benefits compared to taking supplements.

10.  No To-Do List

“Having a to-do list is crucial,” Truslow affirms. “It helps our subconscious mind stay organized even while we sleep, ensuring a more efficient start to the day and successful task completion.”

Having a positive day starts with planning for it. Take the time to tackle these challenges and you’ll be on your way to a more positive and productive day. 

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