Do you ever feel like our phones have become an extension of ourselves? They’re always by our side, we’re constantly available, and we feel lost when they’re misplaced. To be honest, connecting with people from anywhere in the world has proved extremely useful, especially in 2020/2021. But when we’re checking on the needs of others before we even tend to ourselves, then it may be time to evaluate our relationships with it.

Cue a perfectly placed Spider-Man quote: “with great power comes great responsibility.” Establishing healthy boundaries with our phones is basically the same idea as putting our own oxygen mask on first on an airplane: when we are taken care of, we can show up better for the people we love the most. Take a second to check in with yourself and tend to your own needs before you check to see who has texted you, what your friend did last night on social media, or what’s trending on Twitter.

Also read: 10 Healthy Boundaries

Now, in a perfect world, we’d love to tell you to wake up, go for a run, go to a yoga class, read a book, take your dog for a walk, learn a new skill, or anything else that’s super productive. But the fact of the matter is that we’re all different, with different needs and interests, which means our mornings will look pretty different, too.

Today we’re going to share 5 things that you (yes, you) can easily do before checking your phone in the morning. Use them as a baseline – some days you’ll be able to do a little more, some days these may not be attainable at all. Do your best and forgive yourself for the rest.

Do These 5 Things Before Checking Your Phone in the Morning

1. Check in with yourself

Give yourself a second to wake up. How did you sleep? How are you feeling? Use this as a time to gauge how you’re really doing, what you need today to be the best version of yourself, and set intentions for the day ahead as well. Think of it this way: you’re going to spend the entire day worrying about everything else, so try to give yourself a couple of moments as you wake up. 

2. Show gratitude

It’s so easy to get caught up in the hecticness of daily life that sometimes we may find ourselves overlooking all of the little things we’re grateful for. As soon as you wake up in the morning, give yourself a couple of moments to focus on something you’re grateful for. When you focus on the good, the good gets better. Not only can this help to start your day off on the right foot, but it can also help to set the tone for the entire day.

Also read: 7 Gratitude Practices

3. Drink a full glass of water

We’re supposed to drink a ton of water a day, but sometimes it feels difficult or unattainable. Kickstart your water consumption first thing by drinking a full glass of water before anything else (yes, even before your coffee). Chances are you might be a little thirsty after a full night’s sleep.

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4. Use the bathroom

Hey, we all do it! Especially if you’re drinking more than usual throughout the day, you’ll likely need the bathroom when you first wake up. A lot of us have become so reliant on constant entertainment that we feel the need to bring our phones with us into the bathroom. At the risk of sounding like your mother, try to wait to check your phone until after you’ve ~ ahem ~ taken care of your business.

5. Take care of yourself

Give yourself a second to “get ready” for the day – or, sort of, at least. Just try to at least cover the basics. Brush your teeth, brush your hair, and wash your face. These things may feel little or insignificant, but making time for yourself before you worry about other’s needs is essentially telling yourself, “I am worth making time for in the morning. My needs are important. I am good enough to prioritize.” As we mentioned earlier, your days will likely be filled with the needs of others – give yourself at least a couple of moments in the morning to put yourself first. 

Do These 5 Things Before Checking Your Phone in the Morning