No matter what your morning looks like, we all have some sort of routine. For some, it may be the time they wake up in the morning, for others it could be where they eat their breakfast. Regardless, whether we plan a morning routine meticulously, or it just forms naturally, we tend to find ourselves getting into some sort of rhythm for how we go about things.

That’s the thing about habits, they can easily form without us realizing it. Sometimes they’re amazing, lift us, and keep us productive, while other times they’re not so great. For example, washing your hands regularly during a global pandemic is a good habit; sneezing without covering your face isn’t. The same can happen with our morning routine, sometimes we form great habits such as making our lunch for work the night before, whereas other times we can slip into some not so great habits, such as sleeping in and only leaving ourselves 5 minutes to get out of the door. 

Also read: My 5 am Morning Routine

Today we’re going to talk about the habits you may have found yourself slipping into in the morning without even realizing it. 

5 Things You Need to Remove From Your Morning Routine

Stop checking your phone right away

Think about it this way, our phones have made us constantly available to people from all around the world We’re immediately updated with what’s going on in other people’s lives and we’re virtually always accessible during the waking hours. The problem that can quickly arise, however, is that our boundaries can blur. Checking our phones the second we open our eyes, before we’ve even used the bathroom or comprehended what day it is, means we’re putting essentially everyone else’s needs above our own. This isn’t to say you need to wait all day before checking your phone, just try to give yourself a couple of minutes to wake up first.

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Stop filling your mind with limiting beliefs

You know those days when you wake up just feeling off, and you accept that you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed and are going to have an awful day? Well, as obvious as it may sound, not only is your brain constantly listening to you, it also loves for you to be right. So when you tell yourself about how awful you’re feeling or how much your day is going to suck, your brain says “cool, gotcha! Sucky day for us!” and will look for ways to confirm it. Does this mean that you’re going to have the worst day every time you wake up feeling crummy? Absolutely not. However, to set yourself up for a great day, it’s a good idea to try to focus on the things you’d like to get out of the day. For example, instead of focusing on “I’m so tired, I can already tell today is going to suck,” try to focus your energy on something you are excited about or something you are grateful for.

Stop laying in bed for too long

Of course, there are exceptions to this point: if you’re feeling sick or it’s a Sunday and you’re in a position where you’re able to, definitely enjoy laying in bed for as long as possible. However, if you have somewhere you need to be, the best thing you can do is get out of bed when your alarm goes off. The longer you wait, the more you’ll have to fight to convince your brain that you need to get up, and the more difficult it’ll be once the time finally comes. 

Stop skipping breakfast

Not too sure who needs to hear this right now, but coffee does not count as a meal. You may not be hungry the second you wake up in the morning, and that’s totally fine. However, this isn’t to say that you should be skipping breakfast altogether. Try to eat a small meal when you’re hungry, or have a later breakfast if that serves you better. The point isn’t to necessarily force yourself to do something that isn’t right for you, but rather, find out what does work for you. 

Stop using your phone as an alarm

Ultimately, this one will come down to personal preference, but don’t knock it ’til you try it. Using a proper alarm clock means you’re not looking at blue lights the second you wake up or are met with countless notifications, which gives you a second to collect yourself before you tackle the day ahead. Plus, there’s just something about the loud alarm clock that really gets you out of bed in the morning.

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