You can’t control waking up on the wrong side of the bed—but you CAN control what you do after you get out of it
There are so many things you can do for a morning less than ideal: like hitting a traffic jam in the middle of your trip or realize that you forgot an umbrella as a downpour occurs. Some things are out of your hands, but other habits little morning you might be starting off on the wrong foot. Get ready for the best day possible by nixing these bad behaviors purposes of You Am.
You Drink Coffee Too Early
Is there really a bad time for coffee? Yup. Energy levels rise naturally when you first wake up, so drinking coffee then causes an extra energy surge that can leave you jittery, says Steven Miller, a Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Maryland. You’ll reap the most benefits from coffee if you save it for an hour after you’ve gotten out of bed. That’s when your energy levels begin to plummet, so coffee keeps them up well into the afternoon.
Your Breakfast is Too Small
A handful of berries mixed into a container of Greek yogurt may sound like the perfect healthy breakfast, but it can set you up to binge in the afternoon. Not only is it just not enough food, but it’s also lacking in some nutrients that are key to ensuring you feel full until your next meal, says nutrition expert Michelle Davenport, Ph.D. A filling breakfast should consist of around 15 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fiber, complex carbs, and some healthy fat, says Davenport. A morning meal that contains all of those isn’t going to clock in at less than 450 calories—it’s just impossible—so you’ll want to make sure your breakfast’s at least that big.
You Check Your E-mail First Thing
This is one nasty habit you should break ASAP. Checking your inbox the moment you open your eyes in the morning can set you up for stress all day long, says Melissa McCreery, Ph.D., founder of Too Much on Her Plate. Instead of worrying about work first thing, focus on starting your morning with an activity that calms you—exercising, sipping a cup of tea, or talking to a roommate. This will actually help boost your productivity and get your creative juices flowing—which will pay off at work way more than checking that e-mail from your boss would.