7 toxic morning habits to stop today

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Everyone has a morning routine. Maybe you start your day with a cup of coffee and someone else with a glass of drink. So, take a look at some of the toxic morning habits that you should leave behind.

A stable morning routine determines how productive and successful your day will be. But it is very easy to ruin this fresh start with some of our habits. It is accepted that there are good and bad habits. Good habits lead to a healthy routine, WHILE bad habits can drain out positive energy and set the tone for an unproductive day.

Waking up in the morning can be a hassle for some people. Apart from this, work from home (WFH) routines have also put life in an imbalance. Are you aware of the bad habits you are following? If not, read on!

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Get your morning routine in check. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Kiran Dalal, Chief Clinical Nutritionist, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad, says, “Make health a priority in life and leave these toxic morning habits that may affect your health.”

The following toxic habits need to be changed for a better and healthy life:

According to the expert, these habits are likely to be playing spoilsport for your day:

1. Hitting the snooze button

We all know snoozing is terrible, but we tend to do it a few times every morning. When you hit the snooze button on your alarm and fall back to sleep, you actually wake up feeling groggier than usual. Your body and mind become more tired. So Try to practice waking up once your alarm goes off and never hit the snooze button.

2. Drinking coffee right away

Caffeine occurs naturally in plants like tea, coffee, and cocoa, soft drinks in products containing cocoa or chocolates. If too much is used, it might cause sleep issues, anxiety, and mood swings. In addition, high caffeine consumption is associated with adverse effects on heart health, and increased incidence of cancer.

Also, read: Want to make your morning productive? These 7 bedtime habits will help you

3. Skipping breakfast

People believe that skipping breakfast helps in weight loss. But, sorry to break it to you, skipping breakfast leads to overeating and that could lead to obesity and result in diabetes and heart diseases. Research shows people who have a morning meal tend to take more vitamins, minerals, and less fat and cholesterol. This results in an often leaner body, lower cholesterol count, and less chances of overeating. Eating breakfast is perhaps the most important habit of healthy people.

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A hearty breakfast can kick-start your day. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Physical inactivity

Being sedentary all the time puts you at risk for a variety of health problems. Increasing physical activity lowers the risk of health problems like unhealthy weight gain and obesity, heart attack stroke, certain types of cancer, asthma, breathing problems osteoporosis, psychological problems like stress anxiety and depression. Aim at least 30 minutes of moderate activity every day to be healthy.

5. Not drinking water

Not drinking enough water may lead to headache, dizziness, sunken eyes, low blood pressure, increased heart rate, etc. Sufficient water intake can keep skin hydrated, improve capillary blood flow, cleanse your colon, boosts energy, fights infection, and aids in digestion. It’s advisable to take at least 1-2 glasses of water the first thing in the morning to stay healthy.

6. Smoking

Smoking harms not just your health, but mental health as well. Cancer, heart disease, stroke, etc are a few side effects of smoking. Instead of smoking, add a workout routine, even a simple walk will help you distract from smoking.

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Smoking is an open invitation to lung cancer, Image Courtesy; Shutterstock

7. Checking the phone

About 80 percent of smartphone users check their mobile phones within 15 minutes of waking up every morning. This disrupts your chances of starting your day with a calm mind and affects your health and productivity as well.

So if you want to start 2022 on a positive note, leave these habits behind before entering into a new year.

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