The One Morning Habit I Stopped Doing & Why

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on July 11, 2016

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I’m sure you all have been guilty of it. You’re not quite ready to get out of bed to begin the day, so you decide to let yourself wake up a little easier by scrolling through Instagram or catching up on your friend’s Snapchat stories.

20 minutes go by and now you’re running late, which puts you in a bad mood and you have officially ruined your morning before you get out of bed.

This is one of several reasons why I stopped checking social media in the morning.

I found that I wasn’t in a good mood and less productive throughout the day because I began the day admiring someone’s trip to Costa Rica. I didn’t want to get out of bed once I began scouring social media because my personal motivation quickly dwindled. Not to mention, I was more interested in checking everyone’s lives rather than beginning my day. To put it simply: beginning the day with a social media session meant that I wasn’t going to get anything done in the first hour of my day and it meant that I was going to be behind.

So why don’t we just stop going on our phones? Of course this is easier said than done because who doesn’t want to pin recipes and blogging advice at 7 a.m.? Personally, I realized that when I check Twitter and Pinterest before I begin the morning, I feel like I’m behind and feel negatively about the day ahead because it’s beginning the day on a stressful note.

Instead, I have successfully woken up every morning for the past few months without feeling any urge to check social media on my phone.

So what happened when I quit this horrible morning habit?

1| I’m ready to have a productive day

When I used to check social media in the morning, it would make me feel lazy, unproductive and lose my motivation all together. I was essentially setting myself up for failure before I left my house for work. When I removed social media from my morning, I got up in a good mood and ready to begin my lengthy to-do list.

2| I have more time for myself in the morning

I used to spend an extra 15 or more minutes in bed just scrolling on Instagram and Facebook. That put me behind with my routine every morning. This meant I was stressed out, rushing my morning and skipping out on my favorite time of day. Now, I take my time, and make time for breakfast and coffee at home before I leave for work.

3| I enjoy my mornings more

Now that I have more time for myself in the morning, I find that I love my morning routine. It’s a wonderful to enjoy the quiet mornings. It’s those quiet moments I enjoy to myself before heading to work to begin a long day of projects, emails, phone calls and event planning. It’s nice to give myself that time to prepare before work.

I hope this post will make you consider removing social media from your morning routine! Make sure to leave a comment below saying why you do/don’t go on social media in the morning!

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  • Yes, Yes, Yes! For me it’s Facebook. If I login, I waste a half hour. It’s ridiculous and I could get so much more done during that time!

    • Exactly! We waste so much time throughout the day on social media, and it can really throw off your day!

  • Theresa

    I’ve heard of a lot of moms saying they’re putting off social media until some cleaning is done. It sounds effective! Sometimes my schedule is so specific, my only social media time is in the morning, though.

    • I feel you there–especially when I work 8-5 and if I have an event after work. Sometimes mornings seem best, but just remember social media isn’t a priority and knowing that will help reduce the urge to check your phone πŸ™‚

  • This is an awesome post and I couldn’t agree more. I’m the same way and I’m so bad with Facebook, but I’ve been trying to cut down my social media use in the morning for the same exact reason! I think everyone should try this.

    • Thank you for your comment, Hannah! I couldn’t agree more! I think it’s so easy to just follow this habit, but it really throws your morning/day off. It’s best to cut it out completely in the morning and make time for it later in the day. πŸ™‚

  • I love this! Especially #3. It’s important to have some time for yourself before the day begins.

    • Exactly! As a morning person….I love that time for myself. My boyfriend thinks I’m crazy, but I love to take my time and relax while I go through my morning.

  • Great post. Work starts at around 8.15am for me, once the dog is walked, the kitchen is cleared after breakfast and my son has gone to school. I have a quick blast on social media whilst I have my morning cup of tea (though I keep it business focused not friends chat). I did get into the habit of creating my instagram image in the morning before getting up and I felt it really set me back in the mornings.

    • I understand using work/business for social media is part of people’s careers, but that’s the main difference–for most people, it’s aimlessly scrolling on their phone and setting their day back whereas others use it for work and business. I completely understand you there. But I do think it’s important to begin the day with a good morning routine before getting online. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your comment!

  • Sarah Louise Zerbe

    I agree it is so much better to just get up and start your day!

  • Interesting perspective! I do start my mornings with social media, but it’s really just to share blog posts for the day (about 10 minutes?) and then I run off to my workout and the rest of my morning ritual and don’t really get back in front of social media until it’s almost time to leave for work. I find I have a harder time with it after work and feeling like it eats away at my whole day and I don’t get to do anything else after work if I spend it all online. Part of this is because my JOB is social media so I am on Facebook all day. haha We all just have to find the right balance.

    • Yes, balance is definitely key. I do know that social media is part of people’s careers (including my own) but I do think it’s important to have a proper morning routine of getting ready, having breakfast and allowing yourself to complete anything that will make you feel ready for the day before jumping on to social media. Thanks for your comment, Katie!

  • I love your perspective. I used to do the same thing but then I realized I was starting my morning off wrong so instead I started using that time to lay in bed and pray and allowing myself to wake up more peacefully. It has been a game changer.

    • Exactly! It just brings a sense of joy and peace knowing you’re not going to run late or stress yourself out before your day begins. Thank you so much for your comment!

  • I need to stop doing it too. It’s been a goal for some time but I fall into the trap of checking a notification I get from Snapchat or Facebook. I’m going to work on this!

    Floradise: http://www.maretteflora.com

    • Good luck with working on this goal–I promise it will make your morning so much more enjoyable! Thank you so much for your comment πŸ™‚

  • You’re so right. Even I go through all the social media accounts after getting up and end up wasting 20-25 minutes. And it’s not even that I get good inspiration or anything. It’s just mostly who hung out without me or who got married and people eating delicious food etc. I should really start following your way.

    • It’s definitely a bad way to begin your morning when you’re looking at everyone’s Instagram-worthy life! It’s just easier to remove that from your morning so that you can begin your day on a positive note!

  • I wonder how many times I have started my morning late because Facebook sucked me in! I need to get on this bandwagon

    • The more you practice, the easier it will become–I promise!

  • Great perspective! I usually just read any texts and see if there are any emails I want to read right away. Otherwise I try to hold off too!

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Rachel! And yes, I understand where you’re coming from with text messages. But I personally try to stay away from emails until I’m in the office so I can work on my work-life balance!

  • Great advice! I set out specific times in my day for social media “browsing” and that is it. Definitely been trying to limit the mindless scrolling because as you mentioned it can quickly eat up so much time.

    • I love the idea of setting aside certain times and allowing yourself only so much time! Thank you so much for your comment and tip, Cara! I’m sure that will help so many other people on here πŸ™‚

  • Love this!! I try to stay off social media in the morning too (and before bed). It has helped me so much!

    • Yes! I’m currently working on the before bed habit as well. I try to stay off social media at least 30-45 minutes before bed.It helps me fall asleep so quickly!

  • Sarah Hartland

    Ahh, I thought this might be it when I read your title. This is a tricky habit to break! Did you quit cold turkey?

    • I did! It was just something that wasn’t helping me or my life–so I removed it! It was a lot easier than I anticipated!

  • I knew it! I have been trying to break this habit for ages. My husband and I both scroll before getting out of bed as a way to wake up and get our brains moving before trying to function…. but… I hate it! I have had some hard things going on in my personal life lately, and waking up and seeing certain things on social media begins my day on such a bad foot. I’m working on becoming more active and eating healthier, and maybe I should challenge myself to take that time to do a quick workout or make a healthy breakfast instead!

    • Yes! I completely agree with you, Joy! Instead of scrolling on social media–try to challenge yourself to a quick, 15-minute morning workout to begin your day instead. That way, you’re doing something healthy in replace of your previously negative habit! I hope all is well in your personal life! I know sometimes life can be challenging, but if you ever need someone to talk to–feel free to reach out!

  • I’ve never fallen into the habit of checking social media when I first wake up–mostly because I don’t wake up early enough to do that! But the few times that I have I found that I spent way too much just scrolling through. I love your thoughts about why you stopped.

    • Thank you so much, Crystal! I truly appreciate your comment! I think it’s great that you don’t check your phone (even if it’s simply because you don’t have time). That means you won’t fall into this habit everyone else does!

  • I can’t seem to break this habit. It does suck waking up and seeing everyone else having a great time on vacation or a night out and you’re getting up to go to a day of work. haha.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Jenny! The more you work at it, the easier it will become! I promise!

  • This is what I needed! I am working at not picking up my cell phone first thing, but it is a difficult habit to break. I do feel better when I can make it to work without checking my phone!

    • I’m happy to know this helped you, Erin! πŸ™‚ Just keep remembering that good feeling when you don’t check your phone in the morning when you begin to feel tempted to pick up your phone!

  • Victoria Lee Werth

    Completely agree! I never check social media in the morning. I’d rather have a glass of water and throw some perfume on to help wake me up.

    • Exactly! It’s great to get up and get yourself awake and ready for the day!

  • Ashley Stephenson

    I set my alarm for 4:45am every morning to go on a walk or jog with the pup. If I don’t immediately jump out of bed and get going I will never get up. I usually save the scrolling on instagram in bed for the weekends.

    • Exactly! It almost stops you from accomplishing the things you want to do in the morning. Then you’re behind, stressed and unmotivated! And yes, some weekends–I’ll set aside time for social media and set a timer so I don’t get carried away!

  • I used to sleep with my phone next to me pretty much every night but I recently started to not charge it before bed and instead, I’ll charge it while I’m sleeping and leave it on my desk! It’s definitely helped me not pick up my phone right away!

    Rachel / http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

    • That’s an awesome way to not your check your phone immediately! I just feel like it’s easier to not check my phone knowing I enjoy my morning routine without it. Thanks for your comment, Rachel!

  • Wow this was a wake up call! I have gotten into the habit of checking social media every morning, but I have to agree… I am usually a lot lazier and less motivated to get up when I do that. I’m going to try this tip out and see how it goes. Thanks for the advice!

    • Of course! I’m so happy to know this helped you! Now it’s time to change your morning routine! πŸ™‚

  • great post! I do check SM every morning, but I try to limit it and not obsess and give myself time to wake up and breathe, you know? thanks for sharing your tips for a better morning!

    • You’re welcome, Tianna! So happy to know you found a balance for social media and beginning your day!

  • I love this!! I don’t check SM in the morning either and I think it puts a good start to my day! <3

  • This is a habit I need to break. I’m horrible at it and feel like I’m pressed for time. Now to make that happen starting tomorrow!

    • You got this girl! I promise it will change your entire morning!

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