It’s an unfortunate but universal truth that the first thing you do when you wake up is pick up your phone. We all know the urge to check your email and social media accounts is nearly irresistible, and it only gets worse as the day goes on. We’re here to tell you: don’t do it! There are so many reasons why this is a bad idea—let us be your guide as we explore a few of them together:
It’s bad for your brain
First of all, and most obviously, it means you start your day being distracted and unfocused. You’re not going to get anything done if you’re fretting over the number of emails waiting for you in your inbox or thinking about what happened on Twitter last night. It’s important to be able to focus first thing in the morning, particularly if you have an early meeting or appointment.
If you keep yourself from looking at work emails and social media accounts until later in the day, when you’re more focused, you’ll be able to respond more efficiently with more thoughtful and relevant responses.
Blue light can cause blurry vision, eyestrain, and dry eyes
Our eyes are designed to function best in natural light; they often struggle to adjust to artificial light like the one coming from a computer screen. In fact, our eyes remain more sensitive to blue light (which is produced by electronic screens) throughout the day than they are during any other time period; even in the evening, we don’t see as much blue light as we do when we check our phones first thing in the morning before we’ve opened our curtains.
Unnecessary anxiety and stress
Your anxiety and stress levels can spike when you wake up and immediately check your phone. The reason for this is because it feels like something important could be waiting for you – and if it’s not, then what was the point of looking at all? This makes it harder to get out of bed and start your day because now you’re worrying about what might be going on in your life instead of focusing on what’s actually happening right now. Your day becomes less productive as a result since all those feelings of anxiety and stress are distracting from what you’d rather be doing.
Spend time doing something you love
Instead of checking your phone, try meditating or doing yoga. It will help soothe your mind and prepare you for a day of work. If that’s not something you are interested in, then at least spend some time with your family before getting ready for work. You can spend time making breakfast together or even have a quick game of fetch with your dog! But don’t just toss on a shirt and pants and rush out the door like everyone else. Take a moment to enjoy your life and be grateful that you’re healthy enough to get out of bed.
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