After we wake up in the morning, the first thing many of us do is down a cup of coffee. But as it turns out, we’ve been doing this wrong the whole time. And believe it or not, there are even more everyday habits that need correcting, according to experts. Let’s have a look at what they are.
We at Bright Side have also gotten used to doing many things a certain way and would like to share with you some daily patterns that we need to break for the better.
1. Drinking coffee before 9:30 a.m.
Each body is different but there is a 24-hour hormonal cycle for everyone. In other words, we’re all programmed. And the hormone known as cortisol that makes us feel awake normally gets released from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. We don’t need to boost our body to feel awake with other things, like coffee, during this period.
The best times for your coffee breaks are between 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The worst times are between 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.; 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.; and 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
2. Putting eggs in cold water before you boil them
If you were placing eggs in cold water before boiling them, these experts may surprise you. The first rule, in this case, is to start hot and finish cold. By doing things like this, the eggs become easier to peel. This also makes it so you can set the timer for hard or soft boiled eggs more accurately.
Next time, try to put the eggs in boiling water and then place them in cold water just after they’re done.
3. Opening canned food incorrectly
It’s not rare to cut your finger on the can’s sharp edge after opening it with a handheld device. This happens because we’ve gotten used to doing it a certain way but there’s actually a simple lifehack that can help you avoid getting injured.
Just place the opener like it’s shown on the top right pic so it crosses the can. It will cut the can, but a bit lower than usual, and you can then grab the rim from the top.
4. Leaving a loofah in the shower
Loofah sponges are breeding grounds for bacterial species that can literally grow overnight, researchers say. And when you leave one in a moist, warm shower, it even makes the situation even worse. Let it sit in a dry place after being used.
You can throw it in the laundry or let it soak in a diluted bleach solution for 5 minutes once a week as well.
5. Shaving your legs against the grain as soon as you step in the shower
Just count how many times you’ve shaved your legs and how many times your skin has become irritated afterward. Perhaps this is because you’ve been doing it wrong. First of all, don’t shave as soon as you get into the shower. Let your skin and hair get wet to prevent continued pulling on the hair that can cause skin irritation.
Second, don’t shave against the direction of hair growth even if it gives you faster results. You’ll simply injure your skin.
6. Using a knife to slice cold butter
If you’ve been struggling with cutting cold butter, there’s a better solution on how to make perfect slices. Use a peeler designed for slicing vegetables and fruits. Now you can easily place butter on bread without smearing it with a knife. The same trick is also convenient for cheese.