If you’re anything like me, you are NOT a morning person. Like, at all. My morning routine consisted of rolling out of bed after my kids jumped on me for the third time, dragging myself downstairs and fixing breakfast half-awake while waiting for my coffee to be done. I was a mombie, like for real.
How you spend your morning affects how the rest of your day will go. Looking back, it made sense that my days were a lot more chaotic and disorganized, and I was a lot less patient. Let me tell you all about the simple morning routine that changed my life.
*This is a post in my series “Be A Happier Mom In 31 Days.“*
Things that don’t belong in your morning routine:
- Hitting snooze…again and again.
- Checking your phone as soon as you wake up. The gram can wait, girl.
- Staying in bed. Put your big girl chonies on and get moving!
- Skipping breakfast. (This one was so hard for me because while the kids were eating I would go get dressed, come back down and they were done eating and onto their next demands.)
- Rushing through everything. So much anxiety!
Now that we’ve got the bad habits out of the way, let’s move on to the good ones, shall we?
Wake up early.
I need more sleep and you’re saying I should wake up early? Don’t worry, I’m not trying to deny you your beauty sleep. But waking up early really improves your overall mental health and well-being, according to this study. Plus, the early bird really does get the worm.
Open your eyes and stretch.
I don’t know about you, but I love that early morning wake up stretch. Stretching is not only good for you, but it signals your body that it’s about to get active. You’re more likely to get out of bed if your body is ready to.
Let the light in.
Once you get out of bed, open up your blinds/curtains and let that natural light flood the room. Open the window and breathe in that cold morning air. If you’re not quite awake yet, sit on your bed and just let the light shine on you. I don’t do this anymore because we co-sleep with our youngest and I am NOT trying to wake him up unless I absolutely have to, but I miss it so much!
And I don’t just mean a cup of coffee. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a reason. Start your day off right with a quick, wholesome breakfast and a satisfied stomach.
The most essential part of my morning routine is sitting down and envisioning how I want my day to go. For this, I use my Morning Focus self care worksheet (you can download it here). I find that it gives me more power over my day and serves as a reminder of the goals I laid out. I am less likely to get lost or lose focus- even with three kids!
Although you can change or add in anything you want to your personal routine, these steps are all crucial for a successful day. The best part is that if something doesn’t work for you, you can try something else the very next day. Eventually your morning routine will become sacred and you’ll wonder how you ever went without it.