Ah, mornings. I know I’m not the only mom that wants to hit the snooze button several times before getting out of bed. However, what you do in the morning can make a significant impact on the rest of your day. If you’re a morning mom, more power to you! If not, take heart – there are some tried-and-true ways to revamp your morning routine and start your day off on the right foot. Here are five things I do to make my morning routine the highlight of my day.
Clear Your Head
Before you even get out of bed, prepare yourself mentally for the day ahead. Spend a few minutes to pray for a productive, peaceful, and fulfilling day. Starting your day off with mindfulness, positivity, and help from the Lord can do wonders for your mental health. If you’re one of many moms that reach for their smartphones as a way to wake up, nix this habit. Starting your day with a flurry of messages, emails, and reminders is a recipe for stress. Clear your head, get fully immersed in the present, and wake up with a prayer.
Drink a Glass of Water
Your morning pick-me-up is probably a large cup of coffee, but it may be time to try something a bit different. No, you don’t have to ditch your cup of Joe. Just try drinking a large glass of water as soon as you wake up, before your coffee. After not drinking anything for several hours, your body needs fluid to rejuvenate. Drinking water right when you wake up can kick start your metabolism and give your body the healthy, replenishing nourishment it needs. Plus, it’s a great way to get a jumpstart on drinking more water throughout the day.
Squeeze in a Quick Stretch Session
Develop a morning stretch routine. It doesn’t have to be anything strenuous or time consuming – just do a few basic stretches right when you get out of bed. Stretching first thing in the morning will help you shake off stiffness, limber up for the day ahead, and take a couple of minutes for yourself before diving into your daily responsibilities. If you usually wake up to your kids jumping on your bed, make a five-minute family stretch session part of your routine as a group.
Make a List
I’m not saying you have to have a set-in-stone calendar of events for your day, but it definitely helps me to have a basic idea of what I need to get accomplished. I sit down and make a short to-do list every morning to help boost my productivity, organization, and time management. Jotting down a brief list helps me remember everything and keep items prioritized. Put things you absolutely have to do, like take the kids to a dentist appointment, at the top of your list, and things you’d like to get done, like decluttering the rec room, toward the bottom. Check things off as you finish them throughout the day to stay on track and relish the feeling of marking items as completed.
Eat a Balanced Breakfast
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! We’ve all heard it, but do you really take breakfast as seriously as you should? Eating a balanced meal in the morning can prevent things that can lead to a bad day, such as headaches, irritability, and, of course, hunger. It can help you keep your healthy eating habits on track, starting the day off with a positive choice. Make a bowl of oatmeal, eat some fresh fruit, or grab a yogurt to go if you’re crunched for time.
Your morning sets the tone for your whole day. Build a morning that leaves you feeling powerful, in control, and excited about the day ahead.