Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve really been trying to find my ideal morning routine. I won’t say “perfect morning routine” because we all know sometimes things don’t go as planned. I always found myself super rushed in the morning… from the moment I woke up to the minute I walked out the door, it felt like a whirlwind. I hated it and I knew something needed to change. So, I started to figure out how to make my mornings better.
1.) Wake up earlier & have some “YOU” time. By now, I pretty much know what time my little girl is going to wake up every morning. As parents, we all know that once your kids are awake you get into full rush mode. My tv is mostly on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and I never really had time to catch up on my DVR shows because, once bedtime rolls around; I find myself too tired to hardly make it through a whole show. So, I set my alarm about an hour before my daughter wakes up. This hour is my time to have my coffee, watch my shows, scroll Facebook, have quiet time, read my devotional book… whatever I feel like doing before the day starts. Some days I just want to keep sleeping, but every time I do, I miss my morning time.
2.) Wake up in a good mood. The morning is a fresh start, so be sure to take a minute to set the tone of the day when first waking up. Kiss those morning blues goodbye! Don’t dread your workday or that really long list of errands staring at you on the counter. Instead, think positive thoughts. Think about what you are grateful for this morning—it’s all about attitude, after all. You may not be able to control what happens to you throughout the day, but you can certainly control how you react and respond.
3.) Eat a healthy breakfast. Make breakfast count. You know that you shouldn’t skip breakfast, so be sure to take a few extra minutes to enjoy a bite to eat, even if it’s just a granola bar while you’re running out the door. Set yourself up for success, trust me, you will need that extra energy to make it through your day.
4.) Pick up the house. There is nothing worse than coming home after a long day to a mess to clean up. So in the mornings, try to pick up a little, wash the dishes… anything you would have to do in the evening, do it now! It will make your evening so much better and you will be so thankful. Make your bed and open up the blinds to let some sunlight in. This will help you start your day off on the right foot!
I am no expert on successful mornings, but these are just a few things I’ve tried to implement into my morning routine to have a better start each day. Let me know in the comments if these things work for you, or what makes your morning great!