A good morning routine, especially when it makes you feel good about yourself, is the perfect way to start your day. Done often enough, it can quickly become second nature, and it can mean that you start your day off on the right foot.
The secret to a simple morning routine
Creating a morning routine can be a really easy and simple thing to do – even if you’re not typically a morning person. It doesn’t have to be complicated or include lots of different steps (unless you want it to!), and it doesn’t have to be a scary or stressful experience.
Done right, it can actually help you to love your mornings again! Even those mornings that begin with an M…
Making habits and sticking to them
Habits are the foundation to your morning routine. To set up a morning routine that will not only make you feel good about yourself, but will also boost your productivity, habits are a great starting point.
Even when you’re super busy and rushed off your feet, your morning habits should still be your focus. They’re the things that will ease your stress and set you up for the day.
If you’re not convinced, then I’m willing to bet that you already have a lot of habits, but just don’t realise that you’re doing them.
You know that cup of coffee that you look forward to first thing? That’s a morning habit. The to do list that you write out while you’re sipping your coffee? That’s a morning habit too. Even hitting the snooze button on the alarm is a morning habit, albeit, not a very good one.
Have a look below for some quick and easy ideas to get you started
Now we have some ideas, let’s talk about the most important habit of all. The one that you should definitely be adding into your morning routine.
Achieving a natural morning routine
There’s no doubt about it, being a Mum can be bloody hard work sometimes! We’re on the ball 24/7, doing everything we can to keep our little ones happy, safe and well. And we do all of this without giving ourselves a second thought.
Although we try our best, there’s only so much we can do before we end up getting totally burnt out.
Does that sound familiar? It certainly does to me.
Well what if I was to tell you that there is something that you can do that will make things a little bit easier. Something that will set your day off on the right foot.
It would be amazing wouldn’t it?
And it’s something that is so simple, that you’ll wish you’d thought of it before.
The secret to a happy morning
The magic formula that I’m talking about, the one that we should all be doing is… to have some time to yourself.
Before you roll your eyes and click that back button, just hear me out for a second.
I know exactly what you’re thinking…
How can I possibly manage to squeeze some time to myself into my day when I’m a single parent/stay at home mum/have a partner that works long hours? It’s just not possible.
Actually, it is possible, and it’s not as hard as you think. It may take a little bit of time to find your groove, but once you’ve found it, you’ll feel so much better.
At first, it can take a little bit of trial and error, but if you persevere, you can quickly find something that works for both you and for your family. Something that benefits all of you.
It’s worth a try isn’t it?
How to add some time to yourself into your morning routine
First of all, you’re going to need to find that ‘golden hour’.
What do I mean by the golden hour? Well, it’s that time of the day where all the kids are asleep and you can totally relax on your own. That moment when you sit down knowing that they’re safe and happy and that you can have some time to yourself to do what YOU want to do.
I’d say that one of the best times to do this is in the morning. I don’t know about you, but I’m generally quite tired in the evenings. Getting things done is the last thing on my mind!! Therefore, evenings for me are all about chilling out in front of the TV and not really thinking about or doing too much.
The mornings however are a great time to start planning your day and making a start on all of those little jobs that need doing.
If you’re not a morning person (like me), then this new routine may take some getting used to. But believe me, it is definitely worth it in the long run. And, it does get a LOT easier.
Waking up earlier
Getting your mind and body ready to get up and out of bed earlier than you’re used to, or earlier than you’d like is hard. But it is also doable.
As a general rule of thumb, you know what time your kids wake up. Getting up even just half an hour before they do will enable you to get so much more done than you usually would.
If your morning routine at the moment consists of waking up when the kids jump on the bed, forcing yourself to wake up, going downstairs and starting the day at full speed, then you’re not getting the best that you can get out of your morning.
When you have little ones running around, your attention is always focused on what they’re doing and where they are. Trying to get things done, like cleaning or even just having a hot drink can sometimes be virtually impossible.
Now imagine if you could wake up and do what you needed, and wanted to do before you had to think about anything else?
- A morning workout
- Preparing breakfast
- Reading a book
- Browsing social media
How much more relaxed would you feel?
I know it’s easier said than done because we all love our sleep, but once you get into a rhythmn you’ll find that you actually start to enjoy it.
If you find that you have those mornings where you’re exhausted and you really can’t face getting up earlier than usual, then why not try doing 3 mornings a week and going from there?
Ok, so how do I add this into my morning routine then?
If your kids usually wake up at 7 am, then try setting your alarm for 6 am and seeing how you feel. Just because you’ve set your alarm, it doesn’t mean that you have to get up straight away.
If you’re really not feeling it, then you could always grab a book and have a read, or have a browse through social media. If you’re feeling particularly motivated, you could even pop online and get the groceries ordered.
Imagine getting your whole weekly shop done and dusted before you’ve even climbed out of bed?
The important thing is that waking up that little bit earlier means that you can get on and do those things that you usually don’t have time for or feel guilty for doing. Whether you want to read a book for an hour, or have a nice long soak in the bath, having this extra time to yourself means that you can just do it.
Boosting that productivity
Knowing that you have this time to yourself to look forward to every day can really change your mindset, and help you to feel less stressed. With the help of the internet, there are so many things you can get done in the comfort of your own home now:
- Work out videos
- Paying bills
- Online shopping
- Making appointments
- Working from home
Obviously, getting all the chores and the ‘boring bits’ done is really good, but just be careful that you don’t overload yourself too much. This time is about YOU, and you don’t want to spend all of it doing housework and scheduling dentist appointments.
If you’ve set your alarm for an hour earlier, then try having a read or a browse on your phone for half an hour before getting up.
Or, go downstairs and do some yoga/knitting/coffee time before opening the lap top and getting the shopping ordered.
Find your happy balance, and work from there.
When you start your new morning routine, make sure you go at a pace that suits you. Don’t feel bad if you sometimes just want an extra hour in bed. You’re doing this for you. If sleeping in on a Sunday will make you feel good, then go for it.
Could you get up an hour earlier, or do you love your sleep too much?
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