Do you struggle in the mornings?
Does the sound of your alarm make you want to roll over and go straight back to sleep? Do you find that the self care ideas that you have just don’t seem to happen and get lost in the 101 other thoughts going round in your head?
Well, guess what? You’re not alone. I’m right there with you.
Mornings can be stressful, especially if you’re anything like me. Dragging yourself out of bed when the alarm goes off, rushing about in a blind panic, and leaving for work before you can even count to ten can start to take its toll.
Always on the go and never really thinking about yourself becomes especially prevalent when you become a Mum and you have a million and one things to do before you can even eat breakfast.
So how can you make sure those self care ideas become a permanent part of your morning routine?
Rushing around at a hundred miles an hour, day in and day out can leave you feeling exhausted and run down. You can burn yourself out and it can even start affecting your mental health.
Everybody needs a bit of ‘me time’ every now and then, and it’s important that we incorporate it into our daily routines.
It’s important for us, and it’s important for our families,
Self care ideas for the morning routine
Although it may not feel like it, the mornings are the perfect time to start adding a little bit of self care into your routine.
It can set you up for the day and leave you feeling refreshed and a bit more ready to take on the world. It doesn’t even need to take up too much time, just five minutes here and there can be just what you need.
Before you do anything else, try stepping outside for a few minutes in the morning. Open the door, walk out and have a big stretch. Listen to the birds, feel the breeze or sunlight on your face and take a deep breath.
I always find this is an amazing thing to do towards the end of the year.
As it’s cold, you get a nice breath of fresh air to wake you up and clear your head, and if you time it right, you can see the first glimmers of morning light, as the world begins to wake up.
Everything is quiet and untouched, nobody is about, and it can feel like you’re the only person in the world before the hustle and bustle of rush hour takes hold.
Stand still and take a few minutes to clear your head and take it all in.
Write a list
The morning is the perfect time to write a quick to do list.
You know when you wake up and immediately start thinking about everything that you need to do that day? It goes round and round in your head and you just can’t seem to stop it, let alone think about anything else.
Well, why not take the opportunity to sit down and write everything out into a list.
Do you need to get petrol on the way to work, pick up some more nappies and reply to that text that’s been sitting in your inbox for a week?
Write it all down.
It gets it out of your head, you can stop thinking about it, and you’ll feel great at the end of the day when you see all those ticks next to everything.
I find it really helpful to write out a to do list on my phone. That way, it’s always with me and you can cross things off or add new ones as you think of them.
Tea or coffee
On my days off work, I’ll sit down and have a coffee before I do anything else. Cupar has his breakfast at the same time, so we’ll sit in the living room and chill out together for 10 minutes before we get started with our day.
I’ll usually put some cartoons on for him, or we’ll read a book, and I find it’s so nice to be able to just relax together for a little while.
Before I started making time to have a coffee, I’d be tidying the kitchen, putting some washing on, putting all the toys away and just generally rushing about. Now that I take the time to sit down and do something for myself, I’ve found that I’m a lot more relaxed in the mornings.
Who cares if the house is a mess or the recycling needs to go out? It can wait an extra few minutes.
Audiobooks and podcasts
If you really don’t have any extra time to sit down and have a few minutes to yourself in the mornings, why not try putting an audiobook or podcast on while you’re getting ready?
You can download them straight to your phone, you don’t need any wifi, and you can take them with you wherever you are.
I always put something on when I’m in the car on the way to work. I find that listening to something, especially something that you have to concentrate on, clears your head almost straight away.
My drive to work used to seem so long, but now it just zips by, and rather than being stressed, I look forward to it because it means I can listen to my book.
If you find you struggle for time in the mornings, try getting prepared the night before.
Lay all the clothes out, prepare the lunches and get the bowls and cereal ready for breakfast. Make sure the shoes are by the door and all the bags have everything in them that you’ll need.
There’s nothing worse than being a bit short for time and finding out the changing bag doesn’t have any nappies and wipes in it, or the children can’t find their shoes, or you’ve realised that there’s no bread and you’re going to have to run to the shops before you can make the packed lunches.
Doing a little bit of preparation the night before can make your mornings so much easier to deal with, which means you’ll have more time to relax and take things a bit slower.
Start to love your mornings again. Just adding one little self care technique into your routine can make a world of difference, and it can change how you go about your day too.
How do you make your mornings easier to handle? Do you have any self care ideas to share?
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