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A morning routine can make or break your day as a stay at home mom. If you’re thinking ‘Sam, I am NOT a morning person’ that’s okay! I thought I wasn’t an early riser until I learned how to do it properly and in a way that works for my lifestyle. Our mornings as moms do not need to look the same but there are some basic elements you simply can’t skimp on.
Why is a morning routine so important, anyway?
Here at The Mommy Motivator we’re all about self-care. As someone who works from home, has anxiety and has a husband who works nights, my routine can make or break me. I know I’m not the only mom who feels like breaking down when things get messy and chaotic.
One way to prevent having a hard day is having an amazing morning routine. By following this “schedule” to the best of my ability, I accomplish more during the day without overwhelm and burnout.
So if you’re having a hard time getting a morning routine down, this post may be just what you need for some inspiration! Take what you think will work for your lifestyle and commit to it. Let’s get into it, shall we?
BE PREPARED THE NIGHT BEFORE
I have committed to setting myself up for success every day. This means that I make sure when I go to bed at night I have everything done to make my morning go smoother.
For me this looks something like this:
- Wash the dishes, pick up toys, organize/straighten the house and make sure everything is clean. This ensures I don’t wake up immediately overwhelmed by tasks. Plus waking up to a clean house is wonderful, isn’t it?
- Have the coffee maker set up and the automatic brew on so that when I make my way into the kitchen in the morning, my coffee is ready to be poured. If I decide I’ll have tea the next morning instead I’ll fill the kettle up and have it on the stove top, ready to be turned on.
- Have my supplements/medicine set aside and in plain sight so I remember to take them first thing.
- Pre-make or have breakfast stuff set aside and ready to be made. So I might make overnight oats or just have all of my breakfast stuff (eggs, fruit, sausage, etc) already cut up and grouped together to make cooking even easier.
- Set my alarm for at least an hour before my son normally wakes up + go to bed at a decent time. It’s important to make sure you’re getting 7-9 hours of sleep. This will reduce irritation during the day. I do NOT function well without proper sleep.
GET UP EARLY & TAKE YOUR TIME
Just because you’re up early doesn’t mean you need to rush into your day. Take it slow.
Grab your tea or coffee, cook your breakfast, sit down and just enjoy your own company. Bored? Read a few pages of a book or listen to a podcast to get you in a good mindset. Or snuggle up on the couch and enjoy an episode of a grown up show!
Here are some things I’m really enjoying right now:
- You Are A Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero
- Going Beyond Mom: How To Activate Your Mind, Body and Business After Baby
- The Coffee + Crumbs Podcast
- Magic Lessons With Elizabeth Gilbert Podcast
The best part about getting up before your kids is relaxing. But if you work from home like me you may be inclined to get some things done. That’s great but don’t stress yourself out so early. It’s not good for you!
Instead of doing the major things, focus on smaller tasks like checking emails. Reducing the amount of small, mundane things you need to do also leaves you more time to focus on your kids and get your major chores done, whether for work or errands during the day.
Side note – if you’re looking to drop a few pounds in a healthy way I suggest ACV – Apple Cider Vinegar. In the morning, all you have to do is dilute a little with water and drink up! I do a small glass, so about 6-8 ounces of warm water and a tablespoon of ACV.
Do NOT drink ACV straight. It’s very acidic so it will eat away at your teeth enamel. For added benefits throw in some lemon juice and ginger. It’s a wonderful little detox and can clean out your gut without causing discomfort.
When I drink it before bed I wake up in the morning having lost a noticeable amount of water weight.
TRY TO EXERCISE
I can readily admit that working out in the morning is my least favorite thing to do. I’m more of an early afternoon run kind of person.
However, working out in the morning is extremely beneficial for your metabolism and overall mood. Exercise will wake you up before your coffee even kicks in.
If you decide you want to work out in the morning but you want to take it easy (which I highly recommend if you don’t normally workout in the morning) I suggest yoga, pilates or a walk. These are my favorite low impact exercises and you can find a million different videos to follow along with on YouTube.
And for pilates you simply can’t go wrong with Blogilates!
Even if it’s just for a few minutes, being outside is a super easy way to relax and wake up.
There’s something about being up in the morning before the sun has risen all of the way and it feels so calm and serene outside. Sitting on the front porch with my coffee or tea and a book in the early hours wakes me up in the calmest way.
I don’t care if you go for a walk, hang out on the patio or lay down in the grass. Just let yourself enjoy the fresh air. Your body and mind crave that more than you know. Have you ever stepped outside and immediately took a deep breath, just loving the smell and feel of the air? Imagine waking up that way every single day. But instead of imagining it, just do it!
LASTLY, GET EXCITED!
You are a MOM. There is a little one (or a few little ones) sleeping soundly and probably dreaming of their sweet, amazing mama.
You are so loved and appreciated. When kids are little they can’t always tell us how they feel but they do show us. They show us in their grins, their hugs, and their kisses.
Get excited in the morning! Get excited because not only are you enjoying some time for yourself but you also have a child who wakes up every day immediately thinking of you and wanting to give you love and attention.
Being appreciative of what you have is a great way to take care of yourself.
Your limitations for change and success do not exist. You are constantly transforming every day into your true self.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t absolutely love where you are right now.