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Oh, the mornings. When the kids are asleep, the sun hasn’t risen yet, and it feels like the whole world is hibernating. That’s the time to be awake.
Because you get to be alone, spend time doing the things that you love, and reset before your kids wake up for the day. Creating a morning routine might be the best thing that’s ever happened to you!
In this post, we’re going to look at why, exactly, every mom needs a morning routine, as well as a few activities that you might like to include in your morning to start the day on a self-love high!
You start your day with a full cup
There’s an age-old phrase that says “you can’t pour out of an empty cup”, and we think that no truer words were ever said. Yet as moms, we tend to find ourselves doing this daily. Sleepless night? No breakfast? A cold coffee? It doesn’t matter, we still have to look after our kids. But the fact that we have to doesn’t make it any easier.
Do you know what will make it easier? Making sure that your cup is full before the day begins. Taking some time every morning to spend anywhere from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours alone will mean that you get to prioritize yourself in any way you like before the day gets started.
You get to spend time alone
The beauty of spending a few moments in peace. Once you become a mother, there’s nothing quite like it! Those silent moments in the morning are extra precious because it feels like the whole world is still asleep. And those things going around your head? Those are thoughts...it’s been a while since you’ve heard them, right?!
You get to do the things that you love
The early morning is the best time to do the things you love as, unlike the evening, you’re energized and have nothing that you need to catch up on...yet. You get to choose exactly how you spend this time and that’s what is so great about it! Try planning the things that you want to do during your morning routine so that when you wake up you’re ready to go (and less tempted to start scrolling through social media).
You could practice yoga, meditate, go for a run, write a blog post, catch up on messages with friends. Anything that will make you feel great and ready to face the day is a wonderful thing to include in your morning routine.
It’s better than going to bed late
When you’ve got children, it can be tempting to stay up way past their bedtime so that you can spend a couple of groggy hours numbing out in front of the TV. But does doing that every night make you feel good? Could it be possible that going to bed early and waking up early will be more beneficial to your well-being and help you to start each day with a bang?
Just give it a try. You might love it.
You’ll feel accomplished
We’ve mentioned this a couple of times already, but creating and practicing a morning routine will make you feel like you’ve accomplished so much before the day has even started! That alone is enough to boost your energy levels, your productivity, and your mood.
What to include in your morning routine
First thing’s first - get hydrated. Not only are you going to need to hydrate after a night of sleep but it’s a gentle way to wake your digestive system in the morning. Personally, we like to start the day with a large glass of room temperature water and a slice of lemon.
Movement is one of the fastest ways to take care of your body, mind, and soul. By practicing movement in the morning, it becomes much easier to commit to making it a part of your daily routine. After all, we all know that leaving exercise until later in the day never works out.
Get your joints warmed up and your blood pumping first thing by going for a short run or practicing some yoga in your pajamas.
As this might be the only chance you get to appreciate the silence, this is a wonderful time to practice meditation, reflect, and visualize. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed and watch your thoughts as they come and go, releasing any that try to stick around and making a note of anything that comes up that you need to remember or spend time thinking about later. You could follow a guided meditation or listen to a little music if it helps you to set the mood and settle into your practice!
Visualization is also a wonderful way to start the day. Simply picture the version of yourself that you want to carry throughout the day - her emotions, how she connects with others, what she’s going to do. And then go about your day in that exact way!
Journaling is one of the very best gifts that you can offer your future self! You might like to write a list of things that you’re grateful for or reflect on the previous day. A particularly effective journaling exercise is called ‘future scripting’ and involves writing in your journal from the perspective of your future self. You might like to include what you’ve achieved, how you feel, where you live, and how you spend your days. The trick is to then start aiming to be that version of yourself!
Whatever literature you’re into, finding the time to read a few pages every morning is a great way to start the day. Whether it’s self-development, fiction, or factual, the more you read, the more you grow. And the more you grow, the faster you start becoming that future version of yourself.
Getting dressed (optional)
Now, we’ve left ‘getting dressed’ as optional because this is a love it or hate it kinda thing. Although you might feel more energized after getting dressed, you could also enjoy making the most of being cozy in your pj’s for as long as possible. You do you, and enjoy it either way!
The morning is one of the very best times to create a routine because it’s the only time that we can guarantee we’ll have some time alone. Even if you only have enough time to boil the kettle before your little one’s feet come plodding into the kitchen, you’ve had the chance to wake up, breathe, and get centered before the day has started.