I think everyone can relate to the chaos that comes immediately after the first alarm bell rings. If you don’t press snooze, you’re already ahead of the game. But if you’re a new mom who’s little one still isn’t sleeping through the night consistently, then my guess is you’ve hit that sweet sweet snooze button 3-4 times before finally dragging your butt out of bed. You take a couple sips of coffee before changing the first dirty diaper of the morning, let the dog out, feed the baby and change their clothes before you’re even fully awake. You make sure everyone else (but you) are fed & pop that cold cup of coffee into the microwave for the 2nd time. Before long, you’re running late and you haven’t even washed your hair. Dry shampoo it is! You shove something that looks like an adult lunchable into a plastic bag for the husband, jump in the car and head to daycare drop off looking like a hot mess.
Because I work from home, I have the luxury of heading back to the comfort of the couch after morning drop off and obviously that means wearing yoga pants ( let’s be real, pajamas) most days of the week. But I’ll be the first to admit that if I don’t get to actually prepare for a day of work, it can do a number on my energy and productivity. So I’ve really begun to focus on a morning routine that will help me not only avoid the chaos and stress of a morning gone wrong, but bring more peace and fun to our morning routine. Here are few things I’ve employed this week to help shape up my mornings in a way that feels supportive to our goals rather than a failure when things don’t go according to plan.
Do as much as you can the night before.
This is the lamest but most essential tip for streamlining your morning. It’s not hard to understand why taking the time to prep the coffee pot, make lunches, and put out clothes for everyone will save you MUCHO time in the morning, so why do we never do this?! I’m totally guilty of not even wanting to peel myself out of bed to wash my face at night let alone prep for the next day but do yourself a favor and just do it.
Pick ONE activity you MUST do for yourself in the morning.
Let’s be honest, most of us start our days by scrolling our newsfeeds instead of putting ourselves first. Seeing endless photos of other people who having their act seemingly together will undoubtedly make you feel like crap and we don’t want to start the day off on that note. Let’s all agree to kick that habit and focus on starting our days with one habit that will center us and make our days brighter. Whether it’s 10 minutes of uninterrupted quite time, a 30 minute workout, reading your devotionals or personal development, meditation, or just taking the time to do your hair and make up, you deserve to start your morning off on the right foot. Don’t get hung up on trying to do everything your favorite Instagram influencer does that makes you feel terribly inadequate. Pick one thing and stick to it. Once you’ve made that a consistent habit, pick another and remember, you are human so don’t come down hard on yourself if doesn’t all come together.
Be a big girl and eat your breakfast.
I can already hear it. “I’m not hungry in the morning”, “I don’t like breakfast foods”, “I’d rather just drink my coffee”. Eating breakfast should be an essential and non-negotiable part of your morning. If that means you make an egg bake on Sunday and eat the same damn thing every day then so be it. But fueling your body with protein and healthy carbohydrates will give your blood sugar the natural, slow increase it needs to push your energy levels up in the morning and get your going faster. Plus, studies show that when you start your morning off with a healthy breakfast, you are far more likely to continue to make healthier choices throughout the day. Win-win.
Have an Accountability Partner
My sister and I check in with each other every morning. Having someone that knows your goals and will help keep you on track is crucial to maintaining any positive habits. Let your bff know what time you plan to get up, or invite them to your morning workout. Have them remind you to eat breakfast or encourage you to pack the day’s lunch. If it’s someone you love and trust, they’ll be first in line to help you reach your goals and give you that extra push you need to be successful.
Finding a morning routine is not about being perfect. It’s about identifying what habits make you feel most at ease and set you up for an awesome day ahead. If one day doesn’t pan out, don’t give up entirely, just take note of what could be improved and know that this is your life! It’s not meant to be perfect, it’s meant to be enjoyed. You are in charge here so take charge of your mornings- you got this!