Ever wish you could have a just a few more hours in the day to get things done? All the time, right? Just a couple more hours, and then you could finally rock your to-do list, exercise daily, and be the mom you want to be.
Well guess what!?! Changing your mornings will make you feel like you have more hours in the day and will completely transform your entire day. You will be happier, healthier, and accomplish more.
It’s going to be a win for your whole entire family.
Crazy Morning = Crazy Day
If we start our day frenzied and rushing around (trying to take care of hungry kids demanding food, finish the dishes from the day before, prepare kids for school and respond to urgent call/texts) we’re probably not going to have a fantastic day.
However, if we start the day on our terms by preparing ourselves for the day (BEFORE our children are fluttering their little eyelids) we are setting ourselves up to have an spectacular day.
Since we’ve taken care of ourselves, we’re better equipped to take care of our families. Even if you are not naturally a morning person (I am definitely not) you CAN become one. Check out 9 Tips to Make Waking Up a Breeze.
Mornings are AWESOME for moms
Many of the most successful people in the world are early risers. People seeking success in business often adopt the practice. But who better than moms to benefit from having personal time in the mornings?
As a mom, you don’t really get a lot of time to yourself during the day. Some days you just dream of peeing alone.
So after a long day of running around, what do you want to do after the kids are finally in bed? You want to veg out completely. You binge watch Netflix, and then you pay for it the next day.
Waking up before your kids and using the time at the start of the day as opposed to the end of the day will be a complete game changer. You owe it to yourself and to your family to start your day every morning taking care of yourself so that you can seriously rock your day.
(for more on getting quality sleep as a mom, check out 10 Strategies for Moms to Get Dramatically Better Sleep)
There is absolutely nothing natural about waking up early for me. I am about as far from a natural morning person as one can possibly be without being an actual vampire.
Waking up was never easy for me. Every morning growing up, I’d be crying on the inside waking up for school.
As I got older, if I had to be a work at 7:00am, I would literally wake up minutes before I had to leave. I’d then rush around frantically trying to get ready, and scurry out the door still zipping and buttoning. I’d then brush on some mascara at stop lights while I sped to beat the clock.
But yet I always held out hope that one day–one magical day–I could become a morning person.
And then I became a busy sleep-deprived mom and I felt like my dream or being a morning person would just have to die.
But after my 4th baby, I decided that it was time to try to wake up before my kids. I knew I needed help, so I researched. I read books (like this one that completely changed everything).
And miraculously, I started waking up at 4:00am.
From the first day, it has been a complete game-changer. I am not only happier, healthier and more patient, I feel like I have a few more hours to get things done everyday.
So what exactly should one do in the mornings?
As humans, we have a finite amount of willpower. We literally use it up throughout the day. Research shows that willpower decreases as the day goes one.
So how can you make the most of the mornings?
Basically, you should be doing things that require the most willpower.
Many things with which we fill our time will get done one way or the other (e.g. cleaning, laundry etc.). So in the mornings, we should be doing the things that can most easily get pushed aside.
For most moms, that is selfcare practices like exercising, meditating, and reading.
Doing things that renew you and make you feel wonderful set you up to have a fantastic day.
9 THINGS TO DO IN THE MORNING
(before your kids wake up)
1) Make your bed
It only takes a few seconds, but it leaves you with an immediate sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
Slipping into a made bed at the end of the day just feels better.
2) Drink Water
Drinking water first thing in the morning jump starts out systems. It also helps to wake you up and give your energy. .
4) Read Something Uplifting
As moms, it easy to feel like we don’t have time to read anything other than bedtime stories.
But setting aside time for reading something uplifting (and adult) ensures that we can reap the tremendous benefits. You could read a parenting article, religious text, a self-help book or any great book that lifts you up and inspires you.
Mediation is amazing. Once a skeptic, I’m now all in.
Meditation is basically clearing your mind and focusing on your breath and perhaps your body sensations. You don’t have to shave your head, wear a robe, or start believing the healing power of crystals.
I like these free guided meditations from UCLA Health, if you want a place to get started.
6) Set your intentions for the day
Setting your intentions at the start of the day is an important key to a productive, successful day.
How do you want to feel today?
What do you want to accomplish?
Exploring these questions is helpful to ensure that you are on your A-game in parenting and in life. Some examples include:
- Create to-do lists
- Discussing with your spouse/friend what you want to do (like an accountability partner
7) Get showered and ready for the day
For busy moms, this can be a real struggle. But there is a power that comes from taking a quick shower and putting on “real” clothes.
You don’t need to be ready for the Oscars, but just feeling clean and a little put together with some mascara and a fresh ponytail will do wonders for your productivity and happiness.
8) Spend quality time with your family
Whether with your spouse or your children, mornings are a great time to spend quality, relaxed time with your family.
You’ve already accomplished so much before your kids wake up. So once they DO wake up, there’s no need to rush around and focus on things yet to get done. You can truly savor your breakfast with your family or have great conversations.
9) Avoid Technology
Nothing will waste your time more than “quickly” checking email or social media. It sucks you in and in the blink of an eye 30 minutes of precious time is gone with nothing to show for it.
Now go and make YOUR morning amazing
How we spend our mornings has the power to completely shape our lives. Waking up before your children and taking care of yourself will transform your day and help you become the mom you dream of becoming.
Take the 9 tips from above and build your ideal morning.
You’ve got this, mama!