For moms, it seems like we never have time for self-care. It wasn’t until I committed myself to a morning routine that was surrounded by self-care that I saw a noticeable difference in my attitude and positivity.
You see, I was horrible at taking time to nourish my own well-being. It’s like the standard mom thing to do… ignore yourself until everyone else is taken care of. Only then if you have time do you do something that you love.
Creating a morning routine that works for you will take time and consistency but you shouldn’t be deterred by the initial work it will take.
Creating A Morning Routine Changed My Life
When I first started getting really into making my mornings work for me was when my husband was deployed and I transitioned into working full-time from home.
But really it started well before that… around the time that we brought our second baby home from the hospital.
You see I was working full-time outside of the home at this point. I was pumping 4 times a day and still managing my home, engrossed in my family and juggling friendships.
A morning routine no matter what stage of life you’re in will be a life-changer if you give it the good ole’ college try.
What Works For Me Might Not Work For You
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I think that’s obvious but it’s worth saying. What works for me may not work for you.
Still, don’t allow that to deter your drive to create a morning routine that works inside your household.
To get started you have to flesh out your priorities. What do you have to do each day to make sure everything gets off to a smooth start?
- Do you have lunches that need to be made?
- Do you need to lay out dinner?
- What appointments do you have?
- Do your kids need to be dropped off at school or do they ride the bus?
These are just a few things to think about when deciding on what and how your morning routine will play out.
What I Do & LOVE
When I think about how I am going to stay positive and kick my day in the rear I had to think about what I needed to do to first.
Our oldest daughter is in school and she catches the bus every day.
So I knew I needed to get up and get her going by 6:45 to get her out of the door by 7:25. She’s slow mamas. SUPER slow.
Since she chooses to eat at school I don’t have to pack lunches anymore. (Praise the Lord!)
So each morning my alarm goes off at 6:30 and I snooze until 6:45. I usually don’t go back to sleep. Once that alarm sounds I’m awake. I just lay there and come alive slowly.
At 6:45 I get her going and brew coffee. I usually gather her things up and put them by the door for her… she’s slow and forgetful. So I have to help a girl out.
I make sure she’s up and moving them I go and sit in my bed and grab my Only Love Today book and read a passage.
I usually have to check back in on her to make sure she’s doing her thing.
Then I grab my Bible and read it and journal a bit.
Once she’s off to the bus stop at 7:20 I go back and sit in my bed to finish off the last of my lukewarm coffee and make my priority to-do list for the day.
That’s it. It fills my soul, gives me time to do something I love in the peace and quiet.
Did I mention my oldest isn’t much of a morning person? She’s not a huge talker in the morning so despite her being around it’s still really quiet.
The Keys to Create A Morning Routine That Works
There are a few keys to creating a successful morning routine.
Start the night before.
This is a must if your kids need lunches packed or you have places to be the first thing. Start the night before with everything you can. Have the kids lay out their clothes and put their shoes and backpack by the door.
Get plenty of sleep.
You need sleep otherwise you’re not going to follow through on your morning routine. Instead, you will likely end up sleeping more in the morning and rushing around to get stuff done. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep!
Choose simple things you love!
For me I read, journal, drink coffee and pray. After the oldest leaves for school, I make my daily priority list.
This allows me to hit all the things I want to do each morning and still prepare for the day.
This routine allows me to start my day on a positive note.
Again, this is a must. Before something becomes a habit you have to do it a lot. Some people say 22 times. I don’t know how many times you will need to do it but for me, it was around 2 weeks.
Get your kids into a routine.
Getting your kids into their own morning routine will aid you in having your own successful morning. For my oldest, she gets up, gets dressed and feeds the cat and grabs her things. Once she’s gotten done with her tasks she will sit with me for about 10 minutes until it’s time to go.
Get them into a routine so they don’t screw yours up!
That’s it. It’s really simple but it will take time and consistency if you want it to stick.
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