The perfect morning routine really does exist - although it might look a little different for everyone. Creating morning routines and habits leads to more productive days and a better disposition when faced with difficulties, which, as a mom of two, difficulties do pop up… a lot.

It took me years to develop a routine that kept me in my mom power and allowed me to take charge of the day rather than letting the day take over me. These routines might look a little different when you adapt them to yourself, but I highly recommend trying them out - even if just for a week - and seeing how they change your mornings. 

Here are seven steps you can take for a better morning:

#1. Skip Screen Time - for Yourself

Don’t let picking up your phone be the first thing you do when you wake up. You don’t need to read those emails, check your socials, or anything else like that just yet. That all brings the pressure to start work right away. Instead, take a moment to yourself, relax, this can even just be 15 minutes waking up in bed. I promise it’ll help - although the first few days might leave you feeling anxious!

#2. Drink Water, Then Coffee

We have our wake-up habits and one of those - or at least mine - is (was) to go straight to the coffee maker. But, hear me out, drinking coffee is fine but you want to drink water BEFORE coffee. Drinking water in the morning flushes out your system and gives you that “refreshed” feeling in the morning. And when you feel good, you’re able to get more done and embrace a better mood.

#3. Move Your Body

You don’t need a 5k run or even a 30-minute workout, a simple, five-minute stretch is enough! Get your body moving, your blood flowing, and stretch your muscles. Movement reduces stress and boosts energy, giving you a better start to your day.

#4. Express Gratitude

I swear by expressing gratitude. It makes you feel better, both mentally and physically, and helps with accepting the things that come your way. It’s actually one of my most important daily routines. Practicing gratitude can feel overwhelming and cheesy, but it doesn’t need to be. You don’t have to speak paragraphs about everything that happens, take a few moments and appreciate the positive things in your life. 

#5. Journal! Or Make a To-Do List

It’s really about setting your intentions for the day! Whether you choose to journal (my personal favorite) or create a to-do list or simply create a goal for the day. Did you know that you’re 40% more likely to accomplish your goals if you write them down? 

#6. Spend Time With Family

As a mom, spending a little quality time with my kids and husband before we go our separate ways in the morning. Even if it’s only a few minutes, it makes a big difference in how I approach the day.

#7. Set and Stick to Your Boundaries

Part of the reason we become overwhelmed in the mornings or even throughout the day is because we don’t stick to the boundaries we set for ourselves. If you work from home like I do, we can easily end up mixing our personal with our professional - often letting professional drift into our personal time. 

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