7 Steps for a Better Morning

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. 

How to become an early morning riser mom

It’s no secret that as a mom we wear many hats every day. And it’s no secret that one wish we all have as a Mom is that we had more time in our everyday. But, I am about to share a few things that will revolutionize your morning and set you up for a better day, instead of feeling overwhelmed in your day in motherhood you’ll thrive in your day in motherhood because you'll have more time. Finally. Follow along mama, this is a good one.....

So you’ve heard it all before and that successful people wake up before everybody else. This is no exception. Just imagine you wake up an hour or two before your kids, the house is quiet, you drink hot coffee (is this even a thing anymore)? When was the last time you had coffee (that you didn’t reheat five times throughout the day)? There is no yelling or screaming or fighting or somebody saying Mama, MOOOOOM, or babe (that’s what my husband says to me when he needs me). Instead the house is super quiet and I'm the only one awake and there’s this calm peaceful feeling about the morning. 

When you get up early in the morning you have the ability to spend some time with yourself thinking, listening and feeling all of the things that you want to feel that you won’t feel throughout the rest of your day when your kids and your family are awake. Getting up before everyone in your house every day, will revolutionize your morning and your whole day. So many moms need more time in the day;  to do the things they want to do or frankly just finish your their to do list, or just be present with your kids. Well let me do the math on this for you and what happens exactly when you get up two hours a day earlier than the rest of your family.

Here's the math so you can decide if getting up early is right for you: 

When people say “omg you get up so early” that’s the point...and here’s why: 

Waking up Early Benefits:
*No interruptions. No kids yelling. No texts or phone calls

*Extra 2 hours a day= 14 hrs a week
728 extra hours a year = 30 days per year to get it all done 

*Waking up early is the secret to the most successful people in the world 
* Builds discipline
* Get work done
* Build momentum for the day 
*Mental Mindset Edge over others 

Are you shocked to learn you’ll get 30 extra days per year? That’s a whole month y’all. How does that make you feel about getting up two hours before your family?

Ok, so by now I hope you know the power and getting up two hours before your family in fact I dare you to try it just for two weeks and see how you feel. Here’s an easy way to get up early without totally shocking your body and system here’s my tips on how to implement it into your life starting today

Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than you would normally get up tomorrow morning, do this for three days. So for example I normally get up at seven for the next three days I’m gonna wake up at 6:45.

Then on the fourth day I’m going to set my alarm for 6:30, and for the following two days so three in total I’m gonna get up at 6:30.

On the seventh day I’m going to set my alarm for 6:15 and enjoy getting up at 6:15 for the next three days and so on and so forth. 

So you’re slowly working your body and time until you reach your ideal wake up time whatever that is for you and your family. I really recommend two hours before your family wakes up, but some of you might just be wanting to start with an hour day. And using the system I outlined above, is a great way to ease your body into it, feel less intimidating and allow you to implement the benefits of getting up early to your morning routine. 

So now that I’ve broken it down for you, tell me what are you most excited to experience in the quiet morning hours for yourself? For me, it’s mediation. Always meditation.