Let’s be honest here, we all have gone through times in our life that we just have terrible mornings!
You may be in one of those struggles right now and wonder if you will ever have a good morning.
Do you want to makeover your mornings so you can have a better morning and routine?
I am going to share with you my 5 tips for better mornings.
So, if you want to bring some order instead of chaos to your days and feel more in control of your days then join in. Making your mornings more smooth will make for a more productive and peaceful day, because when you start the day on the right foot the rest of the day will fall into place easier without all the hassle and effort.
Maybe you plan on getting up and getting things done first thing in the morning and you have great intentions, but something always happens. Maybe the baby didn’t sleep well or someone was up sick or fussy. Maybe you just had something on your mind and didn’t sleep well. Maybe you just hit the alarm clock a few to many times. Sometimes we start a new routine and do awesome only to fall off the wagon within a few weeks.
Join the crowd, life happens!
These 5 tips will help you to create a routine that works for you in the season of life you are in.
1- Start the Night Before
We are all tired at night, trust me I know! Sometimes you feel like you have not even sat down all day till you lay in your bed. I completely understand that. But I have found that if I just take 10-15 minutes every night to prep for the next day my mornings go much better.
3 Things I do in those 10-15 minutes
- Do a quick tidy of all the main living areas.
- Make a to-do list for the next day.
- Pack/prep things for the next day (lunch boxes, purses, diaper bags, library books)
When you have done these things you will be able to get in bed feeling more relaxed for the next day. Your mind will be more at rest so your body can rest. You will also be able to wake up the next morning to a clean house which puts everyone in a good mood, right? Your day will be planned out and all you have to do is follow the to-do list.
I know that getting up early is not for everyone. I also know that there are seasons in our lives that getting up early just is not an option. When you are pregnant and not feeling well, have little ones that wake all hours of the night, are sick or have sick family members, getting up early just may not be the best thing for you during those times. Trust me I have been there and I know how hard it is.
I don’t suggest you start getting up at 5 am if you normally get up at 8 am. My suggestion would be to get up 15 minutes earlier than normal. Once you are adjusted to that then move your wake up time to 15 minutes earlier again. You will be amazed at what just 15 minutes of time alone in the morning will do for you. When you wake up before your children and not to your children you will have a better frame of mind as well. When we wake up to our children crying, screaming, jumping on our bed, or pulling on us it can start your day of on the wrong foot. If you wake up and have time to yourself to get awake and started then you will feel fresh and ready for them when they wake up.
I encourage you to spend that time Reading the Bible, Having Quiet Time With The Lord, Meditating on God’s Word, Being In Prayer, and Doing Affirmations. This time will allow you to relax and be calm so that you can count all your blessings and begin your day with a prayerful and thankful heart.
I strongly suggest that you get ready before everyone else. Get up and brush your teeth, fix your hair, put on your makeup if you wear makeup, and change your clothes. Even if you are only putting on a t-shirt and yoga pants change your clothes. When you are ready and not putting it off all morning you feel ready to tackle the day. If you are in your pj’s at 11am you may feel like you have not accomplished anything and will feel blah. You will be amazed at how much getting ready first thing in the morning before everyone else can change your mornings.
Exercise is very important and can really get you going. Maybe you could fit in some yoga poses during your quiet time with the Lord. I love to stretch and do yoga during my meditation on God’s word and during my affirmations. If you can go for a walk or jog that would be wonderful. Getting out and getting some sunshine and fresh air could really bless your mornings and make for a better morning and day. My husband goes to work really early so this is not an option for me because I can not leave the house with everyone still in the bed. I do love to go outside on the porch and do my Bible time if the weather permits though. Get your blood pumping if possible and you will be off to a great start in your day with a smile on your face. You can be proud of what you have accomplished so far and it will still be early in your day. Who doesn’t like feeling ahead, right?
5-Do the Hard Chores First
This can be a hard one and not every chore can be done while the others in the house are still sleeping of course. 🙂 You have to stop the procrastinating. I have always been a procrastinator! This has left me feeling overwhelmed, behind and just like a failure at times. I had to stop putting things off and just jump forward first thing and getting them done. I also found that if I would tackle the dreaded jobs early in the day I felt better. It’s crazy how those things loom over you until you accomplish them. You will think about them all day until they have been done and marked off your list.
Chores I like to do first thing in the morning.
1- Wipe down the bathroom after I get ready.
2-Start a load of laundry. (I do at least one load of laundry daily.)
3-Mop or Steam Hardwoods if they need it.
4-Tackle the chore of the day. (Each day of the week for me has an area or zone to work on.)
I hope these tips will help you to have a better morning also. Take these tips and make a schedule that works for you and the season of life you are in at the moment.
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