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I must confess. I am a snoozeaholic. On a normal morning, I will hit that snooze button 4 to 5 times! I know it is so bad for me and I’m working on it. I know that I will not magically become a morning person, that’s just not my nature. After hitting the snooze that many times, I’m usually late and my mornings are rushed and hectic. This means I start my day stressed and grouchy. I quickly shower and get dressed. Throw on some makeup. Grab whatever is quick and easy for breakfast, which may or may not be the healthiest option and I end up eating in the car on my way to work. I’m tired of starting my days like this. Mornings set the tone for your day and I want a more positive and healthy way to start my days.
I’ve found it helpful for me to introduce one small change at a time. These small changes add up over time and it doesn’t become overwhelming. I’ve come up with 5 ways to intentionally create calmer mornings.
Stop HITTING THAT SNOOZE BUTTON
Start by decreasing the number of times you hit your alarm’s snooze button. If you are like me and hit it 4 to 5 times, start by making yourself turn it off and get up after the third time the alarm goes off. Over time, you can get it down to the second or first time the alarm goes off. You’ll be less groggy and feel better.
Something I found helpful is to add energizing essential oils, like lemon, peppermint or clementine, to a diffuser by your bed. Right before my husband leaves for work, I ask him to turn on the diffuser and the scent really helps to wake me up.
Get your body moving in the morning. Even if it’s for only 10 minutes, it will do wonders for your body and mood. Take a walk, practice yoga or complete a quick work out session. Or you could just dance to your favorite music while you are getting ready.
For my yoga and work out sessions, I really like the FitOn app. I use the free version of the app, it helps you create a workout routine with a mix of workouts so you don’t get bored. It has workouts for yoga, strength, cardio, dance, before bed and even workouts with kids! I find that when I exercise, my body feels better throughout the day and I have a more positive outlook during the day.
There are some mornings that I like to ease into the day. Find a quiet space in your home that you can sit down and slowly start your day. This could be your bed, a comfy chair in the corner of a room, at your kitchen table or anywhere you can be alone. In your quiet space, you could read that book you can’t seem to find time to finish, complete an inspiring word search – I highly recommend Margot’s The Wordsearch Book: Rest, a bible study lesson or meditate. Really anything that is calming and gives you inspiration for the day.
Take a few minutes, sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. So many times we grab our coffee and run out the door. Instead, try making this a special time in your morning routine that you can really enjoy those sips. I find this is more about pausing and being present in the moment. You can either make this time to be reflective alone time or maybe enjoy it with your partner/spouse before the kids wake up and connect with each other before you start your days.
PREPARE THE NIGHT BEFORE
Getting things ready the night before can really lessen your morning stress. What is the most stressful thing about your mornings? Do you have a hard time picking out your outfit, your kid’s school stuff scattered everywhere or you don’t have time to pack your lunch?
Is this something that can be prepared for the night before?
Here are some ideas to get you started. Pick out kid’s clothes the night before, so if your kids are old enough, they can get dressed by themselves in the morning. Prepare breakfast or lunch at night, pack your work bag and kid’s backpacks at night and keep your car keys in the same place, maybe in a decorative bowl near the door.
If you’re not a morning person like me or have trouble getting out the door calmly, I hope you find that one or all of these ideas help you create calmer mornings for you and your family.
Let me know in the comments below if one of these ideas have helped you with your morning routine. Or share if you have other ways that keep your mornings calm.