It’s all too easy to get into that “mom funk”. You know, the one where you’re constantly running behind, your house is a mess, you feel overwhelmed before your feet even have a chance to hit the floor in the morning.
Mom funk is real, and it’s time to break out of it – starting with a simple, organized morning routine to set you up for a successful day.
And that’s exactly what you’ll learn here – the ultimate morning routine for moms, 4 things that busy moms can do every morning to have a successful day ahead.
The following is a guest post by Helen Bradford to help busy moms create successful, stress-free days.
The Ultimate Morning Routine for Moms
Being a mom is a prize in itself, but can also be exhausting from time to time.
As a mom, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself when you’re so busy giving all of your time and energy to your spouse and children, which leaves little to no time for yourself. That’s why it is important for all moms to have a set morning routine to help them tackle their days easier and be more organized.
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Make the bed
Even though it may sound silly, making the bed in the morning will leave a sense of accomplishment in you.
Seeing how it transforms your bedroom from a hot mess to a somewhat put-together space will inspire you to do the same with your schedule.
No one says that your bed needs to look like it just came out of a magazine with the throw pillows perfectly set and a blanket tight where it needs to be. However, having a throw blanket to cover your duvet will not only be nice to look at but will also protect it from the dust. Plus, having a neatly made bed will make you want to neaten the rest of the room, too.
One of the most important things you can do in the morning is to have breakfast. Try to avoid empty calories such as sugary cereals, food with many artificial flavors. Try to eat a healthy breakfast with carbs and fibers. The best options are smoothies, omelets and burritos or bagels.
When it comes to smoothies, the ones with the highest energy output are the ones with bananas and red fruit or spinach together with your preferred milk (if you love smoothies, you’ll love these tasty recipes). That is just the base, to which you can add protein powder, vitamins if you take them, nuts, honey, yogurt, or whatever else you may find interesting. The good thing about smoothies is that you can experiment until you find the one (or ones) that you like the most.
Omelets are a great start to your day – they are quick and easy, full of protein, and you can add cheese and ham to them to kick it up a notch if you have a stressful day ahead of you.
Toasted bagels with cream cheese, or breakfast burritos, are also nutritious and tasty options for a good start to the day.
If you don’t exercise regularly, maybe now is a great time to start. Especially if you don’t drink coffee in the morning. Exercising within the first hour of waking up is far better than exercising in the evening, and there are two reasons for that.
Number one is, by exercising, you are giving your body an energy boost, and it will not only help you wake up easier, but it will send the blood pumping, giving you the energy for the rest of the day. Even a 10-minute workout can be beneficial if you are doing it every day. The type of exercise you choose is up to you. You can do a morning yoga routine, or get on your exercise bike and do a 10-15 minute workout. Running or jogging, even speed-walking, are also great ways to start your day.
The second reason to exercise in the morning is that it is far easier to make excuses not to do your workout in the evening. Plus, if you exercise in the evening, the elevated blood pressure can make it difficult to fall asleep, which will, in turn, make it more difficult to get up the next morning.
Get ready for the day
Being a mom, especially to toddlers, is challenging enough, but try not to forget about you. Getting all of your household to get up, brush their teeth, make their bed, get dressed, have some breakfast and get going in the first hour of waking up is exhausting. However, you need to be careful not to neglect yourself. The reason should not be for your husband or for your colleagues, but for you yourself.
No one expects you to have a full face of makeup and a perfect hairdo with a toddler in the house. However, doing the bare minimum will get you a long way. Putting on some foundation, mascara and some lip gloss will help you feel accomplished and pretty – even though you didn’t really do anything much. Plus, it can be your 5 minutes alone, away from all the noise and chaos.
We hope that by reading these four essential things to do in the morning inspired you to organize your mornings better and that by doing so you will have more successful days ahead.