Mastering the Morning Routine
As a mother, you already know how chaotic mornings can be. Preparing breakfast, getting your kids ready for school, getting yourself ready for the office- the list looks never-ending. That is why it is very important to have a morning routine. Studies have shown that having a set morning routine can help in reducing stress and anxiety. As a working mom, it is tough to form a good morning routine as you already have a lot on your plate. Don’t worry for we are here to help you with some tips to develop a realistic morning routine.
Prepare before hitting the bed
After a long day at work, all you want to do is head back home and hit the bed. However, taking a few minutes out to prepare for the next morning will make all the difference. Afterall, a smooth morning begins the night before. You can lay out your clothes for the next day and prepare lunch for your kids in advance. Moreover, you can also check your kids’ homework and review your work schedule for the following day. While all of this sounds elaborate and tiring, it will be worth it when you wake up the next morning.
Be the first to wake up
With so much going on, we completely understand if you want to ignore this tip. However, waking up 30 minutes before everyone else will help you with having some quiet ‘me’ time. You can read your book or exercise or simply check your inbox. Once the kids are up, the clock starts clicking and you will again find yourself in the middle of chaos.
You probably have a habit of springing out of your bed and diving straight into the action as soon as the alarm goes off. However, that probably isn’t the best idea. As soon as you wake up, take some time to stretch and yawn before getting out of bed. That two minutes of stretching in bed will prepare you physically and mentally for the tiring day ahead of you.
Ask everyone to contribute
You don’t have to do everything alone if you have an understanding family. Ask your husband to help you with the household chores and take help from the kids in whichever way you can. There is no shame in asking for help from your family members and it will eventually lower your burden.
Trust your kids
If your kids are old enough to follow basic instructions, it is time you trust them with simple tasks. You cannot always run behind your kids to check their homework. After your kids reach a certain age, you just take a leap of faith and hope that they do their work on their own. If not, they learn to do it the hard way. Encourage your children to become active participants in the morning routine by assigning age-appropriate tasks and responsibilities. Whether it's setting the table for breakfast, packing their own backpacks, or helping to prepare lunches, involving kids in the morning routine not only teaches valuable life skills but also fosters a sense of independence and responsibility. Plus, it can lighten your load and make mornings more enjoyable for the entire family.
Keep it simple
The key to a good morning routine is to keep it simple. By burdening yourself with a lot of work, you can never reach a healthy morning routine. Divide your work as much as you can and focus on your physical and mental well-being.
Take advantage of technology to streamline your morning routine and stay organized. Use smartphone apps or digital calendars to keep track of appointments, reminders, and to-do lists. Set alarms or timers to help you stay on schedule and ensure you leave the house on time. Additionally, consider using meal planning apps or grocery delivery services to simplify meal preparation and grocery shopping. By harnessing the power of technology, you can automate repetitive tasks and free up more time for the things that matter most.
Cultivate a positive mindset by starting each morning with a moment of gratitude. Take a few minutes to reflect on the blessings in your life, whether it's your family, your health, or simply the opportunity to pursue your passions and goals. Practicing gratitude can help shift your perspective from stress and overwhelm to one of abundance and appreciation, empowering you to approach each day with renewed energy and enthusiasm.
Mastering the morning as a working mom requires intentionality, organization, and a willingness to prioritize self-care and well-being. By implementing these practical tips and strategies, you can streamline your morning routine, minimize stress, and start your day with calm and purpose. Remember, small changes can lead to big results, so don't be afraid to experiment and find what works best for you and your family.