The Best Morning Routine for Stay at Home Moms
I’m a morning person and am most productive in the early hours of my day. As a stay-at-home-mom, keeping to a morning routine ensures that my mind is balanced and ready to focus on the tasks I have planned for the day. If you have children then you know how crucial it is to have some alone time at some point in your day. It makes the most sense to me to begin my day by myself so I am in the best mindset to care for my kiddos all day long. Here is the best morning routine for stay-at-home-moms.
- Wake up before the kids. and. get. out. of. bed. The longer I lay awake in bed, the less likely I will get up before my children. Like I said, I’m a morning person and I thrive on morning-time productivity to feel and be successful. This can’t happen once I have three little humans tugging on my pant-leg. Eventually, I would like to be out of bed at 5am but since I am breastfeeding my baby on-demand, that isn’t always possible. Right now, getting out of bed anytime before the boys is working well for me.
- Make the bed. Having a fresh bed to look at while I’m putting away laundry makes a boring task a little less mundane. I also love catching a peek of all my pretty pillows while walking past my room to complete another chore.. or chasing a toddler. Making my bed also makes me feel accomplished before the day has even started and this gives me the mental boost I need before heading down stairs.
- Drink lots of water before consuming anything else. I feel so energized after drinking cold water and I have found that I feel so blah if I skip this step in my morning routine. I try not to drink water too soon before going to bed so, sometimes, I go 8-10 hours without consuming any fluid which means hydrating first thing in the morning is crucial. I usually drink my water while making my morning cup of coffee so by the time my coffee is finished brewing, I am well-hydrated and ready to enjoy my cuppa joe.
- Eat a nutritious, wholesome breakfast. Breakfast truly is such an important meal and if I don’t have a well-balanced breakfast, I have a hard time staying focused and my day is basically ruined. Okayyy it’s not quite that dramatic but you get the idea- breakfast is important. I’m really not that creative with breakfast. I typically have two options- eggs or oatmeal. I usually eat eggs with spinach and salsa. If I eat oatmeal it is typically topped with cinnamon, nut butter, and fresh fruit. Super easy, not fancy, but very filling and delicious!
- I tackle my most important tasks first. While in school, this meant writing research papers, studying for a dreaded O-Chem exam, or formulating my own pudding recipe (studying dietetics, anyone?). If you’re building a business this may mean writing blog posts, scheduling meetings, or calling overseas manufacturers. Sometimes this time is simply spent putting on makeup and doing my hair so I look like I have my life together at the grocery store. Although, there is no shame in the yoga-pant game, girlfriend! And, truthfully, sometimes the most important task of my day is to enjoy a slow and steady morning by myself. Or, to get a workout in without my boys crawling on my back mid plank. Every season is different so morning tasks will look different from one another but the goal is the same: accomplish the important things right away.
These are five things I do every morning to ensure a happy, productive day. I feel much more confident and energetic when I follow this morning routine. There are certainly other things that help my day run smoothly but I don’t typically do them every day like the five above. I would love to know what helps you stay motivated and focused in the morning- be sure to let me know by leaving a comment below!