A morning routine is a simple practice that can transform our day. And even though the benefits are well-proven, busy moms often struggle to find and maintain one that works for them. No matter what your previous experience with a morning routine, let’s look at how to create one that makes a difference in your day.
There’s no shortage of evidence about the benefits of routines.
And as busy moms, we are happy to enjoy all the wins we can!
Here are some of the well-known advantages of starting the day this way.
- It just feels good!
- Improves mood
- Develops healthy habits
- Gets your day off to a positive start
- Increases your productivity
- Helps you make progress toward your personal goals
- Reduces stress
Why a 'Self Care' Morning Routine?
Because when we take care of ourselves, we can also take better care of those we love.
As moms, we need all of the energy, motivation, focus, patience, stamina, creativity, and productivity that we can find. But these things all are dependent on our physical, mental and emotional state, so we have to be proactive about taking care of ourselves.
The goal of your morning routine is to be intentional about your well being, before going about all the other activities of the day. Otherwise, things get busy and other priorities take over.
So we’re going to focus on how you can create a personal routine that will truly improve how you feel and how you function.
What Makes the Best Morning Routine?
It’s easy to find lots and lots of morning routines online, but have you ever wondered what makes one routine better than another?
What should we look for when designing or tweaking our own routine?
Here are some helpful guidelines to use. If your routine is not meeting these objectives, you’ll want to ask why, and then probably tweak your routine accordingly.
- Can you reasonably complete it every day?
- Does your routine improve how you feel and function during the day?
- Is it simple enough that it can eventually become a habit?
- Are you being intentional about what you’re doing and why?
- Does it contribute to your larger goals?
5 Elements To Consider in Your Routine
Here are five key areas to keep in mind as you focus on your well being.
There are no hard and fast rules to follow, but this list gives you a good framework to build a routine around.
- Waking Up
- Personal Care
- Your Clothing
- Your Space
- ‘Me’ Time
Let’s look at each of these five areas in more detail.
Your morning routine begins as soon as you wake up.
That’s the moment your eyes open, not when your feet hit the floor.
There are lots of benefits to getting up before your kids. So even if you’re a hard-core snooze-button kind of morning person, it’s really worth trying. You may find the multiple upsides far outweigh those extra minutes of sleep.
But if getting up earlier just isn’t for you right now, it’s all good.
The most important thing is to be consistent. Just like a morning routine can set the tone for your day, how you wake up can set the tone for your morning routine.
Here are some suggestions for the very first moments of your day.
- Make your wake up time one that you can stick with, every day.
- Avoid using the snooze alarm. If you’re a chronic ‘snoozer’, work on eliminating that.
- Set your alarm to play a pleasant sound or song that you’ll enjoy hearing.
- If at all possible, wake up before your kids. An hour can make a big difference, but so can 15 minutes. Do what you can.
Every morning routine should include something for your health, hygiene, and appearance. Depending on your schedule, this could range from a very short list to a mini-routine of its own.
Including personal care in your morning routine is a great way to prioritize your physical well being. These tasks can easily get crowded out once the day is underway, so it’s a good idea to cross one or two of your list right away.
• Drink a full glass of water
• Shower or bath in the morning, or the night before?
• Dental hygiene
• Hair. Do you wash it, use dry shampoo, pull together an easy style, or simply give it a quick brush?
• Skin care. A quick regimen of cleansing and moisturizing?
• Makeup. Do you feel better in full makeup or a minimal look?
Whether you’re going out to work, working at home, or working as a full-time mom, the clothing you choose every day is important. What we are wearing directly affects our mood and motivation. It’s another way to get yourself set for a positive, productive day. So the easier you can make that choice in the morning the better!
Here are some clothing suggestions for your routine.
- Have your clothes already selected and together, ready to put on. This is just one area where a nighttime routine helps as well.
- Even if you’re not going out of the house, dress to shoes anyway. It really does make you feel ready to get to the business of the day.
- If you’re at home, wear something that would not make you embarrassed to answer the door.
Before thinking about the rest of the house, take a few minutes to give your own private space a little TLC.
When your master bedroom and bathroom are in good shape, you’re already starting the day from a place that’s orderly and calm. It doesn’t have to be perfect! But keeping things tidy will be easier when done daily. And you will love the feeling of coming back to a calm space at the end of a busy day.
You could consider:
- Making the bed
- Putting your dirty clothes and towels in the laundry
- Tidying the master bedroom
- Tidying the master bathroom
- Putting away your clean laundry
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Don’t mistake ‘me’ time for something selfish. It’s an important element for human well being, and can be included in our morning routine in many different ways.
We have so many options to feed our mind, our soul, our curiosity, and our passions. They could easily fill the whole day! But since you’ll only have a small amount of time during your morning routine, choose carefully and make it count.
You could do something for sheer entertainment, or for education, or personal growth, to relax, to get organized, or to adjust your mindset.
Here are a few of the many options that would fit in nicely with a morning routine.
- Read a book, magazine, or blog post
- Have a cup of coffee or tea
- Listen to music or a podcast
- Plan and review your schedule for the day or week ahead
- Enjoy a favorite creative activity
Tips to Start a Daily Morning Routine
There is no one-size-fits-all routine that is best for everyone.
But there are helpful tips that apply to most people, such as:
- Eliminate decision-making in your morning routine.
- Start simple with 3 or 4 tasks, and build on when you’re comfortable.
- Keep your overall routine to about 5-7 steps. Getting too long defeats the purpose. However, you could include a combination as one item, like ‘coffee & reading’ or ‘tidy bedroom & bathroom’.
The most important thing is to get started!