Rise and Shine: How to Start Your Morning Off Right
Some people function perfectly in the mornings, as soon as they get out of bed. They’re ready to take on the day with positivity and plenty of pep. Some of us aren’t so lucky. Mornings can be a struggle and, even if you feel awake and aware, they can get stressful for parents. It’s hard enough getting yourself ready without trying to get the kids out the door. If you want to start your morning off right, you need to create a calm, organized and energizing morning routine. You should feel wide awake and ready for your day because you’re feeling positive, not because you’ve been shouting at the kids for the last half-hour.
Create the Perfect Shower
Not everyone showers in the morning, but it’s a fantastic way to wake up if you struggle with mornings. You can wake feeling sluggish and like all you want to do is go back to sleep. A quick shower can do a lot to make you feel more human. You probably don’t have much time to luxuriate in the shower, so make your short time in there feel as good as possible. Look into choosing the best rain shower head so you can enjoy a relaxing shower experience. Use your favorite shower gel and other products with your favorite smells. And work out how long it takes you to shower if you want to keep it short but avoid rushing.
Move a Little
You might not want to go to the gym or do a full workout in the morning, but trying to get yourself moving can help you wake up. Just doing a few stretches is a good idea, or even just giving yourself a few seconds to do a full-body stretch. It’s a great way to feel more energized in just a few seconds. Plus, it just feels really satisfying. You could also do a few yoga moves if you want to do something a bit more sophisticated. If you’ve got kids, it might be best to do this before they get up or maybe while they’re distracted by something.
Make Time for Breakfast
They say it’s the most important meal of the day, but too many people end up skipping it. If you feel like you don’t have time for a proper breakfast, there are plenty of ways you can make time. One option is to prepare something the night before, such as overnight oats. You can also make something at the beginning of the week that you can portion up for each day. If you don’t have time to eat at home, or perhaps find it hard to eat early in the morning, take something to work with you so you can eat it when you get hungry. Remember it’s important for your kids to eat breakfast too so that they’re ready for their day.
Get the Kids’ Routine Straightened Out
Getting the kids to pay attention to you in the mornings isn’t always easy. But having a solid routine and giving them the responsibility of doing some tasks can help. If your children are old enough to do things like dress themselves, brush their teeth or get their school bag ready, you can ask them to do it themselves. Try a reward system to motivate them and perhaps make a clock to tell them what they should be doing at different times.
If you need help to get started in the morning, try these methods to get going. You can make your mornings much easier.