How to get out of the house in the morning with your sanity in tact.
If you are an avid wellness blog reader (like moi) you've probably heard all about 'morning rituals' or 'morning routines'.
Its been a part of my circle for awhile. I sometimes forget I am a part of a very health conscious circle and not everyone knows about these awesome tools to help you get through your day. Things that are normal to the people I surround myself with but are actually not habits for the majority of people.
I am a HUGE Tim Ferriss fan, and he so greatly says "if you win the morning, you win the day!'. He is SO right.
In my earlier days of motherhood I was waking up when the kids got up.
At their first cry or laugh i would get out of bed.
I would start out the ay rushing. Being short with my kids. Not leaving the house feeling put together. Forgetting things.
I would then wonder why my patience would wear thin after about 60 minutes of parenting when I had just gotten up.
How am I already pulling my hair out?
About three years ago I started getting up before the whole house. At LEAST an hour before everyone else. My morning routine morphs and varies due to seasons and I am also very lucky my kids don't get up naturally until 7am. I set my 'Sleep Cycle' alarm to wake me between 6:15-6:25 in the winter, in the summer I get up earlier for morning runs :)
Because its clearly the dead of fucking winter I will start with what my morning rituals look like right now:
- make a disgusting concoction of apple cider vinegar, hot water, lemon, honey... drink.
- fill up my litre mason jar with water
- start the shower
- do 5 minute journal on my phone while i wait for the shower to warm up (Doesn’t actually take 5 minutes, more like 2)
- take a quick 5-10 minute shower
- get myself ready BEFORE the kids are up. I make lunches the night before so mornings have less of a to do list.
-make my bed!! This is a new one, I am trying to get better at this. It is such a simple addition and makes a HUGE difference.
- fill in my 'Desire Map Planner' (planning a post on this alone soon!! )
THIS right here is the KEY to my working mother sanity. Getting me ready; mind, body, appearance, BEFORE those babes are out of bed sets a tone for the day that I have already taken care of ME. I've usually eaten, got a litre of water in, I am clean and ready to take on the day.
Not all of these things are accomplished every single morning, but usually at least 3 are. The days I do stay in bed and hit snooze I almost ALWAYS regret. I can always go to bed earlier if I need to, but my morning alone time is precious to me.
Do any of you have morning routines you adore?!