Start your day a little earlier and get into a healthy morning routine, it can seriously change so much in your life. Here I share 5 things I try to do every morning before 8 am, well before even 7 am, because they make my day so much better and more tolerable. But let’s pretend I’m a normal human for this one post, can we, okay?
Okay, we’ve heard it many times: people who are successful have some type of a morning routine that helps them achieve what they want. Many of these successful people routines involve reading, exercise and meditation.
Well, this morning routine is a little different. It’s mine. I’m a mom of an almost 2-year old and I often can’t even afford to dream of a morning routine.
And meditate? Hahahaa, please. Actually, I think I’m doing it while I’m unloading the dishwasher in the morning, so that might be right.
Things are getting better, as my boy’s getting older.
So what you’ll see here, is my ideal healthy morning routine. All of this does not happen every day. The 40% of the time it does, I have a truly wonderful day.
My morning habits don’t include drinking a green smoothie or celery juice on an empty stomach or performing an hour-long exercise session.
Nevertheless, I feel my mornings are healthy, in a way that this time helps me stay connected to myself, something we could easily forget when we become parents or slaves to our jobs.
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5 Things To Do Before 8 AM
I’m hoping you’ll find inspiration, new ideas and new morning habits that you want to try out when you wake up tomorrow.
1. Wake Up Before Everyone Else
I don’t feel like waking up earlier, I think I’m a night owl or some sort of a bat. BUT in order to have some time for myself, I try to wake up around an hour before my toddler.
Currently, he wakes up around 7 am, so I’m up at 6 am. And if he wakes up earlier…you guessed right: I’m screwed.
Me time = NADA time. But let’s move on pretending he sleeps like an angel until 7 am and I’ve managed to wake up at 6 am.
Update: I’m now waking up at 5 am and it doesn’t suck. You can read more about it here.
2. Exercise for 10 Minutes
Now don’t hate. I don’t do crazy stuff like those ninja exercises you see people with abs perform. No, no. What I do is 10 minutes of yoga or Pilates.
Who am I kidding, usually it’s yoga, the stretching stuff. I need those 10 minutes! They help relieve stress, aches and just make me feel really good.
And, I think by now we all know this – you don’t need to go to a yoga class to do yoga.
You can do it at home or whenever you want. You can find videos on Youtube or check out My Yoga Works for more structured programs. If you want to give them a try, I have promo code you could use to save some money. Use this link to get 3 months for $1/mo with code YOGA3.
3. Hygiene, Makeup & Music.
Super important. When my boy was younger, like, when he was a baby and still couldn’t walk, I would be up for hours before I had a chance to even comb my hair or brush my teeth. Or pee.
I was like a hamster and that wheel was spinning with the speed of light.
Now, I try to take care of my hygiene as one of the first things of the day. So shower, teeth, clothes, hair, makeup…all while listening to uplifting music I love. This takes me around 30 minutes.
Then I feel clean and I like to spend some time on my own maybe enjoying a coffee to reflect and to make a plan or a list of the things that need to get done today. And ideally the things I WANT to do today.
I know I’m getting too delusional here, but I like to think I can have that time to be at peace, to focus a little bit and to plan for the future. That takes me around 10 minutes.
5. Prepare Breakfast
I don’t usually eat breakfast, but I need to prepare some for my child. I have three go-to breakfasts for him:
- these pancakes made with oats and banana or sometimes apples
- Oatmeal with milk and some fruit or a little bit of brown sugar and cinnamon (for all of you judging me, you try feeding oatmeal to a toddler without adding some sugar)
- Eggs with tomatoes and bread (he loves tomatoes and currently olives!)
Each one of these healthy toddler breakfasts takes me around 5 minutes to prepare and then my toddler is up wanting to touch everything, to play, to run around, to throw and break stuff and ready to eat something.
So that’s my morning routine. It works whether you’re a mom or not. If you’re not a mom yet – use that time to create a good morning routine it will help you get places.
If you’re a mom of a toddler or a baby, like I said, 30-40% folks. But it’s such a beautiful way to start your day. To feel, even for a little bit, in control of your life and time. Like you are yourself again. It for sure makes me feel good.