Let’s get this straight. What you’ll see here, is my ideal morning routine. All of this does not happen every day.
As a mom of a 1-year old things don’t go this way as often as I’d like, but the 30%-40% of the time they do, I have a 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 morning routine is healthy, in a way that it helps me stay connected to myself, something we could easily forget when we become parents or slaves to our jobs.
With this post I’m hoping you’ll find inspiration, new ideas and new morning habits that you want to try out when you wake up tomorrow.
Here are the 5 things I try to do every morning in order to have a better day!
1. Wake Up Early
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 baby boy. Currently he wakes up around 7am, so I’m up at 6am. 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 7am and I’ve managed to wake up at 6am.
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. What I do is 10 minutes of yoga or Pilates. Who am I kidding, usually it’s yoga, the stretch stuff. I need those 10 minutes! They help relieve stress, aches and just make me feel really good.
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. I was like a hamster and that wheel was spinning. 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 music I love. This takes me around 30 minutes.
Then 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. Like 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 (you try to feed oatmeal to a toddler without adding some sugar)
- Eggs with tomatoes and bread (he loves tomatoes and currently olives!)
Each one of these takes me around 5 minutes to prepare and then my toddler is up wanting to touch everything, to play, to run around and ready to eat something.
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.
So I’m curious, what is your morning routine as a mom of a baby or a toddler or any other type of child? And how do you manage it all?