Are you one of those moms who totally plans on getting right up in the morning and just getting stuff done? As in, you have really great intentions, but…
Maybe the baby got up more often than usual and you’re tired. Or maybe you just couldn’t sleep well, so you stayed in bed a bit longer. Or maybe you began a regular routine, but like we often do as busy moms, you fell off the wagon….
Many times good habits are created and then slowly (or abruptly) abandoned. Because schedules change. Seasons require different things. School starts, or ends. One thing I have learned is that we have to continually make adjustments, and this is okay.
However, a few simple things each morning can be done throughout most seasons in life, and they can make your day a little easier. Here are five things to help kickstart your day.
5 Healthy Morning Habits to Kickstart Your Day
1. Read your Bible in the morning every day.
This month, we are reading a chapter a day in the book of Proverbs. The chapter coincides with the date, making it easy to remember where you’re at. I’ve done this off and on for years and find that I still learn (and need reminding) from this book of wisdom. If you can do this in the early quiet hours before the kids are awake, that’s awesome, but if not, pull out that paper bible, or download a bible app on your phone and read alongside them. The point is starting your day off with your thoughts guided by God.
2. Get ready for the day from head to toe.
Simplify your outfit choices if you can. Even if your choices are jeans and a few shirts, you will find that dressing and getting ready for the day sets you up to not only begin your day earlier, but to sometimes get more done as you feel better equipped all day long than if you just stayed in your yoga pants. (Ask me how I know…)
My favorite simple summer outfit choices include several long and knee-length skirts with a few coordinating solid colored shirts. Not only I am cool in the summer heat, but I am comfortable and can nurse the baby easily in these tops. And I love that there’s no guess work in the morning. Almost any shirt can go with almost any skirt. With my choices of cute(r) flip flops being white or black, I’m ready in a flash!
3. Eat some breakfast and take your vitamins.
I can’t stress how important this is. How often do you find yourself super hungry at 11 am because you fed the kids and then sat down to nurse the baby without feeding yourself, too? Yep! I think many of us are guilty. You’re doing a great job feeding those kiddos, but let’s be honest. If you don’t fuel yourself and your health crumbles, who will take care of them then? Think about this.
Are you not-so-great about taking your vitamins? I wasn’t either. It took a health crisis for me to fully realize that I was 1) taking my health for granted and 2) ready to take my vitamins and other supplements seriously. Don’t let yourself get into a health crisis before you make your commitment. Struggle with taking them because they make you nauseous? I did too, but found these, and they don’t make me queasy at all.
4. Start your chores early.
Get those machines going. If you have all three, get that dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer to work as soon as possible. While they’re running, make your bed and tidy up your room, while having your kids do the same in their rooms. Then work on main living areas together. Getting these few chores tackled in the morning makes you feel more organized and often leads to more organization and maybe even some more cleaning. 🙂
Don’t underestimate the power of team work when getting and keeping the house clean.
5. Get some fresh air and exercise.
This one is super important, y’all. Let the sun’s nourishing rays make contact with your skin, even if just for a few minutes each day. Go for a walk, a jog, a run. Get the bikes and stroller out with the kiddos and circle the block a few times. Take a walk to the park. It doesn’t have to be hard. Even jumping on the trampoline with (or without) the kids counts!
You will be healthier physically, but mentally too!