If you're not familiar with morning routines, it's essentially a combinations of things you do first thing in the morning to set yourself up for a successful day.
They're popular among entrepreneurs and fitness enthusiasts, but lesser known amongst mums.
So why are morning routines so powerful in motherhood?
The way you start your day sets the scene for how the rest of the day will go. So if you wake up to a screaming baby each morning, or a toddler who's decided that they wanted to wear the ice-cream t-shirt that no longer fits them, you're starting your day on the back foot. You've barely woken up and you're already giving all your energy, you're trying to manage emotions and trying to be a good mum.
Imagine how different life would be if you woke up and had some quiet time for yourself...some time to just think, dream, exercise, read...just some time to start your day in whatever way you like...
This, is a morning routine. This, is game changing. You may not even believe it until you try it.
If you're thinking..."I have no time for a morning routine", you should know that this doesn't have to be an hour. It can be as simple as 15 minutes.
And if you don't have 15 minutes to yourself each day...you need to make the time.
The reality of life as a mum is that no one else is going to make this time for you. You need to decide for yourself that you value yourself enough to do this one tiny thing that improves your daily life.
So what do you include in a morning routine?
The simple answer is...whatever you want. There's no right or wrong routine, and you don't have to do the exact same thing every single day.
Experiment with a few things that you think might work and mix and match them based on your energy levels...here are a few ideas:
- Coffee - prep it the night before so all you need to do is turn it on an enjoy!
- Gratitude - think of three things that you're grateful for that happened in the last 24 hours.
- Visualisation - visualise a short term goal and a long term goal and imagine that it's already happened.
- Exercises - a workout, stretching, going for a walk.
- Read a few pages of a book each day.
- Get yourself ready before the kids are even awake.
The one thing you don't want to do is spend this time on social media - despite what you might think, this doesn't fill your cup in the way that you need it to.
If you're looking for an easy way to experiment with different techniques and track what works for you, check out the Self Kit Momentum Journal. It's a guided journal which helps you put positive habits in place, reflect on your habits and your mood and improve different areas of your life.
What if you can't do it every day?
Most mums don't have the luxury of doing this every day, particularly when the kids are young. Some nights are awful and you just can't get up any earlier...and that's ok.
Just do it as often as you can, and you'll very quickly start to see the benefits.
Learn to value yourself as a mother. You do one of the most important jobs in the world. Taking a short amount of time out of your day to focus on filling your cup will:
- Give you me-time each day
- Help you start the day on positive note
- Help you achieve your personal goals
- Help you feel human again
- Make you happier and more fulfilled
You can't pour from an empty cup. You deserve to wake up happy, fulfilled, energetic and show up as the best version of you each day. So fill your cup up and thrive mama!