When you wake up in the morning are you instantly feeling rushed? Are you bombarded by the thoughts and demands of the day, whether it be work, family, or whatever else you have on your plate?
I’ve been there. Oh, boy, have I been there!
Picture it….I’m peacefully sleeping and then wham…it starts.
“Mom! I’m awake.”
“What’s for breakfast?”
“Mom, where is my shirt?
“He hit me.”
“She took my toy.”
As the kids are yelling I suddenly think of the mile long to-do list I have.
Just thinking about everything that has to get done instantly has me rushed and on edge, especially when it’s combined with the noise of kids in the background.
It’s not the best way to start the day.
I don’t know about you, but when I wake up in the morning, I don’t want to instantly feel rushed.
Since becoming a mom, that’s how I’ve felt every morning.
Tired and rushed.
I just wanted to sleep for “10 more minutes.”
I was exhausted. So, I’d talk myself into sleeping in and it was NEVER a good choice.
Yeah, I may have gotten a few more minutes of sleep, but I paid for it the rest of the day.
I knew I needed to change up my mornings so I did.
Now I’m going to share my secret with you.
Ready for it?
It’s called a Morning Routine and it consists of you, spending time alone before all the chaos of the day starts. No social media. No e-mails. No one but YOU.
I found that if I made time for me, I felt better through the rest of the day. Even when I was sleep deprived, from having a new baby, I noticed that if I had a few moments alone, before everyone needed me, I had more control over how my day would end up.Either you run the day, or the day runs you. Click To Tweet
Some people call this time alone, a Power Hour.
I personally had a hard time with this concept.
- I rarely have an entire hour to myself, even if I wake up at 4:30 am.
- After getting up during the night, waking up at 4:30 doesn’t sound fun
- If I didn’t get an entire hour in, I felt frustrated, thus defeating the point of having a morning routine.
Then one of my mentors introduced me to a Sacred 10. She asked me to aim for 10 minutes of time, all to myself.
Now, that felt doable.
So now, I set aside time every morning, that is just for me. It may only be 10 minutes, or it may stretch out to an hour (if I’m extremely lucky). Either way, I get time to get centered and focused on what I need that day, so then I can help others more.
I make sure that each morning I am focusing on at least one of the following aspects.
When I am focusing on my mental needs, I am typically looking at my vision board, saying affirmations, writing in my journal or reading a personal development book.
If I’m feeling like I need a stronger connection to God, which I basically need daily, then I spend part of my morning routine time, reading from the scriptures or listening to talks or other inspirational words.
One of my favorite ways to connect spiritually is through prayer and meditation. I start off by saying a prayer to God, showing Him my gratitude and letting him know what is weighing on my mind and heart.
Then I start meditating.
I’ll be the first to admit that meditating can be challenging for me. My mind is constantly going, but during this time, I try to quiet my mind so God can speak to me.Prayer is when we speak to God. Meditation is when God speaks to us. Click To Tweet
This is the time when I receive the answers that I seek and when whatever burden I am carrying is eased.
Each day we process thousands of emotions, both positive and negative. If we don’t learn how to let go of the negative, it’ll take a toll on our relationships and even our health.
So, when I notice that I’m feeling quite a few negative emotions, I use a few techniques to help process those emotions. (which I am going to go in depth on in a post soon.)
Instead of stuffing those emotions down, I face them, feel them and then let them go.
Essential oils, really help me in this department too. Each essential oil helps with different emotions we face, by either helping us let go of the negative or by helping enhance the positive.
There is just something about exercising first thing in the morning, that makes me feel productive.
My body is moving. My blood is pumping and I’m ready to keep that momentum going throughout the rest of the day.
Walking is hands-down, my favorite form of exercise in the morning. I love being out in nature and watching the sunrise.
There’s something peaceful and yet exhilarating about leaving the house and connecting with mother nature.
No matter what you like to do, be it running, yoga, kickboxing, lifting weights, or anything else, it doesn’t matter.
Just get up and get moving.
You’ll instantly find yourself in a happier, more productive mood.Exercise in the morning, before your brain figures out what you're doing. Click To Tweet
I’ve found that if I get my workout done in the morning, I’m more likely to actually exercise that day. I’ll put it off until suddenly it’s bedtime and another day without exercise has passed.
For those of you who think you don’t have time to exercise, you should read this post and learn how you can be more successful at making sure a workout fits into your daily routine.
My morning routine is one of the most important aspects of my self-care routine. My life is utter chaos without it.
I promise that if you’ll set aside a minimum of 10 minutes for yourself each day, you’ll find yourself living a more productive and happy life.
How our day goes is up to each one of us, personally.
So, go out and create an amazing day!