Mum confession: 3 simple morning routines I swear by for a calmer, happier day
How is this new normal going for you, guys?
I don't know about you, but I find it a little hard to both go to bed at night and get up in the morning when my work-from-home day is still lacking a normal routine.
These past few months have felt like a strange kind of a bubble. I mean; I still have work and my children are finally back to school, but it's still not our completely normal day, if you get me. There is no homework still (yay!), less urgency and I admit I have struggled a little with this lack of structure.
However, I am a firm believer in the whole 'start as you mean to go on' thing – and that how you start your morning really sets the tone for the rest of the day. So these past couple of months, I have tried to cultivate a morning routine that not only makes me feel more awake, but that also makes me feel happier and calmer, and ready to face whatever this day will throw at me (Zoom meetings, I am looking at you!)
Here is how I now try to start my day:
1. Set my alarm to go off 30 minutes before I need to get up
This is my 'me-time.'
By waking up before my kids, I have time to just get myself together before I have to deal with their demands and needs, and honestly, it is bliss. I have a 15-minute yoga flow on my Alo app that I do, before having a quick shower (I like to finish off my shower with a blast of ice-cold water – not that is a great way to feel more awake!) Then I tip-tow into the kitchen to make my hot lemon water and sit outside drinking it while making a little plan for the day.
At this stage, my children are often starting to wake up, and will come join me in the kitchen, but by having had my gorgeous half-hour to 45 minutes to myself, I feel calm and ready to start the breakfast rush and get them ready for school.
2. Don't check my phone until after 9 am
This has been such a game-changer, both in terms of feeling calmer and more present in the morning, but also, by not wasting time scrolling, it gives me more time in the morning to get things done.
I now have more time not only to make breakfast, but also clean up after it, make the beds and do a general little tidy up before we head out the door for school. As well as this, I do think all that morning scrolling can often put our minds in a state of FOMO – which is not a very soothing or productive way to start our days.
3. Make a happy morning playlist
This is another thing I cannot believe I haven't done before. Music is such a powerful mood-booster, and now, we always start our morning with some chill, happy tunes courtesy of some of our favourite Spotify playlists.
The second I get out of the shower, I will switch on my little Bluetooth speaker, and listen to some happy tunes while we make breakfast, eat and get dressed. You can make our own playlists of your favourite songs, of course, or find lists that are already on Spotify – the point is just to find songs that energize you, destress you, or make you want to dance.