Take Back Your Mornings!
by Lisa Poole on Monday, December 07, 2015
What is your morning like? Do you wake up to the alarm and your first word spoken is a four letter word? Do you drag butt out of bed hollering to the kids to get up and get moving? Do you feel like every morning is a stressful soul-sucking mess? Rushing, yelling and getting angry.
I remember those days. My kids little; trying to get them dressed, fed, teeth brushed and all of us out the door in time for school and work. It was awful. I also had chronic back pain that added fuel to the fire. Being in pain enhances your stress (in some cases your stress can be the cause of your pain). Your patience is short (or nil), and you are exhausted from the lack of sleep due to the pain.
I hated mornings.
I got some advice from some moms that changed my life and I want to share so you too can have better starts to your day.
Stress-free for me please!
One: It is ok to take a few minutes for yourself in the morning. I am not much of a morning person. I can wake up early but don’t talk to me. I need to acclimate to the day. I started getting up 15 minutes earlier. I set the coffee pot so I had fresh coffee ready to go when I got up. Then I would take time to sit watch the news and drink some coffee before waking the kids. That few minutes really helped. I felt less pressure and had time to wake up mentally.
Two: No TV for the kids. I would drink my coffee catch up on the happenings then wake everyone up. The TV was shut off. That stopped the distractions for the kids. I was not freaking out trying to get them to eat or dress.
Amazing, just 2 simple steps changed my mornings for the better. Not to say there were no days of rushing and hollering but they were fewer and further between.
Other things I did as the kids got older, needing less supervision and my work schedule changed. I started getting up an hour earlier so I could exercise. My kids could get ready, feed themselves, and get to the bus stop with little supervision. I was in the house to keep them on track but did not need to be watching them. It taught them to be independent and responsible. While giving me time to work out.
Exercise makes you feel better physically and mentally. It is a perfect way to start your day. If it gets done first thing there is no worrying about fitting it in later. I find morning workouts a great time to think, focus, and prepare for my day.
I have been in this morning routine for years now. My babies are young adults (heck one kiddo has moved out) and I still drink my coffee; watch the news and then exercise. There are more distractions to our days than ever before. Smartphones, texting, emails, tv, and so on. Unplugging is good for the soul. We do not need to be constantly in the know (especially first thing in the morning). Your friends, family, boss, coworkers, Facebook and Twitter accounts are still there if you take an hour to ground yourself.
Give these two simple steps a try and see how you feel after a month. If you are adventurous try adding 30 minutes of exercise.