Prior to having RJ, I was NOT a morning person. In fact, early to me was 10 AM. Whew! Things have changed. Besides being forced to enjoy mornings by my son, I realized that the morning is key to setting my mindset for my entire day.
I know that things get so busy so quickly as soon as the weekend is over, but taking the time to take care of yourself is just as much of a priority as that urgent e-mail is!
Here are 5 tips that I swear by that help make my mornings feel more grounded and less hectic:
Get A Good Night Sleep
This probably sounds like a no brainer. But its harder than we all probably realize. I have always been a late night person, but with my permanent alarm clock (RJ) this equates to long and terrible mornings. I find that on a perfect night, I am in bed by 930 and asleep by 10. However, doing so is usually hard because my mind is racing with thoughts of what I need to accomplish the next day, what I didn't accomplish and replays of every moment throughout the day. Well, as of late I have been able to shut my brain down and actually get solid sleep.
Here are some of my favorites that have helped me get good sleep:
Make your bed & declutter your space
So, I wake up at 5;30 to get to work on time-ish, therefore when I creep out Richie is still in the bed. So most days, I don't get a chance to make the bed. However, on the weekends I find that having my bed made and night stand de cluttered helps to set a positive mindset for my day. I like to make the bed, set the pillows and take down any bottles of water that accumulated throughout the night. Doing this just helps me set the mood and clear out clutter for the day ahead.
On a really good morning, I wake up with enough time to make my bed, grab breakfast and take a stroll with Buster before I even head off to work. Now a days those days are far in between. However, on the weekends after doing breakfast with the family we like to head out doors for a morning stroll. Doing this helps us get some fresh air in our body and wakes up our senses before tackling the day.
Create a Morning Ritual
My morning ritual includes waking up, getting ready and enjoying something inspirational. Some days this looks like listening to a sermon by my girl Joyce Meyers, while other days listening to Kanye. No matter the day, the outcome is the same: gain inspiration and motivation to tackle whatever the day brings. I encourage you to put on a podcast while your showering, catch up on a playlist while making breakfast or even listen to an audiobook on your commute to work. It’s a great way to learn more about things you’re interested in, as well as escape some of the things facing you in your upcoming day.
Eat a Real Breakfast
We all have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but so many of us don't utilize this fact in our daily life. In fact, breakfast has been proven to improve your day by helping you concentrate more intensely for longer periods of time. For me, one of the biggest obstacles that stopped me from eating breakfast was time. I felt like I didn't have time to eat breakfast, let alone a healthy one. However, once I started planning out my day the night before I was able to gain time back and be able to eat a healthy breakfast. My go-to breakfast meal includes overnight oats.
Here are a few easy and quick breakfast ideas you can make on a busy schedule: