For the most part I have always been a morning person. I would wake up early to workout, shower before work, eat breakfast, do dishes or laundry and just start my day off relaxed. Clearly those mornings were before kids!
Now I shower at night after they go to bed. I only get maybe 5-6 hours of sleep a night, which sounds like a decent amount but when those 5-6 hours are possibly a combined amount it doesn’t feel like a whole lot. After the early morning feeding, I try to get an additional hour of sleep but that only screws me up and I always wonder why I do that knowing it’s going to make me more tired or have a headache?? When I try to “get up early” to work out, I swear my son KNOWS exactly when my eyes open and I sit up in bed.
Once we are all up it’s the morning routine of getting all 3 of us dressed, packed, and ready to go off to daycare and work. Breakfast is usually a great thing to squeeze in there as well!
Mornings are now a work in progress for me. It must sound like I’m complaining, but I’m really not, I swear! It’s just an adjustment and I’m still adjusting. I’m slowly learning from trial and error. Somethings that I have found help me in the morning are:
- meal prepping on the weekend
- packing as much of the diaper bag, my toddlers lunch bag, and my lunch bag that I can the night before
- when the baby needs a bottle early in the morning, I feed him downstairs and not in bed – this way I’m already down stairs and I start getting everything I couldn’t pack the night before done
- AND if I find myself with 2 extra minutes, I start some dishes so I feel a little more household accomplished
The work in progress piece – creating a morning routine that has all of the things I need to do AND a piece JUST for me. I want and believe I need to mix in working out, even if just for 10 minutes, meditation, and a cup of tea. I CRAVE activities like this in the morning and I “think” I found the sweet wake up time this morning ;).
Mornings where you set your mind and intentions right, truly set your ENTIRE day and set it up for success. There’s a podcast that I listen to called Women Inspiring Women by Melanie Mitro where a guest spoke about the importance of a morning routine and how it effects your day, your work, and your mental state. I’ve always felt this way but hearing it, validated my feelings. (who doesn’t love when that happens!!) I also was noticing at the same time (tell me this isn’t a sign?!) that a woman I enjoy following on Instagram, was showing HER morning routine. It’s my morning routine goal. So relaxing, calming, and positive. Her name is Katrina and I reached out to her asking about her routine. Here’s what she had to say:
“I have been doing this routine for about 3 years. It’s about an hour 15 min or hour and a half. I know. It’s long. But I LOVE not being rushed and overall, not rushing, is what makes it so magical. I have noticed a change and it also ties in with my reason for why my morning routine began. I started when I was teaching. I went to work rushed, frustrated and full of angst. At the end of the day, I would be exhausted and my evening was spent prepping for the next day or falling asleep on the couch. I kept thinking, when is it ‘my time?’. That’s when I realistically decided that the only time I could possibly have energy and a chance to do some things for myself would be before work. and this was when I had to be at work by 7am.
I made a plan. I thought of what I wanted to fit in. I knew I wanted to ideally meditate or journal, workout and walk. I was going to get in my bed by 8:30 and wake up at 5. I would not allow myself to hit snooze and see how it went. It hurt at first haha but after a couple of weeks the early rising was easy and I LOVED getting up before the rest of the world. There is a peace during that time that doesn’t exist during the rest of the day.
Now my morning routine makes me feel like I pampered myself and had a chance for me during the day. I went to work and had more patience with my second graders and I felt like I could breathe. At the end of the day, I was okay with being exhausted because I felt like I didn’t miss out on anything.”
Katrina described exactly what I was feeling and how I want to feel in the morning. She laid it out and took pictures that I saw as gentle reminders that I can start my morning that way too! When I reached out to her she also provided me with some advice.
“1.) Plan out what you’d ideally like in your routine and tweak it as you go. It’ll take a few days to find your groove. 2.) Set things out/pick a workout the night before so it’s not stressful. 3.) Add a buffer of about 10 min so you don’t rush it. The whole point is that it shouldn’t feel like a ‘to do’. 4.) Pick something to do first thing that you’ll look forward to and want to get out of bed for! For me, it was expresso! Or it could be tea.”
Katrina is SO nice and if you want to follow her or check out her routine on her stories you can find her @tiptoptink on Instagram. Check out her website as well https://www.tiptoptink.com
I hope her words inspire others the way they have inspired me and truly are helping me.