Mornings can be chaotic and stressful. It can be challenging to slow down mornings to add healthy habits, that can have a positive benefit to your life. If your anything like the average person, your morning might look something like this: wake up, snooze, snooze, scroll social media, wake up to get ready in a rush, pick up something convenient to eat and out the door in a hurry you go. Believe me, I have spent years of my life with a routine that looked like that.
There were habits that I wanted to add in my life, but I just never seemed to have the time for. The days go by fast, with the never-ending to-do lists, I knew it is almost impossible to do anything for myself throughout the day. As a mom, my needs kind of get pushed to the back burner until my kids go to bed. Until the day I admitted to myself that I will have to make an extra effort for my needs to be priority nothing will change. My desire to add healthy habits into my life was desperately needed, but on the other hand, I wasn't able to get myself to make my children's needs wait. I have always been the kind of mom who wanted to spend every minute with her children. I will spend our days teaching them, learning, playing together, and getting them involved in everything I do. Whether that was cleaning, cooking, playing sports at the park, or going anywhere they were involved right by my side. It is how we have created the best memories and also thought them to be involved in my daily life. Of course, they never seemed to mind because they love being my little shadow.
“My desire to add healthy habits into my life
were desperately needed”
-Beautiful Simple Life
The only way I could ever do anything for myself was before my kids wake up and after they have gone to bed. Which meant, I needed to apply a power hour in the morning by giving myself an extra hour before my kids wake up at 6am. This is how my desire to add healthy morning habits have become a top priority. I am able to do a quick workout, read something that can feed my soul for the day, and even get fully ready for the day. Some days I even have time to start a load of laundry and others I might just choose to enjoy a cup of coffee in my backyard.
“Lose an hour in the morning,
and you will be all day hunting for it”
Bedtime has become a very strict time for us in this house. We have a routine that I am not willing to break, even if it means we have to say no to events we get invited to. A 7pm bedtime seemed to work for my children the best, and they seem to cling to it now. After bedtime, I have about 2-3 hours (or sometimes more) for myself to do the things I couldn't get done during the day. That is more than enough time to write a blog, clean, meal prep, prepare for the next day, and even get a little extra time for myself. It is my time to speed into getting the day done with, and also balancing it by giving myself time to recharge for the next day. This is how I balance my life on a daily and I am able to be the best version of myself the next day.
“The best life is…
getting up an hour early
to live an hour more,
to do the thing that fuels your soul”
-Beautiful Simple Life
Habits are hard to change, but it is even harder to lose yourself and the balance in life. Today, I will share with you some of the things I have done to have a morning routine I love. My days of running out the door late and stressed out are long behind me. Mornings have truly become beautiful and peaceful to myself and my children.
1. Start slow
Don’t try to add all the habits at ones, choose what is more important to you and wake up 20 minutes earlier to accomplish that. When you mastered this routine, wake up another 20 minutes earlier to add another habit. Then if you still want to add another thing to your morning routine add another habit and wake up even earlier. The most important way to accomplish this is by not stressing to get it done, but learning to love the routine along the way. If you wake up every morning pissed off that you have to wake up earlier to do something, it will most likely be more of a harm to yourself than any good. Its all about changing the mindset and mastering your steps to reach your goal.
2. The only way to change the game is by changing the mindset
Your mindset will be key here. Some days you will be exhausted and not want to do some things, but that is completely normal as long as you're not just procrastinating. On days you need a break, balance it by waking up only 15 minutes earlier to focus on doing something positive that can either feed your soul or change your mindset for a positive day. Not every day is meant for over pushing yourself, some days are there to remind you that things need to slow down. It is how everything can be less routine like and more enjoyable.
3. We have time for the things we want to make time for
If you don't think you have enough time through the day, start tracking everything you do in the day. Track yourself to see how much time you spend on your phone, social media, watching tv, and maybe even procrastinating. It will all come down to what you make a priority in your life. I spend a limited amount of time on social media because I prioritize on other things. Sometimes I even forget to respond to phone calls or text messages because I choose to neglect my phone throughout the day, and give my attention elsewhere. Watching my favorite tv shows only happen 1 to 2 times a week because I choose to make other things a priority.
I would love to hear some habits that you might have changed in your life. Ones that have made the most impact, and help you accomplish things that you never imagined were possible. I would love to hear from you guys, comments and emails are always appreciated.
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