Routines make me happy. Having a routine that you stick to make the day get off to a good start and can give you a fresh perspective for the day ahead.
Schedules are great, there is no doubt that they have their place. Just ask my girls, when you have 16 kids schedules are must for certain times of the day. They also can be the cause of a bit of stress. Routines are a rhythm; those little things each day that you do the same way. Even if things don’t happen at the exact same time everyday a routine makes life flow more smoothly. Days when I don’t at least try yo follow my routine don’t go nearly as well as the days I follow through with them.
Routines bring a comfort and a sense of peace even on the hard days.
1. Get up with your alarm
The “Just five more minutes” trap can be disastrous. Five more minutes can easily turn into an extra half hour if you are not careful. I speak from experience. Once you allow yourself to drift of to sleep again you feel more groggy than you would have if you had gotten out of bed with the first alarm. Then your whole routine for the morning is rushed or thrown off.
I find that once I get into a routine, my body starts to wake up naturally at the time I need to be up. My only problem there is remembering to turn off the alarm before it goes off if I wake up a couple of minutes early. I’ve had not so happy of room mates that heard my alarm go off when I was off in the bathroom getting ready while they got a bit more sleep.
I’ll admit that the selection of sounds on my iPhone has made waking up to an alarm much nicer than before. Being a dorm mama for 9+ girls for 9 years has made me a light sleeper. It take very little noise to wake me up, so I use the harp sound on my phone set on the 1 level of volume. That in and off itself helps my day start better. Who wants to have their heart start pumping with a loud noise first thing in the morning? If you need one and it work for you that’s great too.
2. Make time for God
Making time for God first thing in the morning is something that I can not emphasize more. Taking a few minutes before the feet of our Father is key no matter how rested or tired we are.
In some stages of life it has been a quick prayer while I start getting ready and practicing a verse. I’ve had other times in life where I was able to sit down a spend a good chunk of time with my Heavenly Papa first off. In those bust moments in life I took what I could get, then found a bit of time again later in the day.
Once Mare from Just Making Noise’s mom told be something I have never forgotten. She told that before I even got out of bed to pray that God would help me to respond well and not react poorly to the situations of the day. This short prayer is always a good reminder at the start of the day, especially on those days when from the moment you wake up your day is not what you planned.
Here are some ideas for making time for God everyday.
3. Do your hair
Who would think that a simple act of pulling your hair back would make a difference? Mama’s this one is for you. (Or work at home ladies as well.) When you know that you aren’t going out and that the kids don’t care it’s easy to just go with the bed head for a while. If you have even just two minutes you will be amazed at the difference it will make, regardless if your attire in PJ’s or not.
I have found that as long as my hair is pulled back in a pony tail or up in a bun (normally with a flexi clip) that I feel more put together. I can focus on what I need to do and proceed with the day. Later on I throw on cloths or shower but that simple act of getting my hair out of my face is a life saver!
4. Have something to drink
Not only is starting your day with a warm beverage soothing but it also can refresh your body from it’s overnight fast. Bulk Herb Store and Traditional Cooking School both share beneficial lemon waters that will help you get going in the morning. Even though I love my coffee and tea I really have noticed the benefit of starting my day this way. I love to wrap my hands around my mug and savor the moment.
Once I am done with my lemon “tea” I make a batch of coffee in my french press or make myself a cup of tea. If I’m in the mood I might make a mug of my “frothy coffee”.
Lemon Vanilla “Tea”
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 TBS lemon juice
- A pinch of Real Salt
- Vanilla Stevia Drops to taste (optional)
Just a few minutes of stretching can loosen your joints that may have gotten stiff overnight. It can also help wake you up a bit!
6. Eat a Good Breakfast
Protein is a must in the morning! It gives your body full that will keep you going. Skipping breakfast or just having a piece of toast will leave you hungry later on or make your body think that it is starved once lunch time rolls around. If you are short on inspiration for breakfast foods, Beth of Red and Honey’s book The Breakfast Revolution is jam packed with amazing meals, all which are gluten-free! I haven’t tried a recipe that I didn’t like in it!
What is your morning routine? Are there things you can think of to add to mine?