From being a sleepy head to a morning person. What ever tucks you, having your very own morning routine is everything but boring. It is essential to setting off your day in the right path. How many days do you want to feel rushed and out of control. Learn about your needs, incorporate small things that feel good, set your clock and snooze button for extra pillow talk (and cuddles).It certainly isn’t easy when you are having a baby, or two in the house. So dear young Mums (and Dads), don’t even bother now. Living with young kids teaches you how to be flexible and accommodating at all times, no matter how you feel (of if you’ve got your make up on yet or even the kettle started). Keep this article for later times…For now, rest when ever you can! I can only talk from my own experience. Some things that will work for me, wont work for you, but some might, or in the least they will spark off another idea. My morning rituals have become sacred, more and more. Why is that? Because I have identified the things I want and I need in my life to feel good. Like a lot of Mums, if I don’t feel good, the whole household doesn’t run well. So, I try to give myself these pockets of moments in the day to do things just for me (#metime vs #momtime). You are enough! And who knows, while you are busy, everyone at home will just have to do their share. Teaching kids to be independent is to show how to set boudries. Another reason is that practicing rituals keeps me from having to reinvent my self each day. It gives space to be creative and productive in the other parts of the day and life.
Give yourself these pockets of moments in the day to do things just for you. Why not start the day with you time?I found a few things that help me mentally, spiritually and physically to set me up for the day. Pick and try what works for you.
- I usually start with a big glass of water because during our sleep, our body looses a lot of water simply by exhaling.
- Then I alternate between deep breathing techniques and meditation. Excellent apps for this are the ‘Insight Timer’ or 'Yoga Wake Up' which you can replace the horrid clock with.
- I get out of bed to wake up my kids and make myself and my love a cup of tea. I can cut back on many things, but my cup of black tea is something I look forward to. I also add a drop of lemon essential oil for the taste. You should try it!
- Then I slide back into bed just for a little longer to write into my journal. Why do I do that in the morning? Because it is my gratitude journal. Starting my day with positive thoughts helps me keeping the negative ones astray (from the inside or from external vibes). Keeping track of things you are grateful for, the things money cant buy is also good for your brain. A good stress relief. You can read up on this by the mentor of journaling Katie Dalebout.
- I make my bed. Because I like my home clean and tidy, it helps me to think straight. My friend Sophia Watanabe-Edstrand once told me that the reason she keeps her home décor minimalist, is because she needs to balance it out with her inner firework of creative flow. Same goes for me. Another thing it does is that it makes you start your day with an accomplishment. As little as it is, it increases your self esteem. Lastly it just feels nicer to slide into a made up bed at night then fiddling with the duvet and fluffing up your pillows (read more on sleep here)
- I brush my teeth, my hair and even my body (check out all about dry brushing also), with the opposite hand. The more I use the opposite hand, the more I create right and left brain activity which stimulates oxygen which promotes focus.
- I make sure to diffuse a blend of essential oils in the living room for the whole family to benefit from. Peppermint, Grapefruit are a winner combo for speeding up the oxygen and wake up faster.
- Breakfast is made of a power smoothie. Everyone in my family loves it. It has irrevocable health benefits and increases focus. I usually mix blueberries, cinnamon, coconut butter, vegan protein, VPP, Ningxia Red with rice milk. To keep it yum, I vary the recipe daily.
- Once the packed lunches are done and the kids are out of the. It’s ME TIME, I mean consciously me time. I either listen to my favourite podcasts while I shower or I read through the pile of articles I keep for ‘when the time is right’.
- Exercise has become part of my routine too. Id like to you if I said I do fitness on daily basis. I love warm weather and during summer I can exercise daily. Winter doesn’t work so well for me, yet. So my exercise is either stretching with an app, going to my yoga class or doing fitness at the gym.