Tips And Tricks For Starting A Morning Routine

I don't know about you, but I am not a morning person. I am, however, a mother to a child that wakes up with endless amounts of energy. He is going a million miles an hour and I am usually barely awake. This has lead to days where I am sitting in my pajamas and pulling on my unwashed hair, wondering where my child gets all his energy.

While I hate to admit it, the days go by much better when I stick to my morning routine. Unfortunately for me, a good morning routine requires waking up early. However, I have some tricks and tips for starting a morning routine. While I would much rather lounge around in bed, I have found a way to make mornings, somewhat bearable.

Tips and tricks for starting a morning routine

Because my husband doesn't get home until later in the day, my child stays up later than most his age. My child typically goes to sleep around 8:30pm and sleeps until 8am. My husband goes to bed around 9:30pm and I usually go to bed around 10:30 or 11pm. I know I should go to bed earlier, but between blog posts and virtual assistant work that I can't get done during the day, it isn't really possible.

Tips For Starting A Morning Routine 

Get Enough Sleep: Obviously, it is much easier to get up when you have had enough sleep.  Need help sleeping, check out my sleep better routine.

Be Consistent: Starting a morning routine is not easy. Everyday I am tempted to hit the snooze button and throw the routine out the window, but I know if I stick with the routine that it will be worth it.

Limit Screen Time: My iPhone used to be the first thing I looked at when I got up. I just wanted to sneak a look at my emails.. and Instagram... and Pinterest. The next thing I know and it has been an hour. Now I avoid looking at my screen first thing in the morning. 

Get Moving: It takes me a long time to wake up. Moving from the bed to the sofa doesn't help. I need to get moving in order to wake my body up. Some people may chose to exercise after waking up, I'm not one of those people. I do like to do a few stretches and maybe yoga, ten or fifteen minutes tops.

Get Ready For The Day: I also try to get ready for the day. I take a shower, do my beauty routine, and put on fresh clothes. Most days it is just leggings and an Old Navy t-shirt, but I am dressed and ready to start my day. 

Eat A Healthy Meal: Some people cannot eat right when they wake up, as a pregnant lady I don't have this problem. I wake up staving. If I pick the wrong thing to eat for breakfast, I lose my momentum and crash. Having gestational diabetes means I have no choice but to eat a healthy breakfast.

Have A Positive Attitude:  It can be hard to have a positive attitude when you just want to be in bed. I try to find something to look forward to for the day.  Seeing my little boy happy for the day usually does the trick.

Bonus Tip
If you drink coffee or tea in the morning, a pretty cup can help make the morning a little more pleasant. Here are a few that I wouldn't mind having for myself.

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