Have you ever had a day when you get up late, roll out of bed (on the wrong side), and then rush, rush and rush to catch up? We all have days like this, but if every morning is like this, then you could consider adding in a morning routine.
As moms who homeschool and work, often we don’t have the luxury to just wing it. Organization is incredibly important to juggle or balance everything that needs to be done. You can have all the systems in the world, but if you don’t start the day right, then you may as well throw them out the window!
What is a Morning Routine and Why is it Important?
A morning routine is a number of things you do in the morning to start your day in the optimal way. It can include things like reading, working out, meditating or just drinking a mindful and silent cup of coffee. It’s really up to you.
These simple but powerful actions can have a big impact, not only on your day, but on the mental health of you and your whole family. Studies have been done, showing that routines…
- can help people with depression, addiction and other mental health conditions,
- allow people to sleep better at night,
- and make children feel safe and secure.
So by harnessing these potent benefits, you can set your day up to be really successful! But more than this, a morning routine is also an opportunity to have some time for yourself before you start to give, give and give some more.
A Morning Routine for Working Homeschool Moms
I think that a good morning routine is really important for working homeschool moms. Apart from the regular activities most working moms have to do, we also have the added task of educating our children. So time is our most precious commodity! And making the most of it, is a must!
Feeling like you are on top of things can really help so much! I also believe that doing things regularly that fill your cup also help so much with a more positive mindset. And as I’ve learnt from all my podcast guests, mindset is everything!
Having an Optimal Morning
A morning routine should be unique, in my mind. You can see what other successful, productive people do, and try that. But if it’s too difficult to maintain or manage, you’re probably going to quit!
As a rule of thumb, it’s best to avoid reaching for your phone as soon as you wake up. Jai Rai speaks about the science behind why you should avoid this. Basically, you skip your brain’s natural waking up process and jump straight to distraction.
Instead of jumping straight on your phone, you could:
- practise gratitude
- work out
- listen to a podcast
- make a delicious healthy breakfast
- have a cold shower
- or spend a mindful minute.
How to Start a Morning Routine that You Can Maintain
As with any major changes in your life, keeping it simple is the way to go. You can also set yourself up for success by keeping the following things in mind…
- Start really small by just adding in one new thing in the morning. Then, when that feels normal, you can add in other things.
- You can also start with just a few minutes and then extend the time as you get used to this new routine.
- Make your routine an absolute priority. It’s easy to put ourselves last, but a good morning routine is an opportunity to get in that much-needed self care!
- Spend a few minutes the night before to set up what you need for the morning. This will mean you can spend more time on the enjoyable morning activities.
- Teach your kids to have a morning routine too. In this way, they can let you have your time and they’ll learn early on how to have a successful and productive day.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t work right away. Experiment and tweak your morning routine until it’s right for you.
If you start a morning routine, let me know because I would love to hear how it’s going for you! I’m positive that it will help you to feel more in control of your time. And that’s definitely part of being a happy and thriving working homeschool mom!
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