Updated: Aug 18, 2021
''A healthy, low-stress, [and] focused morning routine sets the tone for the whole day,” clinical psychologist Ryan Howes, Ph.D. After having a kid, it becomes harder to get a calm morning, and that's time for us to reset our morning routine. Like me, I never though I will wake up early on the morning to do meditation or do Yoga before having kid. But it has all changed after a year of losing my ME time, lack of freshness and clarity.
That's time I need to change my routine, get up EARLIER to CREATE more time for ME, helping me fully awaked and fresh for a day. So here are a few of my favorite Happy Mom Hacks to cultivate the atmosphere of an Empowered Morning for the WHOLE family!
1. Make your bed.
Yes, making your bed is technically a chore, but it can also be a deceptively simple and tiny way to make yourself feel good. The reasons are manifold: It goes a long way in making your space (and mind) less cluttered, it encourages good sleep hygiene (who doesn’t want to crawl into a freshly made bed at the end of the day?) for you and for your kids as well, and it might also do some surprising psychological work behind the scenes too.
2. Put off checking your phone.
Every time we check our phones—especially after a long stretch of time away, like when we’re sleeping—we invite a flood of stimulation and bullshit into our brain space. For such a tiny device, your phone holds a lot of potential stressors, like news notifications, your bank-account balance, and texts that demand your attention right now. And for many of us, once we check our phones, we’re pretty much plugged in for the rest of the day. Why not delay that just a little bit?
3. Stretch your body
Anyone can enjoy a good stretch in the morning. It doesn’t have to be a full-on yoga routine or even have the purpose of supplementing your regular workout. It can just be a way to get your blood flowing and, TBH, to tap into the nice feeling of a good streeetch. Of course, stretching properly to avoid injury is extra important, especially in the a.m., when you might be stiff and not properly warmed up. This quick sun salutation is a good place to start.
4. Drink some water .
The benefits of drinking water are well documented. You know you should be hydrating throughout the day, but a glass of water in the morning kind of gets the whole process going. Making a habit of knocking back your first glass in the morning can help a lot. I and my husband even go as far as setting out a glass of water on our bedside table the night before for the whole night and early morning.
5. Wash your face
Wash your face is another super easy task to bring a freshness after a long night to your face ( especially your eyes) . Not only is a regular skin-care routine necessary for healthy skin, but it also feels like a mini pampering session every time I do it. This can be a great way to start off a day that will be otherwise busy and stressful.
6. Do something silly and creative with your family
Fun is always work to start a happy day. Create a fun, upbeat, positive playlist to play in your home while you are all getting ready. Music on, and silly jump and dance together is the perfect way to create a great energy in your home, affirmations can also do this. It can be as simple as you want it! While your kiddos are waking up, say out loud “Today is the best day yet!” “You had a great day!” .
7. Get up early and do meditation
I wake up at 6 am to start my own routine with meditation and Yoga but you don't need to if you would love to spend time on bed longer. I mean, not 1 hour meditation, but 10 minutes meditation that you can sit still and connect with your inner world little longer than your dream is already great effort. It does really help me to gain clarity for my mind and my body to start my day with chaos and excitement :))). I hope it will help you as well.
Alright mama! You’re headed in the right direction! You have begun to create your Empowered Mornings and now you’re getting your family on board too! You are unstoppable! Make sure to jump over into Fb group Blissful Yogi Moms and Kids and share with us what you’re doing! You may also leave comments here on the blog!