Have you ever wondered how to get your mornings to be less chaotic? Imagine waking up and getting ready without the feeling of panic and rush. No screaming, no yelling and no heart palpitations! Well the key to a smoother morning is coming up with a stellar routine the night before. Although, let’s be real, when many moms get home from work-after cooking dinner, putting the kids to bed, and cleaning up- the last thing wewant to do is plan out the next day. But trust me; an extra 30 minutes of planning at night will save you a ton of stress in the mornings. Here’s how to create a night time routine:
1) Set out your clothes the night before: Before you go to bed, make sure you lay out everything you and the kids are going to wear the next day. Check the weather for the next day so that the kids will be dressed appropriately. There’s nothing worse than scrambling around in the wee hours of the morning looking for a thick coat because you thought it was going to be a sunny day (especially for us California people).
2) Plan out the next day’s breakfast: All the research points to breakfast being super important. Good nutrition provides us with the energy we need to think and function. Figure out ahead of time what you’d like to eat in the morning. Factor in how much prep time you will need. My staple is oatmeal and eggs. At my house, we keep boiled eggs in the fridge so we can grab some while we’re on the go. Also let the kids know what’s for breakfast the night before so there are no tears and tantrums in the morning.
3) Pack lunches: Again with the nutrition piece (can you tell I’m a big fan of food?). Good nutrition helps sustain our bodies and our minds. I can go on and on about it. To prevent yourself from grabbing whatever is available rather than whatever is best for your body, pack all your lunches and snacks the night before. If you prep all your food a week ahead of time, it will only take about 10 minutes to pack meals for the family (depending on how large your family is).
4) Write out a to do list: Before you snooze off, write out everything you need to do the next day. This clears the junk in your mind. Once you write out everything that’s clogging your mind, you will be better able to sleep peacefully. In other words, leave the mental junk on a piece of paper and let your mind focus on resting.
5) Do something soothing: The benefits of relaxation before bed time are completely under rated. According to the Mayo Clinic, practicing relaxation helps slow down the heart rate, lower blood pressure, slows down breathing rate, lowers fatigue and improves concentration (among other benefits). Here’s the link to an article by The Mayo Clinic on the benefits of relaxation: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/relaxation-technique/art-20045368?pg=1
Relaxation is also a great way to clean out the mind and prepare your body to slow down and rest. A rested mind more prepared in the morning. There are many activities to choose from- there is deep breathing, light yoga, stretching, reading, listening to soothing music, sitting in a dim room, lighting scented candles, drinking a cup of tea, the list is endless. Try different activities and figure out which ones you are naturally drawn to. If you don’t like one, no big deal, just move on to something else. Google search “relaxation activities” and it will blow your mind!
Remember, they say it takes 28 days of doing something to form a habit, so it will take about a month before this new routine becomes second nature. Which part of the list are you willing to try?
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