Busy mornings are the norm for many of us. Sometime they can be a so rushed that you dread them. In fact, I think the only people who have a stress-free morning seems are probably retired people!
But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you take a step back, you probably can find some things you can do make your mornings a little less frantic.
Here are 7 ideas to help you have a more relaxed and less stressful morning.
1. Get Up Earlier
If you normally get up at 6:15, set your alarm for 6 and make sure you actually get up. The next week try getting up half an hour or even a whole hour earlier.
You’ll need to go to bed a bit earlier to get the sleep you need, but that extra time in the morning can lead to a more calmer morning.
2. Get Things Done the Night Before
Although you’re probably aiming for an earlier bedtime, try to wrap things up before bedtime – at least some of the little things. Pack lunches and fill water bottles, for instance, and get the kitchen cleaned up so it’s ready for you to prepare breakfast.
Write your to-do list for things that need to be done tomorrow, so you can relax and not try to remember everything. Get purses, briefcases, and backpacks ready to go.
3. Make Dinner Earlier
To free up time in the evening, try having an earlier dinner time. For example, try to finish dinner by 6pm, which frees up a couple of hours before 8pm. Your evening will seem longer and more productive if you have an early dinner.
4. Take Five
Every morning, take five minutes to be still, pray, meditate, stretch or whatever helps you focus for a few minutes. Your morning is more likely to be calm if your mind is calm first.
5. Exercise or Stretch
Those extra minutes in the morning can give your time to exercise or stretch a bit. Whether it’s Yoga, Pilates, or miscellaneous stretches – the goal is to relax your body and get you ready for the day, and to help make you more alert.
If you’re stretched for time, definitely check out the 10 Minute Solution DVD’s. The workout routines are divided into 10 minutes increments, so even the busiest mom can squeeze in exercise during their day.
6. Do Offline Activities First
Instead of logging in or answering voice mails first thing in the morning, do tasks that don’t involve technology. By avoiding the information overload that can happen with e-mails and voicemails, you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished something and ultimately feel less rushed.
7. Have a Calm Wake-Up Routine
Rather than blasting yourself with a loud alarm, try waking to music or a low radio that gradually gets louder. If you can, a light alarm that mimics sunrise is even more gentle. Don’t have an alarm clock with a soothing alarm? Take a look at the Sony Projector Dual Alarm Clock that includes 5 soothing nature sounds including ocean waves, birds, rain, brook, and under the sea.
Mornings don’t have to be rushed. Just rearranging your routine a bit can make your morning a bit more relaxed.