Ways to Have a Happier Morning

Angela - posted on 11/07/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Set an alarm.
Set your alarm to get up even 15 minutes before them so that you have a few minutes of alone time before the craziness starts. Use this time wisely

Take a shower.

Take a shower in the morning, I realized how much better I felt, right off the bat. Nothing wakes me up and makes me feel more refreshed than a quick, hot shower before my kids wake up.

Put on real clothes.

Getting dressed in the morning wakes me up and makes me feel like myself.
Yes, I was the mom still in her pajamas at 2 in the afternoon until I decided to change my ways. Getting dressed in the morning wakes me up and makes me feel like myself, and not the crazy woman I was used to looking at in the mirror.

Drink a glass of water.

Before I eat or drink anything, I down a big glass of water. It wakes me up and helps me get hydrated first thing in the morning. When I drink water first, it seems like I make better decisions about what I eat throughout the day.

Make your bed.

Here's another simple task that makes me feel like I've got my stuff together. It takes maybe three minutes and makes my bedroom seem like less of a mess.

Turn on some tunes.

Music makes everything better. And it's pretty much impossible to have a bad morning when your favorite song is the soundtrack to start your day.

Eat a good breakfast.

I don't know how many times I've had to tell myself that it does matter what I eat in the morning. When I'm racing through our morning routine, I usually either skip breakfast altogether or eat something that drains my energy and leaves me feeling sick just a few hours later. When I eat something nutritious and NOT full of sugar, I have the energy I need to make it through the day.

Don't check your phone.

I know, I know. We're all addicted to our phones and I am as guilty as they come. It's so tempting to check email and Facebook before I've even sat up in bed, but nearly every time I've done so, it messes up my morning. Instead I try to wait on doing these things until I've showered, gotten dressed and eaten something.

Believe me, I realize it might not be realistic to do all 10 of these things every single morning. But I do think that doing even one of these tasks will help you have a better morning, and most importantly, a better day.

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Chet - posted on 11/07/2014

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Sure. Hopefully some other moms share their routines too!

Putting on "real clothes" is definitely a good tip if you have to go to work though. :-)

Angela - posted on 11/07/2014

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I'm a working mom. Just some good tips to help others who might need to switch up some things to help get a better start in the morning.

Chet - posted on 11/07/2014

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This is pretty personal. I think you need to just figure out what works for you.

I hate waking up to an alarm! I have the best days when I just sleep until I'm not tired any more. If our kids are tired I'm more likely to send them to school late then wake them up because I think a good sleep is so important - and one of our kids is a monster when she's tired.

Some parents actually love getting woken up by their kids too, and all snuggling in bed together for a few minutes before they start the day. Personally, I have good mornings when our kids get up and start getting ready for school on their own!

I can't listen to music in the morning. I need to hear news, weather and traffic. I need news so bad I have two different news stations on all day - conservative news talk radio upstairs and liberal news talk radio downstairs.

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