Mental Health,  Motivation,  Wellness

Morning Routine

Are you a morning person or a night owl? Do you tend to run late in the mornings, feel rushed? Or do you have a routine each morning, that allows you to start your day calmly? Before I had my daughter, I was never a morning person. I would get up just early enough, to get ready, maybe eat breakfast and head out the door. Since then, 3 ½ years to be exact, I have developed a morning routine. I no longer feel rushed.  I now feel alert,   am wide awake, feel productive and ready to tackle the day, when I walk out my door.

Now this didn’t happen overnight. It looks different today, than it did three years ago. I have grown to appreciate the mornings, the quiet and alone time. I have also realized that after work, with a child, I am not productive in any way, shape or form. So, I wanted to maximize what I do each day. I was also motivated to focus a little more on my self-care.

With that being said, my mornings consist of waking up at least an hour, before my husband and daughter. This time can be for working out, journaling, prayer time, working on the blog, or just sitting back and enjoying my coffee. Living that parent life, the alone time becomes few and far between. Am I right? My evenings after work, I want to devote to family time.

What a quiet morning looks like for me. Journals, coffee and all the toys. Embrace where you are in life, but make the most of the precious moments.

Prior to creating a morning routine, and not carving out my time, I started getting burnt out. I was easily overwhelmed, didn’t feel like I had time for anything. I knew I eventually needed to make a change. I knew I needed something different. I realized, that at night I couldn’t accomplish much. At night, I want to shut off and be lazy. I do not have the energy for a workout after work, or the mental space to focus on anything. Some may think it is crazy waking up at 5 every day. But when you focus on your why, focus on what is important to you, your mindset begins to shift.

If you are wanting more time for the things that make you happy, bring you peace, or just some quiet time for yourself, my recommendation would be to evaluate your week, as it is now. Look to see when is it optimal for you to carve out self-care time. Understand if you function better at night or in the morning. Figure out what routine, would work best for you.

Something to consider about having a morning routine, there is never room for excuses. You start your day for you, nothing can interrupt that. Whereas, later in the day, so many things can get in the way and cause disruption. I feel like you have better odds, when you are in control of your mornings. I don’t think we always have a choice, on how we end our day.

So set your alarm, go to bed early, get enough sleep, then make your time count. What do you wish you had more time to do? What dream or goal, do you want to chase? Use this time, to create that for yourself. Time with God, time with yourself, time to reflect, is needed in our lives. We live in a world that is so fast