Morning can be tough for anyone. Most mothers I’ve talked to say they just go through the motions in the mornings. From getting up to getting breakfast for their children to getting to work. All the same motion every morning with their eyes barely open. But what if you could enjoy those moments instead?
Getting Up Earlier than Your Kids
Start by setting yourself up for the morning each night, by getting to bed at a reasonable time. If you go to bed at 1am you are not going to want to get up at 5:30am. And your body isn’t going to be able to get you through the day. It is recommended to get 7-9 hours a night.
Set your clothes out
Set your clothes out in the morning, you don’t have to be fully awake to throw them on and once dressed you’re not going back to bed. If you are planning to exercise, make sure those are the clothes you are putting out.
Set your alarm
Do not hit that snooze button! “Snoozing” after you have hit that button will only make you more tired. As soon as you turn your alarm off, sit up and stretch your body. Stretching will get your blood flowing and start the wake-up process. If you need an extra motivation to not hit the snooze button, place your alarm across the room so you have to get up.
Set your coffee maker
I prefer to set my coffee maker for about 30 minutes after I get up, then I’m not heading straight to it after waking up but am getting some exercise in first as that is my goal in the morning and then the coffee is waiting once I’m done.
Make it a routine
It will take a few weeks but it will come if you really want it, and once you see how much better you function in the morning with your family when you get up early it will be so much easier.
If you had an extra hour or so in the mornings, for yourself?
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