I’ve never been much of a morning person. But with three kids, mornings come too soon. I’ve been getting up before they do, though it’s tough some days. I can get some things done before launching into Mom-Mode. Every good morning starts with a good night.
GO TO BED AT A DECENT TIME
I used to stay up late – reading, watching Netflix, scrolling through my phone. These days, I try to be asleep by 10:30 at the latest. More often than not, I am asleep by 10. I’ve been using the Bedtime option in my phone’s alarm clock app to track my sleep, but it’s hit or miss. (For instance, last night, it said I only slept three hours. Not quite. And sometimes, it doesn’t work at all.) If you have any good sleep app recommendations let me know!
GET THINGS READY THE NIGHT BEFORE
Making lists and setting out our clothes are two ways I prepare for the next day. I also make sure all the electronics get charged.
GET OUT OF BED RIGHT WHEN THE ALARM GOES OFF
It’s tempting to hit the snooze and sleep for nine more minutes, but once I’m awake, it’s hard for me to fall back to sleep. You can keep your alarm on the other side of the room, or trust yourself to get up when it goes off.
MAKE A PEPPY PLAYLIST
The Moana soundtrack is my current favorite – and bonus for me – it motivates my kids too! Or listen to a podcast!
ROUTINE, ROUTINE, ROUTINE
I’ve been getting in the habit of working out right away, using workouts I find on Pinterest. It’s not much, but it gets me moving and wakes me up. Plus, I don’t have to dread working out later – it’s already done! Then I shower and get ready for the day. Since I have psoriasis, taking care of my skin is more important than ever. Right now, I have several spots on my face I am trying to control. Face wash, toner and a good moisturizer help for now. After all that, I sit at the counter in the kitchen (my “office”) and get to work on the list of things I made the night before.
EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST
This is one I don’t do often. My stomach usually can’t handle food before noon, so I drink a bunch of water. When I could eat breakfast, I liked English muffins with peanut butter, bacon and orange juice. I always take my vitamins though (Vitamin D, B12 and Vitamin C, along with a multivitamin).
What can you do to have an easier morning?