Morning is such an important time of the day!
I used to not be a morning person. At all……
I hated mornings. I would always sleep in til the very last minute, hitting the snooze button multiple times, before jumping out of bed in a panicked rush.
But I’ve now learned that how I spend my mornings often will tell me how my day will look.
If my mornings are focused, intentional, rooted in gratitude, and based on habits/routines, then I am set up for success. If I’m running around like a crazy woman, then my day suddenly looks like a dumpster fire. I’ve noticed such a dramatic change in the stress level of our home when we implemented a morning routine–no longer do I leave the house or start my day upset, frazzled, or anxious. Instead, we are starting our day out with high fives, singing to 80s music in the car, and feeling excited about the day ahead of us.
Here’s a snap shot of what my morning routine looks like:
- Coffee. Because Mama runs on caffeine.
2. Gratitude Journal. I think it’s SO important to start your day firmly rooted in gratitude. It’s so easy to get caught up in hustle and bustle of life but this practice forces me to stop and focus on the sweet, special, every day miracles that do happen in our life. I make a point to focus on small things for this practice–and only five things. It can be anything from James making me coffee in the morning to watching Callie ride her horse. Funny jokes that we heard or the fact that it was nice enough to drive with the window down the previous day. Small, little, special moments that I’m grateful for are written down each morning in my journal.
3. Dream Casting. If you know me, then you know I’m hyper focused on goals and challenging myself on a daily basis (Hello, Enneagram 3). As part of my morning routine, I write down 10 goals/dreams that I have on my heart. I write them down as if they have already happened–that way I’m subconsciously making my head and heart motivated. There’s no “getting” out of them if I write them as if they have already happened–I have to do them!! They are big goals like owning a beautiful Texas ranch but they are also goals that I strive for every day–having a strong marriage and being an exceptional mama. It’s a daily reminder of the person that I want to be and how I’m going to achieve those things.
4. Move my body. This is SO important to me. Want to change your mindset? Move your body. Want to feel powerful and in control? Move your body. Want to improve your mood? MOVE YOUR BODY. This can be anything–foam rolling, yoga, stretching, a quick cardio work out, boot camp, going for a walk. But no matter what I move my body before I start my day. Most mornings it’s a quick foam roll and yoga flow ( I like to do my heavier workouts in the afternoon) but it’s amazing what just getting your blood flowing will do for your mental clarity.
5. Review our schedule and “To Accomplish” List for the day. I’m a list maker–who’s with me? I write a list of things to accomplish the night before and I review it and my work schedule in the morning. That way I have clear line of sight to what my day is going to look like! I know when I can get a workout in, how many Zoom calls I’ve got (hint it’s a ton), if Callie has any PT, and if I’m going to need to pick up dinner on the way home! Pre-planning for our family is key!
6. Five Minutes of Peace. I’ve just started implementing this and it’s now my favorite part of the morning. I literally sit for 5 minutes in quiet. Just sit. I don’t do anything but sit and focus on my breathing. Zero other thoughts in my head. Just me and the quiet. It’s amazing how much that little pause centers me and gives me a feeling of calm.
I hope these helped!!! Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more of our routine and helpful tips!