Mommy Morning Routine: 12 Simple Habits for Productivity and Sanity

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Have you ever wondered what the best mommy morning routine is and how other moms start their day?

Are you grumpy most mornings because you get woken up by your kids, rushing around trying to feed them breakfast and get them ready while you haven’t even been to the toilet yet? Looks like you need to set up a morning routine for yourself so you can avoid the chaos.

Since having a morning routine in place, I feel so much happier and I start my day refreshed and organized.

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Benefits of a Mommy Morning Routine

A morning routine is the foundation of your day. If you wake up in a bad mood and rush to get everyone including yourself ready, the stress will most likely follow you through the whole day.

This might be 20 minutes earlier, 45 minutes, or as much as an hour. It’s up to you what you would like to do with your me-time. You might have to get yourself ready for work so you already have to get up early enough. Maybe you can squeeze in another 10 minutes to meditate or do some light stretches.

That way you’ll feel like to have done something for yourself before taking care of your kids, work, and the house.

By getting up early, you will increase your productivity and get more out of your day. You’ll be prepared and organized for what’s ahead.  

The Downside of Not Having a Mommy Morning Routine

Not having a morning routine will leave you with no time for yourself, and you’ll have a slow start to the day as you constantly play catch up due to being unprepared.

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What is a Good Early Morning Routine?

I know, it’s hard to break habits but you will feel so much better when you first do something for yourself in the morning rather than attending to everybody else’s needs.

12 Tips for the Best Mommy Morning Routine

  1. Morning routine starts the night before
  2. Set alarm 1 hour before your children get up
  3. Workout/Light Exercise/Stretches
  4. Meditating
  5. Have a shower and get dressed
  6. Make your bed
  7. Don’t check your phone
  8. Set goals for the day
  9. Read a book
  10. Learn something
  11. Attend to your basic needs
  12. Take Saturday morning to yourself

1. Your Morning Routine Starts the Night Before

If you don’t plan on how you would like to start your day, you will either fall back into your usual habits (snoozing your alarm clock or not setting your alarm earlier at all) or you’ll be wasting too much time in the morning thinking about what to do and run out of time.

Maybe you just want to do something simple as setting the breakfast table so you have more time for the things that you actually want to do.

2. Set Your Alarm 1 Hour Before Your Children Get Up

Why the hell would you lose out on 1 hour of sleep? Everybody keeps telling you how important sleep is for your physical health.

But if you want to start the day YOUR way and have enough time for what you have planned, it’s best to get up 1 hour before your kids usually wake up.

3. Workout/Light Exercise/Stretches

An idea for a good mommy morning routine is to get your workout done. Whether it’s a full workout, some light exercise like Yoga or Pilates, or just some mindful stretches. Whatever makes you feel good and refreshed.

A nice thing to do is to only turn a little lamp on, or maybe even just a candle.

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4. Meditating

Meditating in the morning might seem hard because you’ve just woken up and don’t want to fall back asleep. Therefore, it’s important to not do this in bed or on the couch.

Instead, sit on the floor or carpet and take a few minutes to yourself. Don’t think about all the things that have to be done, just enjoy the silence.

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5. Have a Shower and Get Dressed

If you can have a shower without waking anyone up, do it.

Even if you’ll just stay at home for the day, use a nice body wash and put some fresh clothes on. You will feel so much better after doing it.

6. Make Your Bed

Studies have shown that people are more productive and organized during the day if they do their bed as a part of their morning routine. This article from CNBC says:

“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.” Source: CNBC.com

7. Don’t Check Your Phone

Your phone is the biggest of all distractions and a huge time waster. Basically, it’s your biggest enemy when it comes to having a mommy morning routine.

The thought of staying in your warm bed and checking your phone for messages/emails, the latest news, and social media is tempting, I know! You will have to be strong.

You have to remember, that checking social media isn’t of any benefit to you. It’s all about other people’s lives. Don’t devote your time to someone else first thing in the morning.

While you crawl through all your social media channels to make sure you haven’t missed anything, there will be 20 or 30 minutes gone. And after you finally get yourself to put your phone away, you feel tired again and could go back to sleep.

Not only that, but you also feel mentally exhausted and frustrated. You see other people living their ‘best’ lives and there you are – another morning passed and you haven’t done anything for yourself and your kids are about to wake up needing your attention.

8. Set Goals for The Day

Think about what you want to get done today. Go through your to-do list and pick a couple of things. Don’t pick too many otherwise you will get overwhelmed and end up doing none of them.

You can also do some journaling to write down how you feel and what you want to achieve in the long run.

Reading a few motivational affirmations is also a good way to set the tone for the day.

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9. Read a Book

Reading a book will help you clear your mind and you can be in a different mind space, not having to think about all the things which have to get done today.

This can be something inspiring like a biography, or something entertaining like a romance or a thriller.

I’d make sure to get out of bed first, otherwise, you might fall back asleep.

10. Learn Something

Do you feel like you never learn anything new anymore?

Once we leave school/college/university and are caught up with our everyday lives, we don’t learn that much anymore.

Is there something that really interests you and you want to know more about?

A nice way to start your day is to watch a documentary or read a book about a topic that interests you – with a hot cup of coffee in your hand.

11. Attend to Your Basic Needs

It might be a good idea to eat something before your kids wake up. That way you don’t get hangry and you can enjoy breakfast in peace.  

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And this is my bonus for a great mommy morning routine:

12. Take the Saturday Morning to Yourself

On a Saturday I get up early too and do my exercise BUT I leave the house to do so.

Sometimes, I go swimming or go to the gym, sometimes I go for a run with our dog, or sometimes I just go for a walk (and get a coffee on the way).

Saturday and Sunday are the days my partner is home so I can leave it to him to get our daughter ready.

Having those couple of hours in the morning just to yourself and actually being able to leave the house is SO great.  

Conclusion: Final Thoughts on a Peaceful Mommy Morning Routine

The best thing about having a mommy morning routine in place is, that you actually look forward to the next day.

If you choose how you start your day, with the things you like, then it feels like you’re back in control. During that hour in the morning, no one tells you what to do and you don’t feel obliged to please anybody but yourself.

Take little steps first. Do one thing each morning to get into the habit of doing something for yourself and get used to it. Gradually, you can add some more and change things up.

Enjoy the time you have to yourself! 

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