How to Spice Up Your Morning Routine (So Adulting Doesn't Feel So Stale!)
Let's picture it. You wake up, you've had a full night sleep, and you feel refreshed, and ready to face the day. You get a long hot shower, then you eat a leisurely breakfast while scrolling through your social media and talking to your family about their plans for the day.
Does this sound familiar? Yeah, me neither.
More accurately, you wake up with ten minutes to go before you have to leave the house. You wildly scoop your hair into a manageable updo, slip on some flip flops while yelling at the kid to get his backpack. Meanwhle you're shoving a poptart into his hand as you race out the door. While in the dropoff lane, you start getting grouchy because the line is taking forever to creep forward five feet so you can let your kid out at the right place, and you haven't had your coffee yet.
While I can't help you with the drop off lane (honestly, is there really anyone that can?), or help you grab something other than a poptart for breakfast, I can give you some ideas on how to make your mornings feel less harried, and a little more focused. Read on for some ideas on how to make your morning feel more purposeful, and less rushed.
Make a List, Check it Twice- So, let's face it. You're not going to ever accomplish everything you put on your list. In fact, I've been known to add things to my list that I've already done, just so I have some thing to cross off. But adding some quick ideas on goals to accomplish for the day can give your whole morning a fresh, purposeful direction. Knowing what you'd like to get done by the end of the day really can make a difference. Don't get overly ambitious, but do add enough things to your list to make it feel manageable to you.
Take Some Time For Self-Care--Taking an hour to paint your nails, or do your hair and makeup all alone in the morning while trying to get the kids ready, the husband out the door, and make breakfast all at the same time, likely is a tad unrealistic. But you can carve out ten minutes to take a quick shower, listen to some music that motivates you, read a quick blog article (thanks for chosing this one, btw!) or do some meditation. Taking that time just for you to charge your batteries and preparing to meet the day can make all the difference.
Write Down Your Ideas & Feelings--It doesn't have to be a novel, it doesn't even have to be complete sentences. But taking a couple of minutes to jot down how you're feeling and get some ideas out of your head and written down can feel so good. Making time to journal is an important step in making your whole day feel a little more manageable.
Crank Up the Tunes!---Make a morning playlist with music you find energizing, motivating, inspirational, or just plain fun! Dance around your kitchen for two minutes while you butter your toast, and feel the endorphins start doing their magic.
Drink your morning coffee out of a fun cup!--Plain coffee mugs depress me. They're ugly, uninspiring, boring and make me twitch just a little when I see one. Maybe it's because of what I do, maybe it's just because I like looking at pretty things. But having a special mug or cup that you use for your morning caffeine of choice can make you feel a little more human. And that's always a good thing!
Listen To A Podcast.--There is a podcast out there for virtually any subject you're interested in. The beauty of this idea is you can multi-task! Listen to a podcast while you're fixing the lunches for the small humans. Have it on in the background while you're getting everyone's homework into backpacks and finding stray shoes. Have it playing while you take that aforementioned ten minutes for a shower and some self care. It's a great way to learn about things that interest you, and add some food for thought to the rest of your day.
Find a Phrase or Motto--As corny as it sounds, this really can help! Chanting over and over again "Punching People is Wrong" can help you remember not to smack someone that cut in line at the grocery store. Whispering "I will keep the small humans alive" all day can help you remember to make dinner when they come home. And repeating "I am fabulous, I will do all the things" can help remind you that you are, in fact, fabulous; and you can do all the things you set out to accomplish!
Now all you have to do is remember to set the alarm, and then not sleep through it!