Mornings can be busy and chaotic, especially if you’re a working mom. As a mom, your morning ritual can either help you get off the right track or be the starting point for struggle the rest of the day. When I first became a working mom, I was disorganized and often felt rushed in the morning. It took me some time before I figured out a morning ritual that worked for me. If you’re a new working mom or have been a working mom for some time, but need advice on how to jump start your day on the right foot, continue reading.
Morning Ritual Ideas For Busy Working Moms
I’m not going to lie. I’ve had a couple of moms laugh to my face when I recommend doing meditation in the morning. “Really Joyce? How am I supposed to find time to meditate in the morning when I have to do a million things including nursing my baby and getting breakfast ready for everyone before I go to work?” Here’s the thing. When I recommend meditation, people are often thinking about taking an hour out of their day to devote to this very helpful activity. Meditating doesn’t need to be done for a long time. Some meditation is better than none. Take 5 minutes to meditate in the morning before everyone gets up. Awhile back, I took an online meditation program and the first sections only focused on doing meditation for no more than 10 minutes. If you feel like you can do more than 5 minutes, then go ahead and try this. But I recommend 5 minutes as a starting point to see what you can do and what’s truly realistic for your morning ritual.
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Eating breakfast is a very important morning ritual tip to help you get your day started off the right path. I’m one of those guilty ones who would occasionally skip breakfast in the past, because I was “rushed and didn’t have time.” Skipping breakfast had consequences. One, I would be super hungry throughout the morning, which was not a good feeling. Also, it took a toll on my energy levels. I never felt like I had sufficient energy to do everything. When I did do things, I never felt like it was efficient and sometimes felt half-assed. I’m not a unique case either. Multiple studies have found connections between eating breakfast and better memory and concentration. Make it a priority to eat breakfast in the morning. It’s fuel for your body and mind, so they can work at their very best.
Make sure your purse, brief case, cell phone and keys are all in one place
This may sound like a silly morning ritual tip, but after personal and second-hand experiences, this tip is so important. How many times have you found yourself getting your entire morning routine completed, grab everything you need, and then suddenly can’t find your car keys, cell phone, or other necessity to leave the house? This whole ordeal can cost you just a few minutes of wasted time in the morning or much more time if you’re having a hard time finding your necessity. Moving forward, it doesn’t set a good tone for the rest of the day. You might end up late for work or your kid ends up being late for school. You likely will feel rushed for the rest of the morning. Collect all your necessities in one place either first thing when you wake up in the morning or before you go to bed the previous night.
Drink green tea
Some moms prefer coffee, which is fine. However, my body is sensitive to high caffeine levels and I’m not a big fan of coffee. Drinking green tea works perfectly for my morning ritual. I drink a cup of green tea with my breakfast every morning. In the past, I used to drink water or orange juice in the morning. Others encouraged me to drink something with caffeine, even if it was small caffeine levels. Since coffee didn’t work for me, I tried green tea and it gave me enough of an energy boost that helped me start my day the right way.
There are also various studies that suggest that green tea has various health benefits including lowered cholesterol and increased activity in the working-memory area of brains.
Take a brisk walk
I include a brisk walk for 5-10 minutes in my morning ritual. This helps me wake up and get a little boost of energy to help me start the day. I live in California and we’ve had a very wet winter season. When it rains, I’ve been doing power walks on the treadmill indoors, so I don’t break this morning routine habit. My preference is taking a brisk walk outdoors, which I will do when the weather is dry.
Review today’s to-do list
I review my to-do list in the morning to give me a sense of what to prepare for the day. Then, I divide it into three sections which include the main priorities, second-level priorities, and last priorities. I usually will just complete the last priorities if I have time, but it’s not necessary to finish for that particular day. Dividing my list into priorities helps me to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the long list of tasks I read on my list. If I see a group of tasks under “last priorities,” I don’t feel the pressure to get those tasks completed today if I don’t have time. I do review my to-do list the day before, but I like reviewing the list again in the morning, in case there were any changes to my schedule previously that may impact my present to-do list.
If you’re a busy working mom, mornings can be tough to get through, because you’re not just preparing the day for yourself, but also your family. However, with the right morning ritual, you can start the day off on the right path.
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