You’re an awesome mom, a loving wife, and a dependable friend. You’ve mastered the art of putting others before yourself. That’s a good thing as long as you remember that you matter too, and that you can’t care for others if you don’t first care for yourself.
If you’ve gotten out of the habit of self-care, you may need some ideas of simple things you can do to boost your energy, have a more positive perspective, and hopefully, help your days run more smoothly.
Mornings are hectic, but if you can incorporate some or even all of these activities somewhere into your morning routine, you may be surprised at how much easier the rest of your day is.
These aren’t in any particular order, with the exception of the first one. They’re sort of in the order that I do them based upon how things flow in my home. Choose the ones you know will bless you and do as many as you can before your busy day takes over.
1. Connect with God
Morning may not be your best time to dig in and study your Bible, and that’s fine. Study when you have the peace and freedom to do so. You can, however, connect with God by praying and meditating on some of your favorite verses.
2. Kiss your husband.
No morning is too busy for a kiss. 😉
We all know that it takes intentional effort to keep the warmth in a marriage. Take that moment to tell him he’s worth it by sending him off with a smile and a kiss.
3. Drink water.
I like to begin my day with a glass of water with fresh lemon juice. I love the fresh start it gives me for the day and the health benefits I’m getting with such a simple habit.
It’s not as important that you do a strenuous work out so long as you are consistent. The act of moving your body in the morning sets you up for having more energy, more flexibility, and even a better mood throughout the day.
5. Eat a protein-rich breakfast.
I know you’re busy and the morning is already packed with activity, and that’s precisely why you need a good breakfast! Just like exercising in the morning gives you more energy for your day, so will a hearty breakfast. You’ll not only feel better physically but you’ll think more clearly, making it easier to get through that mile-long to-do list you’ve got.
6. Read for 15 minutes.
I’m not the reading police, but for the purposes of this article and the goal of having an awesome start to your day, a practical self-improvement book over fiction is going to help you grow and reach the full potential of who God created you to be.
7. Spend quiet, one-on-one time with a child.
My children have always loved those first few moments of the day spent cuddled in a rocking chair reading as many books as Mommy is willing to read. It’s such a beautiful way to begin the day. You’re setting the mood of peace and cooperation while reinforcing to your child that you’re there when he needs you.
8. Check your meal plan.
Is there something in the freezer that needs to thaw? Maybe something that needs to go in the Crock Pot? Take care of that in the morning and you’ll avoid that horrible feeling of worrying about what’s for dinner at 5:00.
Bonus! Here are three more tips, but you’ll want to do these the night before for a smoother morning.
Morning is hectic, even if you get up early to beat the rush. You can make things a lot easier on yourself by taking some steps the night before. Here are three that will get your awesome day started:
1. Go to bed!
Make sure you get plenty of sleep. No matter what else you do for yourself, it will have little benefit if you’re not well-rested.
2. Plan your day.
Glace at your calendar for tomorrow and the rest of the week. Make sure you’re not over-scheduled, that you have child care planned when necessary, and that everything is still happening according to schedule.
3. Pray over your day.
God cares about the details of your days. When you give your day to Him, you’re asking Him to be the leader, to show you how best to spend your time, and to give you the strength and patience to do all the He has called to do. (And the discernment to not do more than He has called you to do.)