7 Busy Mom Hacks for a Stress-Free Morning
Do mornings totally stress you out? What if I told you a stress-free morning isn’t impossible?
I’m sure the thought of that perked you up more than a piping hot cup of blueberry infused green tea!
Starting your day off right doesn’t have to feel like an uphill battle. And it all starts with an organized, stress-free morning.
So to help you start your day off right, I’m going to walk you through 7 no-fail hacks for a stress-free morning that any busy mom can handle with ease!
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Get Your Clothes and Lunch Ready The Night Before
The first step to a stress-free morning is to wake up prepared. If you spend 20 minutes deciding what everyone’s going to wear and another 15 making everyone’s lunches, that’s 35 minutes you aren’t going to get back. And 35 minutes that you could have spent doing something more conducive to a productive day.
So take some time the night before and figure out what everyone is going to wear in the morning and pack everyone’s lunch.
Or, better yet, plan it all out on Sunday if you can! Pick out the outfits for the week and do some meal prep to keep things quick and easy during the week. This way you aren’t only saving time in the morning, you’re saving time in the evening as well.
Have Your Coffee and Smoothie Ready to Go
Another great thing you can do to save some time and have a stress-free morning is to set your coffee pot the night before.
I seriously thought everyone did this for the longest time, but I’ve talked to so many people who don’t! So if you fall into this second category, listen up.
You can get a Mr. Coffee from Target for around $25. It only takes about 2 minutes to set up at night before you go to bed. Then you just set the time, and the coffee will be ready by the time you need it. I don’t know how I would function first thing in the morning without a cup of coffee ready to go!
And while you’re saving time brewing a pot of coffee, have your smoothie ready as well. Mix up a quick batch on Sunday, put them in some mason jars, and pull them out as you need them. Some people prefer to pull one out the night before, so it’s drinkable in the morning, but I like mine with a spoon, so I keep it frozen.
Don’t Hit the Snooze
The next thing that you should do to have a stress-free morning is to avoid the snooze button.
While that extra 10 minutes of sleep is pure bliss, it’s scientifically proven to restart your sleep cycle and confuse your body. So, rather than waking refreshed, you’re waking back up right when your body thinks it should be sleeping.
So how do you avoid that oh so tempting snooze button?
One great way is to move your alarm clock (or phone) away from your bed. By forcing yourself to get out of bed to turn it off physically, you are less likely to climb back in.
The next thing you need to do to have a stress-free morning is to start your day without stress-inducing activities.
And I’m talking about the ever-so-present social media and email time sucks.
If the first thing you do in the morning is react to your news feed or start responding to emails, you are allowing other people to dictate your time. Yes, you absolutely need to stay on top of these things to keep your business afloat. But you do not have to do it first thing in the morning.
Set some time aside for this later, once you’ve had time to wake up and start your day off right.
You need to be intentional with your time, especially first thing in the morning. You need to proactively decide to put your mind to work on something that will boost your mood, not bog you down and overwhelm you.
Because the social media feed will never run out. And those emails are going to keep showing up. The only thing you can control about them is how much time and energy you are willing to put towards them.
Boost Your Mood
So if you aren’t going to be wasting time scrolling through Facebook or checking your email right when you wake up, what should you be doing?
You should be setting your mood for the rest of the day.
And one of the best ways to do this is to take a few minutes and fuel your mind and body.
You could start a gratitude journal. Take some time first thing in the morning and write down everything you are thankful for. Or everything you look forward to in the upcoming day. By focusing on the positive now, you are more likely to stay positive for the rest of the day.
Or you could give yourself an endorphin boost with a quick morning workout or yoga sequence.
Or, if your brain just never seems to slow down, you could take a few minutes to do a brain dump. This will allow you to clear your thoughts, get them all out on paper, and then organize and prioritize them into what you need to do.
The point here is to find an intentional way to start your day off on the right foot.
Have a Set Morning Schedule
The next thing you need to do to have a stress-free morning is to have a set schedule. And stick to it.
Wake up when your alarm goes off. Grab your coffee and breakfast. Get your mindset right. And then continue with the rest of your morning routine.
Write down exactly what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it. And then stick to that plan until it becomes a habit.
Once that happens your mornings will run on autopilot. You won’t have anything throwing you off, messing up your day.
Humans are creatures of habit, so feed that instinct. It will pay off, and I can guarantee you will start to have stress-free mornings as a result.
Have a Set Schedule for Your Kids
Not only do you need to have a set morning schedule, but your kids need one, too.
First of all, they will also form habits around this set schedule, which will result in everyone just doing what needs to be done. You won’t have to nag them to do this or that. It will just happen. (Just have some patience with them as it may take a little longer for them.)
Second of all, you are teaching them the importance of a reliable schedule from a young age. This will help them learn how to manage their own time better as they gain more independence. It will also get them into a healthy routine that will likely stay with them as they get older.
And I’m sure we can all agree that knowing how to manage your time is an essential life skill that should be taught as early as possible.
Need some help with your morning schedule? Click here to get a free morning scheduler. Use the tool to block out your morning with the things you need to do and start your day off right! It even comes with a section to help your kids with their own schedule! Get your free copy now!
What do you do to have a stress-free morning? Let us know in the comments!
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