TIPS FOR A LESS STRESSFUL MORNING ROUTINE
PERHAPS YOU’VE TRIED GETTIN UP EARILER BUT SOMETHING ALWAYS THROWS A WRENCH IN YOUR MORNING. LUCKILY, THERE IS A BETTER WAY TO GET THINGS DONE AND GET OUT THE DOOR. IN FACT, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, YOU CAN HAVE A LESS STRESSFUL MORNING AND START YOUR DAY RIGHT.
PREP THE NIGHT BEFORE
THE BEST ADVICE IS TO GET AS MUCH OF YOUR MORNING ROUTINE DONE BEFORE YOU GO TO BED AT NIGHT. IT IS SO SIMPLE AND FREES UP SO MUCH TIME I N THE MORNING. YOU WILL BE READY FOR THE UNEXPECTED WHEN IT REARS IT’S HEAD. ONCE YOU’VE DONE YOUR PREP BEFORE BED A FEW TIMES, YOU’LL NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE RIGHT AWAY. IT IS A LIFESAVER IN THE MORNING.
ANYTHING YOU CAN FEASIBLY MAKE OR DO AHEAD OF TIME IS FAIR GAME. IRON ANY CLOTHS THAT WILL NEED IT, BE SURE SCHOOL BACKPACKS ARE LOADED AND READY TO GO. IF RAIN IS IN THE FORECAST, GET OUT THE UMBRELLAS. PACKING LUNCHES IS ONE YOU’LL STILL HAVE TO DO AT LEAST SOME OF IF YOU WANT THE SANDWICHES FRESH, BUT PACK EVERYTHING ELSE, SO THAT MAKING THE SANDWHICHES AND COFFEE IS ALL YOU’LL HAVE TO DO IN THE MORNING.
One of the many reasons why mornings tend to be stressful and time-consuming is because you spend so much time searching for shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, and homework. This is where some home organization comes in. You don’t have to color code everything,but designating a bin for shoes and a hook to hang school items on can save a lot of time in the morning. Make it a fun craft by letting your child decorate their own bin, cubby, or designated area. The more organization you can implement, the smoother your mornings, and the less stressed you’ll be. Extend this mindset to your entire home to ensure your house stays a healthy haven for the entire family.
RETHINK THE MOST STRESSFUL PARTS OF THE MORNING
THIS ONE MAY TAKE SOME CONSCIOUS EFFORT. PINPOINT WHAT TASKS CREATE THE MOST CHAOS AND TRY A SOULTION THAT WORKS FOR BOTH YOU AND YOUR CHILD. AND YOU MAY HAVE TO MEET THEM HALFWAY FOR EXAMPLE, IF GETTING DRESSES IS LIKE PULLING TEETH, TRY TO MAKE IT FUN. PICKING OUT CLOTHES FOR THE MORNING CAN BE PART OF THE BEDTIME ROUTINE. COMPLIMENT YOUR BIGBOY OR BIG GIRL WHEN THEY GET UP AND GET DRESSED BY THEMSELVES. SOME SOULDTIONS WILL WORK AND OTHERS WONT. BUT DONT GIVE UP. KEEP TRYING UNTIL YOU FIN TTHE SWEET SPOT.
BREAKFAST TO GO AND OTHER SECRETS
GETTING YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL ON TIME MAY SEEM LIKE A DAILY FOOTRACE, BUT AS MOST PARENTS WILL TELL YOU, BEATING THE CLOCK OFTEN REQUIRED THAT YOU GET CREATIVE. MOVE ALL THE CLOCKS BACK BY 15 TO 30 MINUTE INCRIMENTS TO GIVE YOURSELF SOME BREATHING ROOM. YOU’LL ALWAYS KNOW YOU’RE NOT REALLY RUNNING LATE, AND THIS LITTLE TRICK CAN BE SUPRISINGLY EFFECTIVE. HAVE PLENTY OF TO GO BREAKFASTS OPTIONS HANDY SUCH AS GRONOLA BARS OR TRAVEL YOGURTS.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Letting your child stay up an extra hour may not seem like a big deal at the time, but the problem arises when your child is tired and uncooperative in the morning. Start the day off right by ensuring your little one (and you) get to bed at a decent hour each night. One of the secrets to a stress-less morning routine is keeping to a bedtime routine.
Incorporate music into the morning routine to keep things fun. Create a playlist of your child’s favorite songs to get them up and moving in the morning. Opt for slower, quieter songs early, and gradually switch over to something more upbeat. Keep it fresh by changing up the playlist every week.
Imagine this: every morning of the week where everyone is rested, happy, and ready to leave on time. Get everyone organized and you’ll see the difference right away. When you start getting ready the night before, you’ll actually look forward to mornings.