Find Time For Yourself In The Morning (Before Your Kids Wake Up)
Are you woken up every morning by your kids, or have you moved onto the stage where you’re kicking their butts out of bed?
After a dozen years of abrupt early starts, I’ve earned my morning freedom and now officially choose how I begin each day. (Hurrah!)
I used to sleep until my alarm sounded – springing straight into action and getting everyone up and out the door for school. But it makes me a cranky and impatient bitch.
I’m always much better off with a pre-morning ritual. (What I do before I’m officially on duty.)
Last year I set my alarm 15 minutes earlier and stayed in bed to write a daily gratitude entry in my journal. Then I began writing an intention for my day which evolved into writing a ‘how I will feel today?’ entry. It was a positive way to kick start each day and made a real difference to how I was with the kids at breakfast. There was a whole lotta love and connection going on!
Then I got super busy setting up Project Me and decided to spend half an hour tackling emails each morning. It gave me a head start on work each day, but certainly wasn’t great for my personal growth. I begrudged having to stop to get the kids up for school and felt agitated and snappy. Back to being a bitch again.
Last Spring DJ Daddy ordered the Insanity Workout DVDs and convinced me to join him every morning at 6:30am for the 60 Day Challenge! I was foul as I put on my workout gear and trudged downstairs half asleep, but within 10 mins I was wide awake and felt good that my exercise way out of the way and I had a clear day ahead to work. (Plus a fit body as a reward for my hard work!)
My latest morning routine is meditation. I’ve tried this on and off over the years and never quite got to grips with it. I’m always hearing how fantastically beneficial it is, but my monkey mind and aching sitting bones didn’t quite agree.
A friend recommended I take up the Deepak/Oprah 21 Day Meditation Challenge last summer and I decided to give it a go. A 15 minute audio guided meditation was emailed to me each day and I listened on my iPhone, propped up in bed with pillows.
There are differing views over how long it takes to form a new habit, but 21 days is certainly what it took to create my new meditation habit. I ordered a whole library of guided meditations and now have a wonderful pre-morning ritual.
It sure beats jumping straight out of bed and hollering out to my boys to WAKE UP while I rush around like a maniac from the get-go. It sets me up to be the peaceful parent I want to be. (Whew.)
Are you in instant “mommy mode” from the moment you wake up, or do have a pre-morning ritual? How would you ideally like to start each day if it was completely up to you? Let us know in the comments below.
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