Life is crazy! Mom life is NOT always easy. Here are three steps to help get grounded first thing in this healthy morning ritual.
Before you get out of bed tomorrow morning, take these three really simple that steps that you can create a healthy morning ritual to help get your day started on the right foot.
Do you wake up a few minutes before the alarm goes off every morning? I do. Always. And I love to sleep so, so much. But once I wake up, I know there’s no turning back.
So, let’s talk about how you can create a healthy morning ritual to help set your intention for the day.
Morning Ritual 1: Set Your Intention for the Day
First of all, once you wake up – don’t touch your phone or tablet. I know it’s there and it’s so tempting to grab it and see what’s going on in the world outside of your comfy duvet.
Use this time to close your eyes, meditate or pray if you are a praying person. Just don’t get out of bed yet! Don’t let the world in just yet. The world has you for the rest of the day take a few minutes just for yourself.
Here are the steps I take in my morning ritual to help create a healthy mindset for myself –
Start Your Day with Gratitude
Every morning, start your day thinking of at least 3 things you are grateful for. You aren’t allowed to use the same 3 things every day! Stretch your mind. Yes, it can be your family, your job, your spouse, or even something as simple as a fun memory from the previous day. Let’s work on finding gratitude and graciousness from the small things in life.
Teach your kids to do this as well! It may be easier to do this at bedtime, but in my experience, bedtime is for prayers, reading books, 300 glasses of water, songs, and every stall tactic known to man.
Mornings are a good time for some cuddles and to discuss gratitude. I don’t know about you, but my kids just expect so many things and I try to explain to them how amazing their life is. Let’s get grounded and think about how much we have to be thankful for.
Who knows, this may help your kids create a healthy morning ritual for years to come!
So many days, it seems like I wake up, get moving, just do things on my to-do list, rush to school, rush to work. Create a mindset for the day that will help you choose to be happy. Choose to be grateful and make someone else’s day today. Choose to find the humor in the day because life is not always easy!
You have no idea what is going to happen throughout the day – could be good, could be bad. But when you create your mindset for the day and choose to be happy and grateful, you can reflect on those feeling throughout the day.
So, when your boss says something mean or your husband says something that HE thought would be funny, hopefully, you’ll be able to take it in stride.
Choose the bright side. Your morning ritual could create a positive effect that will help you throughout the day.
Take a note from Stephen Covey’s, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” In the book, Stephen Covey says to wake up every day saying, “This is the Day that The Lord Has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
If you are a religious person or even if you’re not – consider trying this! Why not? Reflect on the fact that you are alive, you are here on this earth for a reason and you get to spend another day on this beautiful earth. You have another day with your family and another day to work towards your goals.
Those are some things you can add to your gratitude list! Another habit the author mentions is, to begin with the end in mind.
Begin with the End in Mind.
What do you hope to accomplish today? I know, as a Mom, your day will be crazy. Go through your mental to-do list and plan your day. For example, you know its bath night (my kids are little so this is a painful night for me), you know your daughter has dance and your son has soccer. Figure out in your head what time dinner should be, things like that.
Begin with the end in mind and work backward from there. Hopefully, this will help map your day out and you won’t forget anything. You know you have to call the dentist or run this errand, you can mentally run through all the goals you want to accomplish for the day.
Those are the ways you can set your intention for the day.
Morning Ritual 2: Get Moving!
Now that you’ve set your intention for the day, get moving! Go to the gym, take a walk around the neighborhood, or do a 15 minute Yoga routine that you found on YouTube (that’s my personal preference). Or just stretch. Get those bones stretched out and get that body moving.
If your kids wake up during this time as mind often do, I like to switch my routine and do a cosmic kids yoga with them. It’s silly and fun – the kids will love it. They’ll have a healthy morning ritual doing yoga that they could actually enjoy!
Morning Ritual 3: Plan Your Meals for the Day
I say plan them, but hopefully you’ve already planned them and now just have to execute. Every morning, I make two smoothies – one for breakfast and one for my afternoon snack. I will typically do the meal prep for my lunches on Sunday. So, all that is left is cooking dinner for the family.
I know every mom out there is so busy. Drinking smoothies twice a day has helped my time management so much. I’m a weird person that can eat the same thing every day. I basically use the same recipe for my protein smoothie every morning.
My breakfast smoothie has 20 gram of vegan protein in it – and smart coffee. This helps keep me full until lunch time and gives me all the nutrients I need. Here are more recipes for healthy breakfast protein smoothies and more.
I like to have a warm meal for lunch – typically veggies, rice, and lean protein. Check out all these amazing recipes – so many options! Be sure to pin so you can refer to it in the future.
I typically get VERY hungry around 3 PM, so that’s when I have afternoon smoothie. With this vegan protein smoothie mix, it smells and tastes like brownie mix, so my chocolate cravings are set. Even when what I really want is a Snickers bar.
So, now you’ve created your mom mindset for the day, which is an amazing way to start the day. You got moving, even it’s just a 5-minute stretch. Your meals are planned and ready to go as well!
Take a deep breath, get those kids ready and get out the door. You are an awesome mom!