Mornings can be one of the most stressful times in the day.
The good ole alarm goes off (and lets be honest, that is the LAST thing you want to hear in the morning).
The minute you turn it off, your day begins.
What do your mornings typically look like? Do they look anything like your "dream" morning? If you are the majority, it probably looks FAR from being your dream morning!
My dream morning would consist of waking up before (or to an alarm), being rested enough knowing that I will not be tired. It would mean getting my breakfast, doing my devotions, listening to the birds outside sing away, and start my day with excitement (not dread).
I will throw in a clause here and say that we do not have children (yet), so I understand that for some, this may be difficult. The thing is, I feel you can make any morning what you want it to be - it may mean getting up earlier and going to bed earlier. It may not be easy to make switches, but it may be possible!
This is what the start of a typical morning looks like for me:
- I tend to wake up before my alarm often (depending on the night before)
- Get up and grab my cereal (I am almost obsessed with eating cereal - I am known for it!)
- Sitting in our recliner, feet kicked up with a blanket over my legs, with my Bible or book in my lap.
- Add blog posts to social media sites.
And so on...
It does take determination to just sit and listen to the morning. I do struggle with that because I am a do-er. Time spent sitting, I tend to see as time wasted, but that is extremely unhealthy and I recognize that! I am continually trying to work on that, but it is hard! It goes against everything in me, but I know it's important.
But to be quite honest, a successful morning for me, begins THE NIGHT BEFORE.
The night before, I spend time making a list of things I need to do, people I need to email back, chores around the house to do. I also pick up the house (if I have the energy). There is something about waking up to a picked up house in the morning. There is something about waking up, knowing what I need to do (before other things come up), in the morning. By doing this, I rarely forget my schedule, items I need to get, or things I need to do.
Organizing my mornings begins the night before. If I get home late, I sometimes do not plan for the next day, and it's a more stressful morning. That is just how I work. I realize I am just one person and I do things differently than maybe you do. Whatever your morning routine may be, what changes do you need to make, in order to make it an enjoyable morning?
What does your morning routine look like?