The following is the EDITED transcript from my Instagram LIVE: 5 Tips for a peaceful morning routine.
Today, I am bringing you five of my best tips for a peaceful morning routine. I can definitely say that even two years ago, I did not have this morning routine down pat as I do now. It’s evolved over years of not waking up peacefully- of not setting that scene for a great routine in the morning. So keep reading (or watching!) for my 5 best tips for a peaceful morning routine.
Tip #1: Wake Up Peacefully
My first tip for a great morning is to wake up peacefully. When my husband was deployed almost 10 years ago now, I was a stay-at-home mom with three young kids, all under six years old. I didn’t ever need to set my alarm. I woke up when the kids woke me up. But, the way the kids woke me up was either by screaming or with a dirty diaper. 🤣 I never woke up on my own terms. I was always waking up on somebody else’s schedule and I was always stressed. Before I had even opened my eyes, I would be stressed for the day. I realized that I needed to change that!
Now, I make a conscious effort to get up before the kids. I wake up, have my coffee, play a game on my phone, or whatever. It’s my time to wake up, open my eyes, and be present before all the craziness begins. Even if you don’t have kids, try wake up with enough time to set yourself right for the day. Don’t set your alarm at the absolute last minute. Wake up at least 30 minutes before you absolutely have to in order to establish a peaceful morning routine.
Tip # 2: Get in some exercise
My second tip for a peaceful morning routine would be to get some exercise. This has really helped me with lowering my own stress and anxiety. It’s one huge tick-mark in my running to-do list. If I wait and push that workout until the end of the day, it won’t happen. There are many other things that will come up and become the priority. Try to get that workout in, even if it’s yoga or stretching- something to get the blood flowing. It doesn’t have to be a massive workout or a one-hour run. Try to get some sort of exercise in the morning and see if it helps improve your morning routine. If you want to know more about the programming that I mention in the video check out streetparking.com. They’re awesome! 😎
Tip #3: Make Your Bed
My third for a peaceful morning routine is to ALWAYS make your bed! There is something so calming about a made bed. When you come into your room at the end of the night and the bed’s made, it doesn’t feel like another place of stress. Even if you don’t do anything else, make your bed and have that one area that is nice, put together, and calm, especially when you are going to bed.
Tip #4: 15-minute morning clean up
My next tip for a peaceful morning routine, is to do a 15-minute spin around the house. This isn’t cleaning, cleaning. This is not scouring the kitchen floor. This is not cleaning toilets. For me, I do my 15 minute spin, and I get the house, what I call, “Roomba ready”. I get everything off the floor and I set the house. I know this may be a little bit harder if you’re working outside the house or if you have little ones at home. But, try to work it into your routine. That way, when you return from your day, you walk into a place of calm and not an immediate list of to-dos. Pick up everything that’s on the floors or surfaces, set the Roomba, and you’re ready to go.
Tip #5: Set the Scene the Night Before
My last tip for a peaceful morning routine is not really part of the morning routine. My best morning tip is to set the scene the night before. When you wake up in the morning, and you come down to a clean kitchen, it’s setting the scene to wake up peacefully. You don’t immediately walk in and have 16 to-do items because the dishes are in the sink and the counter’s not clean. Take the time to do as many things the night before so your morning can run smoothly.
I hope that these tips help you establish a peaceful and calm morning routine. Let me know in the comments what you would add to the list and which ones you are going to try! For more time management tips check out my posts about my Sunday Planning, 7 tips to get organized and reduce stress, and 5 tips for getting things done.
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I have the pleasure of waking up peacefully much more now than I did when I was tired with little ones.
One thing I have noticed is that I seem to wake up on my own at some point. If I get up at that point, I feel pretty good, even if it is early. In contrast, when I go back to sleep to try and get an extra 20 or 30 minutes, I often wake up in the middle of a dream or deeper sleep and have a harder time getting going.
I definitely do as much as I can the night before. I set up my coffee, set out breakfast things, prep my invoices, pack the dry parts of my lunch, set my clothes out, etc. I even do this on the weekends to a certain extent because if I don’t, I feel like I have extra work on weekend mornings.
Setting the scene the night before is definitely key to waking up peacefully! I try my best to make sure all our dishes are done before going to bed. Waking up to a sink full of dishes, silverware, and pans is not my idea of peaceful! Great tips for easing into the morning!
I have never been a morning person. I can accomplish more in the four hours from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. than in a traditional eight-hour work day. But no matter what time of day your “morning” hits, you need a morning routine. (Mine involves pre-setting EVERYTHING non-essential the night before so that my mornings are limited to eating and grooming; I can’t imagine how people with kids do it.) Your tips offer gentle solutions. Great advice!
Thank you so much for these tips! They’re really helpful!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read it! Let me know which ones you were able to try.
I do all of these except for the 15-minute cleanup – and that’s because my husband and I are such neat freaks that it’s rare that anything needs to be put away. 😀
I love my morning routines. I set my alarm for 5:30 but I am almost always rolling out of bed by 5:00. My husband stays in bed until 7:00 so I slip out to the kitchen, make the coffee, go outside and pick up the newspaper and enjoy the silence of the house (except for my bubbling fountain) while sipping coffee, reading the paper and doing the puzzles. This grounds me for the day. At 7:00 I take my husband his medicine and cuddle and chat for a few minutes before the busyness of the day kicks in.
Morning routines are so important! If I miss mine I feel “off” for the day. I love the silence in the morning. Definitely grounding. Thank you for reading, Jonda!