Read on to find out about my usual morning routine, and how I’m able to stick to it!
I have been so happy today, and you know why? The older kids went back to school after two weeks off for Easter! *happy dance* Don’t get me wrong – I love spending time with them and doing fun things, but there’s no structure to our days in the holidays, and my children crave it. Going back to normal means we can all get back into a lovely routine, which really helps my state of mind and enables me to stay organised.
Funnily enough, being on maternity leave has really helped me stick to a routine. Generally because, if I didn’t, I’d no doubt be in bed with Winston a lot of the time. So I absolutely embrace routine right now, because it makes me feel so much better in my mind.
After I talk you through my morning routine, I’ll tell you how I stick to it. Some tasks are more important than others, and there are days when I won’t have time to do some of my routine before 8am.
So, how do I use routines in my day-to-day life? Well, I set goals that are easy to achieve, first and foremost! There are a few non-negotiable things I need to get done before certain times throughout the day, but everything else can wait if need be.
A typical morning for me looks like this:
- Get up at 06:00 and take my meds
- Do a spot of yoga or meditation/mindfulness
- Get some fresh air
- Have a cup of tea while checking e-mails
- Check planner and plan the day
- Get dressed, hair & make-up
My aim is to finish the routine by 8am and, actually, I’ve usually done all of that by 07:30, which is when I hope the kids get up one day. At the moment, they wake up earlier, and we’re chatting as I do my make-up. The baby needs feeding whenever she needs feeding, so I’m pretty flexible with my routine at the moment because I’m breastfeeding her.
Make your mornings as easy as you can by setting up the night before. I organise clean school uniforms and school bags in the evenings, so they’re all ready to go when we’re ready the next day.
The children get themselves dressed for school while I change and dress the baby, and then we’re ready to either get out of the door for breakfast club, or go downstairs for breakfast.
Set some ‘non-negotiable’ tasks that must get done in the morning. My non-negotiables to get done before eight in the morning are:
- Get up at 06:00
- There is only one alarm, and it is set for 6 o’clock. No snoozing, no lying in, no excuses. This is one of my most important non-negotiables.
- Take meds
- I wouldn’t function if I didn’t take my antidepressant, and I always take it with a full glass of water to give my body some hydration after a night’s sleep.
- Plan my day
- I use a Happy Planner to organise my days, and checking and planning in the morning is invaluable to me. Doing this staves away the anxiety of not knowing what we’re doing, where we’re going or what we’re having for dinner.
- Get dressed
- It may seem like a no-brainer, but for people who suffer with depression, getting dressed can be very hard sometimes. I need to get dressed to keep myself going, especially on those bad days.
Everything else can be done either after the school run, or forgotten until the next day, if I’m really struggling. Be kind to yourself; it’s not the end of the world if you don’t shower before 8am.
Are you looking to start a morning routine? It’s worth writing down your ideal morning and going from there. I read the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, and it really helped me think about what I wanted to achieve in the mornings before 8am.
Make your routine simple and easy to accomplish, so you don’t get overwhelmed with too many new things at once. It’s also worth considering that new habits generally take about three weeks to become the ‘norm’, so keep at it!
What does your morning routine look like? Do you think I can improve on mine? Leave me a comment and let me know. I would love to hear from you!