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Have you ever had one of those mornings?
You know, a morning you wish you could have a “do over” on?
A morning that sets the stage for the quintessential bad day?
Maybe the baby had a last minute blowout, your second grader suddenly remembered he needs to bring treats for his class that day, your husband needs your help with a work-related computer issue, or you find a stain on the skirt you’d planned on wearing.
Let’s face it—we’ve all been there!
While we’re bound to have rough mornings from time to time, there are some simple steps you can take to significantly reduce their occurrence!
How Not To Have a Bad Day:
Do what you can the night before, to lessen the load in the morning. I wrote about packing a smart purse here. If you can, bathe the evening before, set out and iron your clothes for the day, choose your accessories so you don’t have to stumble around in the dark trying to find them, and pack your lunch.
Start your day with two feet on the floor—literally!
That right! When your alarm goes off, sit up in bed with your feet on the floor and take just a moment to breath in while you get your bearings. Say a prayer of thanks for a fresh start and think grateful thoughts. This is a new day and a new opportunity!
Have a routine!
Establish a morning bathroom and dressing routine that runs like clockwork. If you have to think too much, you’re bound to overlook a step. Also…I highly recommend working coffee in at this point!
Don’t stress your kids out!
Kids have enough to deal with at school without having to worry about being hungry because there’s no time for breakfast, or running late and getting a tardy at school. Wake up your kids for school (or check on them to be sure they got up with their alarm) in plenty of time for them to take care of their morning responsibilities without feeling like they’re in a pressure cooker. If they’re old enough, they can get themselves ready on their own, but make sure to give them enough time to go through their routine. Remember, they’re learning to be independent, and their confidence will grow (and you will have less to do!) the more they realize they can take care of themselves. But feeling rushed interferes with this learning process. Set them up for success!
Center yourself spiritually!
Once you are a bit more settled, listen to an inspirational radio station, and podcast, or audible book while you drive to work or start your work at home. Before you begin working, take a few minutes to read the Bible or a devotional. This will set the stage for whatever comes your way during the rest of the day!
The more you practice these 5 steps for having a smoother morning, the more natural they’ll become!
Remember, whether you want the responsibility or not, the mother usually sets the tone for her family. Strive to add some hygge into your home! (Not sure what this is? Click here to learn about hygge!)
Go out of your way to make your mornings create a desire in your kids (and husband!) to want to run back to their home base at the end of the day.
Make it your goal to start your day on a positive note!
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22, 23
Gracia y paz,