Every morning my daughter wants me to play Mandisa's "Good Morning" song. It is such a great song and it helps get our day started off on the right foot. I haven't always been this pleasant in the morning though...
I have never been a morning person. I can remember my mom having to drag me out of bed every morning before school. I could easily stay up all night and sleep all day. When I had kids that were up all night, completely wrecking my sleep, I would sleep in every morning to catch up on my rest (This is definitely something you should do if you have kids up all night).
Anyway... mornings were never my thing. It took me until 10 AM to actually wake up even if I had slept all night. I have always wanted to be a morning person so I decided to do something about it. I hope this encourages you to get up a little earlier to start your day off on the right foot too! Personally, getting up even thirty minutes before my children helps my day run a whole lot smoother. I have time to drink my coffee (very important), workout, (sometimes--I try to do this later in the day) read my Bible + pray, and soak in the quiet and stillness of the morning. I can actually hear the birds chirping outside as I write this and it is a wonderful reminder that God has given me another day to live.
A while back, I decided that for a whole week I was going to get up early and start my day before the kids got up. Keep in mind, my children are both sleeping through the night so I am getting adequate rest. Don't do this to yourself if you're up all night feeding a baby or dealing with a tricky toddler. Get your rest! There will be a season when you can get up early and actually get yourself prepared for the day. I promised myself that I would get up between 6:30 AM-7:00 AM to drink my coffee, read my Bible, and blog. These are three things that give me life and start my day off on the right foot. I do make up my bed when I get up but that is the only chore I complete. I did this for a couple of days and WOW... it made a huge difference in how I felt, how much I accomplished and I realized that I actually enjoy getting up early. The productivity factor in this little experiment really surprised me. Before getting up earlier than my kids,I kept feeling like I was always a step behind. I honestly couldn't keep up with all I had to accomplish each day. As I mentioned earlier, I only make up the bed when I first wake up, but getting up earlier energizes me and helps me get a lot more done during the day. By 8 AM I have already taken care of myself spiritually, physically and mentally. I am better prepared to care for my family when I have cared for myself. Obviously there are some days when I am just really exhausted even if I went to bed early. Whether that be hormones (thanks PMS) or an illness, I give myself grace and realize that one day of sleeping in is fine and does not make me lazy or a bad mom.
Seriously, we have got to STOP with the mom guilt.
You may already be an early riser and stop reading right here. That is totally okay! If you find yourself in the same situation I was in... keep reading!
Here are a few tips to help you become a morning person!
1. Make Yourself Get Up
Sometimes we simply have to make ourselves do something we don't want to do. We have to make ourselves go to work, get out of bed, and clean that dirty refrigerator. This builds discipline and it is good for us to do something when we really don't want to do it the most. A way to help yourself become disciplined in this area is to go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning. In a few days, your body will be used to the change and will adjust to waking and sleeping at the same time.
2. Do Three Things That Give You Life
Choose two or three things to do every morning that give you energy. For me it looks like: Coffee, time in the Bible and conversing with God, and writing. These three tasks give me great joy and start my day off right.
3. Make Up Your Bed
As soon as your eyes open and your feet hit the floor, make up your bed. This ensures that you won't jump back under the warm covers AND you've completed your first task for the day, congrats!
4. Plan Out Your Day
If you don't plan out your day the night before, sit down and figure out all you need to add to your to-do list. This ensures that your day has a rhythm and structure to it.
5. Practice Gratitude
Every morning when you wake up, thank God for all His blessings in your life. You're awake, alive, and breathing. A new day is truly a miracle as His mercies are new every morning. I am certainly not happy to be out of bed, but when I realize how grateful I truly am it turns my attitude around.
6. Have A Morning Routine
I am a work-from-home-stay-at-home mama so my morning routine is for anyone who is also a stay-at-home parent or working from home or both. You may go to an office everyday or workout at the gym in the morning before school. Adjust your routine accordingly. Here is my morning routine:
6:00-7:00 AM: Wake-up. Hit snooze on my alarm once or twice and get up to start my day + make up my bed
7:00-8:00 AM: Coffee + Quiet Time + Writing (if kids don't wake up before 8AM)
8:00-9:00 AM: Kids wake-up + writing/blogging time + breakfast
9:00-10:00 AM: Get kids dressed + changed + occupied with an activity
10:00-11:00 AM: Chores around the house + play with the kids + preschool lessons with Emmeline
11:00AM-12:00 AM: Lunch time + make another pot of coffee + prep for dinner
That is typically what my morning looks like. We have errands to run a lot of mornings so I do add those in around 10 AM which is basically the hour before everyone breaks down!
Now that you know what our mornings look like around the Burchette household I want to challenge you to make yourself into a morning person! For one whole week I want you to get up earlier than your normally do and do three things that give you life. Even if you just need to get up to get caffeinated before the kids wake up; do it! I won't judge at all!
I can't wait to see how it goes, friend! Make sure to tag me on social media if you follow along with this challenge!