I know what you’re thinking – you don’t get enough sleep as it is. Wake up BEFORE you actually HAVE to?! No thanks.
Mama, I FEEL YOU.
I know that as a mama sleep isn’t something we have the luxury of enjoying all too often. We are needed constantly. The kids go to bed and it’s time to prepare for the next day. Toys are wedged in couch cushions. There’s something mysteriously sticky on the coffee table. Bibs need to be washed. Maybe we should actually run the vacuum. Then, we finally get in bed and low and behold…Someone is teething. Someone needs to be fed. The dog starts barking at a car going by. Your husband is snoring (so help him, God). It’s HARD. I am with you girl and it is no joke. A dear friend once described her children as sleep terrorists and I can’t think of a better way to describe those early months (or not so early months if your a mama with a minion who refuses to sleep – feelin’ you ma!) with a baby.
So how in the world are we supposed to get up before the rest of our household wakes up for the day? Why should we make this sacrifice?
Because we NEED it. I know I do, and I bet you do too. In fact, I know it.
All the reasons above are EXACTLY why.
When did you take time for YOU? When did you purposefully cut out some time in your day to fill YOUR cup? Do something that rejuvenates you? Gives you joy?
What I am going to share with you has genuinely CHANGED my outlook on each and every day. When I put aside my excuses and get my sleepy mama booty out of that bed in the morning bright and early, I am so much better for it.
I used to think that those early morning workout people, or the ones being all Holy and waking up super early to hang out with Jesus were the crazy ones. The overachievers. Turns out, they’re the successful, joyful, fulfilled ones. Maybe a little crazy. But they’re better for it – and you will be too!
I can just about guarantee you that there is not ONE successful woman out there who doesn’t have a clear cut morning routine. Mel Robbins, Rachel Hollis, Oprah – all these wildly successful women are purposeful in how they start their day. Maybe you don’t want to be a famous business woman, but I bet you DO want to be a better mama, woman of God, wife, and mother. I know I do.
Here’s the secret to waking up earlier in the morning: IT STARTS WITH THE NIGHT BEFORE!
Yes, you can set your alarm for 5:00am with amazing intentions, but chances are, if you didn’t take steps prior to ensure that you will get that booty up, your bed will feel way too good to pry yourself out of when that alarm starts ringing.
So what can you do the night before?
- Lay out your work clothes and children’s clothes for the day ahead. Head to toe – hair accessories, shirt, pants, socks, shoes, jacket, etc. Lay it ALL out so there is no (okay, less) scrambling in the morning. If your child is in day care and needs additional items (bottles, formula, change of clothes, diapers, pull ups. etc.) put that out and by the door so it’s ready as well.
- For those who plan to use this new found morning time to exercise: Lay out your workout clothes. For these early workouts, lay out the extra cute activewear. The ones your butt looks great in. The hot pink top that’s your go-to. Make sure you put out the ones that will motivate you! I also even go so far as putting my preworkout tub in the bathroom so that as soon as I wake up in the morning I can mix it up and chug! Working out from home makes the early morning workout that much easier. 20-45 minutes and you’re done! Check out Beachbody On Demand to get your hands on an arsenal of at-home workouts you can do whenever works for your schedule! Another tip for morning at home workouts is putting out your equipment ahead of time as well. Any weights, mats, or bands you need can be laid out and ready to go! I’ve been doing home workouts for 4 years now and it’s finally made early morning workouts an option for me.
- If you will be using your early morning time to commit to time with Jesus through a devotional, journaling, or reading professional development; lay out whatever you need on the table wherever you intend to spend your time. I’m currently reading “Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Mom to Meet With Jesus” and I adore it. It’s short, includes scripture, and even has a few questions that allow you to reflect and take action. Whatever it is that you need for that quiet, sacred time, get it ready. Maybe it even means putting out your favorite coffee mug with the cute quote to motivate you (what is it about great coffee mugs that just make the day so much more doable?!).
- Have your meals planned, prepped, and ready. Think ahead and plan out what the next day will look like. Then, make sure you have your meals and snacks prepared and ready to go. For me, this means having my Shakeology packet out on the counter next to the blender, making sure my veggies and yogurt ranch are portioned and baggied in the fridge, and setting out my protein bar and snack bar. In addition, I snag the pre-made lunch I prepped for my toddler over the weekend. Lastly, I check my calendar to see what I had planned for dinner. If something needs to be taken out of the refrigerator to thaw, I do so in the morning as well. These steps help you drastically with your nutrition goals! It takes the temptation of stopping at Wawa or hitting up the fast food join on your way into work because you have already prepared your healthy foods ahead of time.
If you’re like me, you want to see it in action. Below you will see an example of a typical morning for me:
4:45am – wake up, use the bathroom, drink preworkout, get dressed
5:00am – workout
5:45am – done workout, make Shakeology, put in fridge
6:00am – shower, get ready
6:30am – get girls ready
6:55am – make coffee, pack up, leave
I won’t tell you that my mornings are flawless. I have a toddler and a baby, so flawless just isn’t exactly in our wheelhouse at the moment. However, waking up early and being intentional about how I start the day has truly changed my mindset and how I approach my day. I feel better equipped to take on the challenges the day will present me with as well as armed with either endorphins or the Word, or if time allows – BOTH!
I promise you that you really can do this, too. And when you do, you will feel like a new woman!
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