From sleepless nights to dealing with sibling rivalry, moms face numerous challenges every day. Juggling the responsibilities of parenthood and work commitments puts more pressure on mothers than ever before. If you’re wondering how to get your day off to a good start, we are here to help.
- Take some time out for yourself
In the chaos of getting kids ready for school and trying to prepare for work, it can be difficult to remember to take care of yourself. Set your alarm to wake up ten minutes earlier than usual and start your day off by taking a few moments to relax. Take a few deep breaths, meditate or stretch to get centered.
- Stay healthy
Running around all day, trying to take care of the kids while ensuring that your boss is happy with your performance in the office, can take a toll on your health. Eating a healthy breakfast and drinking water is vital to your emotional and physical wellbeing. Starting the day with a nutritious meal sets you and your family up for success. A healthy breakfast will also help to boost your energy levels so you can deal with whatever the day throws at you. Drinking water in the morning is particularly important as your body can become dehydrated after a night’s sleep.
- Write a to-do-list
With thousands of things to do in a short space of time, it’s easy to forget the important stuff. Take a few moments to write a to-do-list in the morning. Preparing for the day helps to reduce stress levels and ensures that you don’t forget anything essential. If you have a long to-do-list, prioritize the most important activities. If you have large tasks that you need to complete, you can break them down into manageable steps.
- Prepare meals
Pack healthy lunches for your kids and don’t forget to pack a nutritious meal for yourself too. A packed lunch helps you to save money and to stay healthy. You may just be trying to get through the morning but you can save yourself time later by reviewing the food in your cupboards and fridge to check that you have everything that you need for dinner.
- Check your calendar
Don’t forget to check your calendar for any important appointments that are scheduled for that day. From kids sports days to dentists appointments, there are plenty of important events that you won’t want to miss out on. If your children have an event on at school, you’ll also need to check that they have the clothes and equipment that they need. Checking your calendar will ensure that you don’t miss out on classmates birthdays and other important dates.
Not only do mothers need to shower, brush their teeth and dress themselves, they also need to help their children with these tasks. In the whirlwind of getting ready for the day, don’t forget to check that your kids have clean clothes and that they’ve showered or bathed and brushed their teeth. Check that the kids have brushed their hair before you leave for school.
Most mornings can feel very busy with little results to show for it. Starting a load of laundry can help you check something off of your to-do list and help get the day going the right way.
- Tidy up
The morning rush can wreak havoc on your home. Get your kids to help tidy up in the morning. Even if you only set aside a few minutes to clean, starting the day off with an organized house can make a huge difference. Whether it’s the kitchen table or the lounge, select a small area and clean it up with the help of your family.
- Check your children’s school bags
Make sure that your children have everything that they need for school. This includes their homework book and any permission slips and sports kits that they may need. Check that they have raincoats and sweaters if it’s a cold day.
- Bonding time
Whether it’s eating breakfast as a family or starting the day with a fun activity, it helps your whole family to start the day feeling loved. With so little time to spare in the mornings, it could be as simple as telling your children that you love them and giving them a hug. You could ask each family member what they are grateful for or what inspires them. Another option is to discuss a fun after-school activity that everyone can look forward to.