Let’s talk about starting off our day on the right foot while being a mama, or even just a busy human. Starting off the day with our best foot forward is one of the best ways to be more productive, positive, and feeling accomplished. We revisited one of our favorite posts by Jillian Harris for inspiration on morning routines when getting some wink eye last night just wasn’t an option. Here are some of our favorite tips!
Start the morning with a glass of water
A glass of water first thing not only helps to rehydrate your body but it also fuels your brain and helps morning grogginess. When we wake up in the morning, our bodies tend to be dehydrated since we haven’t had water for hopefully the 8 hours we were sleeping. Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning also helps with digestion and refuels our bodies. When our bodies are dehydrated, our bodies don’t break down the carbohydrates and fats we use for energy as quickly, so getting your H20 in ASAP helps to restore our systems.
Sleep with the blinds open
Now, there is some controversy about this. Some people swear by sleeping in pitch black. But, it’s so refreshing to wake up with the sun, and allow the natural light into our bedrooms. Especially now that the weather is nicer and the sun’s up earlier, why not wake up with the sunrise? It’s so much more calming than an alarm clock, and you can slowly wake up to soak in the sunlight. Conversely, when it’s the dead of winter and it’s dark and cold out most days, why not allow as much natural light into your room as the weather Gods will allow? It may be dark, but there is always a benefit to sneaking in as much natural light as possible.
Make your bed
Okay okay, another controversial thing. Do we make our bed to get the day started off on the right foot or do we leave it because hey, we’re just going to mess it up again later. We like to go with the former. Yes, making the bed can be a hassle, especially if you’ve got a partner who’s a restless sleeper or 3 kids joining you. But it sets a positive intention for the day, and gives us a sense of accomplishment in checking off the first task of the day.
You can read the Jillian’s full article here.