Discover 6 Brilliant Ways to Achieve a Peaceful Morning Routine
A morning routine is a time you set aside to plan your day and set the tone for a positive outcome. Most people like to get in a good work out or calming yoga routine before showering, eating a wholesome breakfast, and continuing with their day. Morning yoga practice is essential to this. It's that sacred time when you nurture your body, mind, and spirit. Unbroken daily practice for weeks can infuse your life with focus, skillfulness, vitality, and peace of mind.
This is until you become a mother.
Then, what used to be a sacred time turns into no free time. Getting back on track can seem unattainable even with a sweet baby, let alone a screaming one! There is no way to find 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep or even 8 minutes without distraction to go into your zen mode. While many feel this change, only few can answer. Sometimes, there is no way to return to that luxurious, long hour of zen you enjoyed before becoming a mom. This is when you have to take action: you have to pivot and design a new routine.
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1. Start Your Day Well: Rise Before The Kids Wake Up
This is the only chance mothers have to carve out a block of calm, unspoiled daily clock time. But you’ll have to commit to going to bed earlier than you’d normally like to (this gets much easier after you start doing it). An early morning practice is also incredibly helpful in igniting your day with positive energy, momentum, and with a solid physical foundation on your feet.
Schedule your wake-up time 15 minutes earlier to complete your initial rise and shine routine.
An added benefit is the moment of a quiet that is characteristic of all early mornings, gifting you an environment naturally free of distraction and noise. If you need to, get up very early to avoid other early risers and then go back to bed later. That’s an option, too.
2. Stay Hydrated
We mommas move all day, often losing self-awareness of subtle changes in our physical needs – like thirst. And staying sufficiently hydrated is of utmost importance to live healthily. So, make sure you are hydrated. If you haven’t been able to, here are two sure-fire ways to hydrate yourself adequately:
- Eat more raw foods (in all edible categories), which will increase your levels of hydration naturally without actually drinking regular, pure water.
- Drink pure water regularly throughout the day. Remember, if your tap water is unfiltered or not so pure, avoid reverse osmosis or distilled water. Instead, opt for mineral and natural spring waters.
Meditation has many priceless benefits. It can be the secret weapon every mom can whip out at any time to get into a nonreactive state and to increase patience, compassion, and awareness. A consistent meditation practice also decreases baseline levels of stress hormones. Find a comfortable seat on the floor or a chair and simply be in the moment for 5 minutes or more. Visualization techniques can also help you.
4. Breathe in, Breathe out
Cultivating awareness of how you breathe is the first step in training yourself to breathe optimally. Think about it- we breathe without stopping 24/7/365, so there’s always an immediate opportunity to practice this awareness. Also, breathing is a vital element in yoga asana and meditation practices. So cultivating greater awareness of your breathing has multiple benefits.
Simple awareness of your breath brings a greater flow of the vital life energy (prana) circulating throughout your body. It is also a great way to prep for your exercise and meditation practice. Before starting either, enjoy 10 mindful breaths and feel the difference in your practice.
5. Make Beauty Part of Your Routine
Getting your beauty routine done in the morning and preparing your kids as well tends to take away a lot of time, You should know what items you need and which you can put aside. The ideal beauty routine should take about 5 minutes. Even if you're in a rush, make sure to apply the basics, like a great Moisturizer with SPF and Vitamin C Serum.
6. Normalize Your Diet
Eating sufficient protein and healthy fats (as many omega 3s as omega 6s) while avoiding a sugary, carb-loaded first meal will also help normalize your insulin levels (reduce the crazy energy spikes and crashes) throughout the day. If you don’t suffer from insulin insensitivity and such unstable energy symptoms, then proceed with your regular routine. Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, supplements, medication, and whatever else is essential for your optimal well-being – your diet is working well for you!