During these current times, every day can feel like a marathon for moms. Creating classrooms at home, developing engaging activities for little minds, and keeping the snack cart fully stocked is a full-time job. Just as with any marathon, it’s essential for moms to prepare themselves for the tasks that lay ahead. Although setting the alarm clock 20 minutes earlier might be painful on day one, this is the best way to sneak in a morning routine that is sure to set you up for success.
To make the most of your routine, make sure it includes these three components: a brain dump, some light movement, and a moment of stillness. To start your day, keep a journal by your bedside to write down your intentions. While this initially may look like a to-do list, strive to add items of deeper value. “Taking the chicken out of the freezer” may be a priority, but “have a one-on-one conversation with each child about their goals for this year” will pay off more in the long run.
After your thoughts are organized on paper, introduce light movement into your body. Side bend stretches can help release the spine, followed by rag doll pose to increase blood flow and oxygen to your brain. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, inhale, and reach your arms overhead. Keep your back straight as you hinge forward on the exhale. Let your arms hang towards your toes, or cross and hold onto opposite elbows. To come out of the post, bring your hands to your hips and slowly rise to standing.
To conclude your morning routine, bring clarity to your mind. Not only does meditation relieve stress, it also helps eliminate the constant need to multitask, allowing you to focus on one undertaking before moving onto the next. While there are numerous apps to try (Calm is a favorite!), the five sense mediation can be done sans technology. Find a comfortable seat, then identify five items you can see. Next, notice four things you can feel, followed by three sounds you can hear. Lastly, label two scents you can smell and one thing you can taste. Taking notice of each of your five senses forces you to embrace the moment you are in, instead of always imagining what’s next.
Even a mere 20 minutes can determine the quality of your day ahead. By following this morning routine, you are sure to embrace the moments in this unique time, rather than wishing them away.
“Taking the chicken out of the freezer” may be a priority, but “have a one-on-one conversation with each child about their goals for this year” will pay off more in the long run.