21 Apr The best morning routine for working mums
Every morning decides the vibe for the rest of your day. Sometimes things happen that are out of our control but, ideally, by adopting a morning routine you can make your day more productive, energetic and, of course, happier. For working mums, a good routine will help you turn any situation in the day to your advantage. Whilst not all mums are morning people, with a bit of organisation, anyone can do it!
To snooze or not to snooze; that is the question
Without a doubt, this is everyone’s problem, whether you are a work from home or a full time working mum. However, if you wake up early it will have a big impact on your day. Deciding when the perfect time to wake up is obviously depends on your current activities and responsibilities. As a working mum, this can be challenging, as your children can often become your alarm clock, despite your best efforts to train them otherwise!
But if you’re one of those mums who think that waking up early begins in the morning, think again. Here are some tips to set yourself up for success the night before:
- Avoid using technology before your sleep time
- Prepare for the next day: What are your top priorities for tomorrow? What clothes will you wear? What meals can you plan/prepare ahead for the next day?
- Evaluate your day and picture your ideal morning
- Avoid eating big meals late in the evening; instead have a small snack
- Drink one glass of water: since you are about to sleep for 6-8 hours straight, your body will need a lot of hydration.
Working mums need to wake up before your children
This is highly recommended for working mums. Waking up before your children gives you time to take care of yourself in the morning and is well worth the investment. Whether you choose to exercise or read, brew yourself the perfect cup of coffee or water the plants – invest that time just for yourself!
Set some Ground rules
Set up a routine for your children as well as yourself, so that everyone knows what to do, and the time-frame in which to do it. Here are some ideas:
- No screens – TV, games and iPads are a huge distraction for children in the morning and for you too. Make it a rule – no screens in the morning!
- Pre-prepare as much as you can – Make it a rule with your children to put everything in one place or room when they get home from school, so that you don’t spend the next morning searching the house for your son’s rugby kit or your daughter’s ballet shoes.
What do working mums eat for breakfast?
For most working mums, it’s easy to skip breakfast and that’s not a very healthy habit. Instead of falling into the trap of fasting all day and binging at night, eat regular meals throughout the day, starting with a healthy and delicious breakfast.
Here are some breakfast ideas:
- One Serving of WholeGrain Cereal: just enough to not leave you bloated. Eat with skimmed milk.
- Toasted Waffles: waffles are often not very filling and satisfying when eaten just with syrup, so try them with peanut butter (or an alternative such as almond butter) or topped with fruit preserves.
- Scrambled Eggs: Make your eggs with 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites to lighten the meal and add a pinch of cheese for flavour. Stir in some milk to make them extra fluffy.
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