You didn’t hear the alarm or some unforeseen circumstance has occurred (i.e.: your youngest has decided not to cooperate ;))?
No problem! You can still get your morning off to a good start, with no stress and a smile on your face.
Prepare a quick breakfast that you can eat on the run: a glass of almond milk along with some Greek yogurt, a couple of spoonfuls of almond butter and some frozen fruits, all mixed together and sealed in a Mason jar, and you’re done! The best part is that the kids will love it just as much as you do! Fill up their straw cups so they can enjoy it in the car.
You woke up quickly and a bit out of sorts? A little music will make you feel better and give you some energy. Create a playlist especially for busy mornings like this. Just press play, and get on with your day. Maybe have the kids help you make a special playlist!
Do you take the bus or subway? Maximize your time on public transit by checking your agenda for the day and making a to-do list. Proper planning helps you save time and get ready for the day. And since we all have an artist deep inside us, why not take advantage of your time to doodle on your smartphone? Some say that doodling allows your unconscious mind to work on the challenges that you are facing, leading to creative solutions. By the time you get to work, you will be ready to tackle anything!
Mornings can also mean having time for yourself. Get up (on the right foot!) and do some stretches so you can start your day off peacefully. Take full advantage of this alone time (finally!) by turning off your alarms and notifications and getting far away from any electronic device that is likely to be a distraction!
Make yourself a nice balanced breakfast by combining creamy yogurt, crunchy granola and big chunks of frozen fruits that you have thawed out in the fridge overnight, or by putting them in the microwave for a few seconds.
Once your body has been fed, why not satisfy your spirit too? Pick up a good book or turn on the news while sipping your favourite hot beverage.
On with your morning with some yoga or a nice jog. Next, pamper yourself by turning your bathroom into a home spa! After your shower, treat yourself to a facial or a home manicure. Use the rest of the time to plan your day: make a to-do list and organize your agenda. Who says those who take their time are less efficient?
Family mornings are wonderful times, but they can quickly turn to chaos! Take advantage of the last few minutes when your children are asleep to prepare yourself: take a refreshing shower, get your stylish and comfortable clothes out, and have a few sublime sips of coffee. Now you are ready to devote your attention to the younger members of your family!
In order to save time in the morning, do the following tasks during the evening:
Why not prepare tomorrow’s breakfast during the evening as well? Pancake mix will keep in the fridge overnight. Combine small frozen fruits with a bit of your favourite jam in a bowl, and put it in the microwave for one minute. Stir and heat it for another minute. Put this homemade syrup on your pancakes to make each mouthful a delectable treat!
Include the kids in the morning routine: using a chart with stickers for each task to be done, like brushing their teeth and getting dressed, helps kids to become more autonomous and to remember what they have to do. For every morning that goes by without a snag, give them a special stamp or sticker, and reward a good week with a celebratory breakfast on Saturday morning!
After all, the success of a family morning routine relies on proper planning and having everyone cooperate!
Energy and enthusiasm: that’s what you will get from a morning routine that is adapted to your lifestyle! Have a great day!
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How the morning begins often sets the tone for the rest of the day. Why not introduce one of these new healthy morning routines? Guaranteed to deliver energy and put your family in a good mood!