Friday, January 25, 2013

Rise and Shine

Do you ever wake up and are irritable and stressed out from the start?
Yeah? Me too!
It happens, but I have been practicing ways to turn my day around from the start. I have come across a few of these ideas in different articles but most are things that I've noticed stress me out first thing in the morning.

Prepare the night before:

       1.            Program your coffee maker the night  
One thing that I forget to do is to program my coffee maker.  If you have a Keurig, program it to come on so that it is all ready to brew.  I have noticed that I enjoy my day more if I have my coffee ready and waiting for me.  If you don't drink coffee, prepare whatever it is that you like to drink so that it is waiting for you.  Also, make your significant other a cup of coffee or their drink of choice too.  It makes me feel good in the morning to do something little for my husband, but it also starts his day good.

2.           Clean the kitchen.  
I too often decide not to clean the kitchen after the kids are in bed.  
Yes, ideally I should clean it right after dinner, but I can only do that when my husband is home because after dinner is bath and play time for the kids.  By the time I get my oldest son in bed at 8, I have homework to do among other things.  And I just want to relax for a little bit, so I just leave the dishes for the next morning.  Waking up to a clean kitchen is a much better way to start the day.  An extra 20 minutes of work at night can make the morning that much better.

3.           Pick up the toys!  
I don't know about you, but it always looks like a tornado went through the house spewing toys everywhere and it is never fun to step on a sharp toy in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning.  That can definitely start your day out wrong!  It is also nice for the kids to start with a clean slate and play with something different.  Have your kids help before they go to bed too to lessen your load. 

For the Morning  

1.        Wake up early
This is one that I have a really hard time with because I like to sleep and I am not a morning person. Every time that I happen to wake up before the kids, it is really nice.  Even if it is only for 10 minutes because it gives me time to greet the day how I want to without hearing Mommy 15 times before I even take my first sip of coffee!  In this 'spare' time, I like to read something or just sit there in the silence.  Don't do chores or start breakfast unless that is what you want to do.  Spare time is few and far between for me, so if I have 10 minutes to myself first thing in the morning, I am going to enjoy whatever I chose to do.

2.        Eat Something
I know that I get grumpy when I am hungry, and I am normally hungry first thing in the morning.  I try to grab something little to eat with my coffee.  It can be a banana, a muffin, a granola bar, anything to hold you over and keep the grump away.

3.        Greet everybody with a smile and a hug  
I found that my kids and myself are much happier in the morning if they are greeted nice.  Instead of saying "go get dressed, brush your teeth, sit down for breakfast", say "good morning, did you sleep good?" and give them a big hug.  Everybody should start their day out with a smile.

4.        Think positive
My sister told me that thinking positive makes you feel better.  I have been trying it for about a week now and it really does help.  Put a positive thing on anything you think is bad.  For example, if your kids are up half the night, think how lucky you are to be able to be there for them.
5.        Open your blinds
One thing that I have started to do is open my blinds right before bed so that even if it is before my time to wake up, I wake up to natural light which is much better than going blind when the light is turned on!

What do you do to start your day out right?

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