This post is sponsored by Activia but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Since the start of summer, I have had to completely makeover my morning routine. It’s no longer about getting the kids to school and it’s more about getting some work done before we go play! I have had to implement new strategies into my morning in order to be productive and get things done, but also for my own mental health. Moms need a little time to wake up and get their day started just like everyone else, but we usually don’t have that much grace handed to us. Here is what I’m doing to have productive mornings.
How I’ve created productive mornings:
My “morning routine” actually starts the night before. I make a list of things I need to do the next day, set out all of our outfits and make sure we have everything ready to go for the next day. That might mean packing the pool bag, going to the grocery store (after the kids are in bed and Ryan is home) or whatever else needs to be done.
I Send the kids to their rooms when they come in to wake me up (usually between 4a.m. and 5a.m.). I know this sounds strange. My kids wake us up really early in the mornings. Like, before the sun comes up. In order to get good and awake and ready to tackle the day, I need a minute. When they come in my room now, I send them to their room to play for about 5 minutes. I use this time to say a prayer and get up in my own time. This has worked out great! I normally put some books in their rooms so that they can look at them or play with their toys in there. They do great and actually seem to enjoy it. If I don’t do this and get forced out of bed in a rush, I tend to be a little grumpy, so this works better for all of us.
After I get out of bed, I like to fix a cup of coffee and sit down to make a list of things I am grateful for. This helps me focus my mind on positive things at the beginning of the day. It really makes a difference in my whole mindset for the entire day. I also use this as my quiet time and do a devotional or read scriptures.
I have been trying to get healthy again and I have made small changes in my diet, daily routine and fitness routine. My sister’s wedding date (that is quickly approaching) has pushed me to kick it into high gear as far as my overall health. My kids also encourage me to take care of myself, daily. I want to be around for a long time to raise them and watch them grow up. That is my number one motivation. Getting in a quick workout really helps give me energy for the rest of the day and makes me feel good. It also really helps with my anxiety. It is a win/win! Sometimes, it does not get done until the afternoon depending on the type of workout I’m doing that day, but if I’m going for a quick walk or doing a TIU video, I can normally get It done in the mornings. I feel only really feel like I’ve had productive mornings on the days I’ve gotten my workout done. There is just something about getting up and moving that makes me feel good.
After we all wake up and come downstairs, I fix the kid’s breakfast and then I grab myself a little something to eat. If you’ve been around here for a while, you may remember I am not a huge breakfast eater, but it is something I am constantly working on. Normally, I grab a piece of fruit or yogurt. I recently heard about the Activia Challenge and was curious to learn more. I decided to try it out because I was intrigued by the new Activia Dailies Yogurt Drinks! They are a dream for people who are not very hungry in the mornings or struggle to eat breakfast.
I ran to Walmart a couple of weeks ago and purchased the Activia Dailies for the Activia 2 Week Challenge. These are a low-fat yogurt drink option making it super tasty and easy to drink your daily probiotics for improved gut health! I take daily probiotics already, but adding in this challenge of drinking two Activia Dailies every day for two weeks has made me feel less bloated and has eased stomach discomfort after large meals. It has been a real game-changer for me for many reasons. I get a quick and easy breakfast in without making myself sick (trying to force myself to eat when I’m not hungry) while also improving my overall gut health.
I’m curious to know what your productive mornings look like! Tell me in the comments if you do anything differently that I should try!