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5 Easy Ideas to Take the Stress Out of Your Morning Routine

5 Easy Ideas to Take the Stress Out of Your Morning Routine

Morning Routines

Morning Routines

5 Easy Ideas to Take the Stress Out of Your Morning Routine

 The internet may never sleep, but I certainly should.  And although I always have good intentions of going to bed at a decent hour, getting a full night’s rest, and waking up refreshed for a new day, this is often a difficult goal to achieve.  Pinterest has stolen hours, if not days, of my life without me even realizing it, the arrival of Summer means the kids have activities that run later into the evening, and sometimes I am so absorbed in reading on the couch that I don’t notice the hours tick away until it is too late.  Way too late.  This generally results in a chaotic morning, which is unpleasant any way you look at it.  With a few changes, however, it is possible to both make it to bed at a decent hour and minimize the morning rush.  The following is a list of the five ways that I have found to be most helpful.  Check them out and see which you feel could help with your schedule.

  • Preparation is Key – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a million times more: preparing ahead of time makes any event run smoother, and mornings are no different.  Anything that can be taken care of the night before, should be.  Pick out clothing and set it aside to avoid searching for clean socks or the partner to your favorite heel.  Set the coffee maker timer, pack your lunch, and gather any items you will be taking with you the next day.  Doing this at night when you’re already awake means you have less tasks in the morning when you are on a deadline to get out that door and start your day.  Involve the kids by creating checklists with colorful pictures to serve as reminders of what they need to do before bed.  Involving the whole family also shows kids that these are life-long skills that are important even when they are adults.
  • Set an Alarm – I’m sure you have an alarm set to help you wake up in the morning, but have you considered setting one for the evening as well?  Often times we go to bed late not because we intend to, but because time slips away without us realizing it.  Try setting an alarm to go off 30 minutes to an hour before you want to be in bed.  Doing so will remind you that it is getting late and you should start thinking about getting yourself ready to end the day.  If you aren’t quite ready to stop what you’re doing when the alarm sounds, choose to snooze it, rather than turning it off to avoid getting absorbed in another task.
  • Choose the Right Alarm – Many of us use our cell phones as alarm clocks because it is a very convenient option.  However, this doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for everyone.  If you have trouble getting up in the mornings, consider trying out different types of alarms.  I used my cell phone for years, but the loud tone always started me awake and set a stressful tone for the rest of my day.  A friend suggested I try a light alarm that gradually lights up the room to wake me up, and I did.  It has worked wonders for me.  I wake up gently and am much happier for it, here is a link to my clock:  http://www.biobrite.com.  It also has the added benefit of allowing me to wake up without disturbing my husband who is on a different schedule and not sensitive to changes in light.  There are also many apps available for those unwilling to fire their phone from its second job as alarm clock.  Progressive alarm apps will wake you up more gently by starting out with a soft tone and gradually becoming louder, and changing the tone of your alarm regularly can sometimes help to wake you up easier because it is an unexpected change.  If your current alarm system isn’t working for you, try out another option.  Consider a radio alarm to wake up to your favorite music station, a light alarm for a sound-free option, or progressive alarms.
  • Check the Weather – This one may seem too simple to even mention, but it’s one of my favorites since moving to Virginia.  Last month alone, we’ve had 90 degree days, rainy days, tornado warning, and overnight frost.  How do we ever know what to expect when walking out the door?  The answer, we don’t.  Check the weather when getting ready the night before so you have time to find an umbrella, jacket, or pair of sunglasses.  These are the little things that searching for can be frustrating as you try to walk out the door in the morning.
  • Fill up your Tank Ahead of Time –  This is another really quick, but really helpful one.  There’s nothing worse than already being a few minutes late than starting up the car and realizing you don’t have enough gas to make it to work.  Try to get in the habit of filling up your tank on your lunch break or on the way home when you’re already out and about.  The same advice goes for commuters who take public transportation.  Check the balance of your Metro card and refill it after your evening commute, rather than in the morning rush hour when making the next train is of the utmost importance.

Happy Organizing!

Stephanie

 

 

 

Cris Sgrott

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