The mornings around here are just about chaos. It is chaos in a good way, but man is it hectic. I learned long ago that my attitude sets the tone for the day. And if I’m grumpy, then it rubs off on my husband and kids and we ALL suffer. In the past the chaos of the morning wasn’t controlled. I don’t mind if there is crazy swirling all around me, but there needs to be a bit of order around it. This post about morning hacks for overwhelmed moms is brought to you by Stonyfield.
This morning as the kids were running circles around me and my husband was packing his lunch, it dawned on me that while our mornings are hectic, they are not overwhelming to me. On top of that, we all leave the house in the morning alive and no one feels like their needs haven’t been met. As a mom who is constantly meeting the needs of others all the live long day, this is a big deal. Even my needs are being met!
Here’s what’s working for us!
10 Morning Hacks For Overwhelmed Moms
- Go to bed at a reasonable hour. Seriously. This is my top tip. If you want to start your day off right, start it by going to bed and getting restful sleep.
- Set your coffee maker to automatically brew 30 minutes before you wake up in the morning. If you are a tea drinker, get everything ready except for the kettle.
- Simplify your morning routine. What has to happen and what can wait? For me, I HAVE to get up before the kids do so I have time to collect my thoughts and drink coffee. Not everyone does though. Whatever your current morning routine is, think about what you can pair back or shift to later on in the day. When I was a kid, my mom showered and dried her hair at night.
- Limit breakfast options for everyone. We’ve got the following choices at our house: oatmeal (my husband’s favorite and it’s only an option if he’s making it), cereal (I only buy ONE box at a time so there’s no indecision), yogurt, or green breakfast smoothies.
- Limit screens and use them as a motivator (this includes me!). Often times, I am up at 4:30 am to write and work before my kids are up. But once they’re up, my computer gets turned off and my phone goes out of site. My kids love to watch a show before we have to head out for the morning, but they both know that the only way the TV can come on is if they’re both dressed to the shoes, have had breakfast, have teeth brushed and have combed hair. My six year old is great at getting all of this done and because he wants to watch his show, he’s great at motivating his little sister into action…. they both have to be ready!
- Think about dinner and how it relates to your day. If you plan to take to the kids to the park after school, have kid’s that have to attend practice or a game, or have a tight turn around for music lessons, throw something in the slow cooker. My favorite slow cooker hack is a jar of salsa and a package of chicken breasts. Let it simmer together all day and when you come home, you’ll have flavorful chicken for that can be used as the base for a quick stir fry, as taco filling, or as protein on top of salad.
- Take 10 minutes and recycle or throw away 10 things. My favorite way to do this is to pick a surface and de-clutter it.
- Get dressed in pants that button and to the shoes, even if you’re not planning to leave the house. This will change your mindset for the entire day, I promise.
- If you don’t sit down to eat breakfast with the kids, utilize that time together in the morning by cleaning the kitchen while they eat.
- Whatever happens, don’t let it determine how the rest of your day goes. Got off to a rough start? That’s alright. Shake it off, put on some dance music and move forward!
My favorite breakfast hack lately has been Stonyfield’s new Whole Milk Greek Yogurt with honey. The ingredients are simple and the protein is insane at 12 grams.
This Whole Milk Greek Yogurt is a new offering from Stonyfield, who had been hearing for a long time from their customers that they wanted whole milk Greek!
What is your favorite morning hack?
I love the throw away 10 things!
Great ideas! We’ve been limiting the breakfast options by having set breakfasts on each day of the week and it’s been GREAT! I do LOVE the ‘throw 10 things away’ idea, too. Thanks for the article!