Morning Routine

Remember my review of One Bite at a Time, Tsh Oxenreider’s lovely new ebook?

One of the first “Projects” I decided to tackle was this one:

Create a Morning Routine

(It’s Project #3 in the ebook. And I promised to share my progress.)

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Of course, I’ve always had a morning routine but it looked something like this:

  1. Wake up to the lovely sound of my 6 year old and 8 year old daughters playing or fighting (depending on the day).
  2. Try not to feel irritated that they busted into my bedroom and woke the baby.
  3. Drag myself out of bed too late and try to go to the bathroom with a baby on my hip.
  4. Try to figure out how to get dressed and decent looking with the day attacking me already.

Ugh. Not pretty, right?

The thing is, we wake up in the morning depleted.

We’ve been fasting all night, and are likely dehydrated first thing in the morning (especially while nursing a baby!).  It’s important to replenish our reserves before being called upon to do something as important as mothering.

I was justifying sleeping in because for the last few months I’ve felt pretty desperate for sleep. Especially in the second half of my cycle, when, I craved sleep like a starving person craves food.

Despite that, I felt determined to just try getting up before my kids.

In the past I had this routine, and I loved it. A couple of years ago when I was a divorced single mom of 4 little ones who were reliant on my income, getting up and getting an hour’s worth of work done on the computer before they got up was a necessity.

I’m happy to report that I’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks now and loving it. Amazingly, I don’t feel more tired during the day. (I don’t know how to explain this.) I get up at 7 sharp, and have around 30 minutes before the first little person starts stirring.

One Bite at a Time advises that you pick a few things to start your day off on the right note. No work just yet, or mindless computer surfing.

Here’s my morning routine:

  1. Get up, carefully… so as not to wake sleeping husband and offspring
  2. Use bathroom, get dressed. Wash face, moisturize, wet my hair and style a little (this takes all of 30 seconds)
  3. Drink water, make tea or coffee. If I’m feeling hypoglycemic, eat a quick snack. (That depleted thing again.)
  4. Go outside and read my Bible (Proverbs, which I’m trying to memorize so I can quote it to errant children more than I already do.)
  5. Meditate for a few minutes on the verses I read, and think about the upcoming day. Pray about things on my mind and issues my kids and husband are facing.

It’s working out really well and is quite lovely to already be “ready” for my day when the kids wake up!

What does your Morning Routine look like?

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3 Responses to Morning Routine

  1. I need to get a better routine. I’ve been thinking about this too lately. I am SO exhausted the 2nd half of my cycle. I even take naps with Hunter to try to get through the day, but wake up tired. I need to figure this out. Oh and I love the Proverbs reading…we’ve been trying to get the kids to memorize Eph 6:1. So far so good, but they don’t really get it. More training I guess.

  2. Emily says:

    Get out of bed. While oil-pulling prepare xylitol solutions (we swish after eating to prevent cavities – yes, I know some people have issues with it, but oh, well), rinse sprouts growing in jar, drain kefir and start new batch. That all takes about 15 minutes. Then, check e-mail, work for about 1/2 hr on online biz, then if I have seedlings growing under lights for garden, go up and check on them.

    Pray, water garden, exercise, shower, make green smoothies, read Bible while drinking smoothie, do some more online work.

    Wow, I’m tired just reading it! LOL.

  3. Jane says:

    A little time to yourself in the morning really seems to make a difference, doesn’t it. It’s great to have a routine too at a time when one is still half-awake and it’s kind of a comfort. I also find a Bible verse or two helps inspire me for whatever the day may bring. Of course all that can’t beat a good long lie in but when that’s not possible it sure does help!

    Jane at portable am fm.

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