September 24, 2012
Rise and Shine - Mom Style
Whether you're a morning person or not, you'd be amazed at how much a difference half an hour can make when it comes to getting your day off on the right foot. What is the number one reason why you should start waking up just a tad bit sooner? Um, hello, "me" time, anyone!?
1. To have enough time to prepare a healthy breakfast
One really powerful reason for moms to start their day earlier is to eat breakfast. Breakfast eaters are less likely to be overweight than non-breakfast eaters. Yes, you can grab breakfast on the go, but we also know that people are more satisfied from meals when they have taken the time to sit down without distractions and pay attention to the food that they're eating.
2. To get in the right mindset for the day
Starting your morning half an hour earlier gives you ample time to set the tone of your nervous system for the day. The simple practice of mindfulness -- no pretzel-positions or mantras required -- helps your brain and neurotransmitters get into an optimal 'set' for the day. In turn, this provides you with better emotional resilience and response flexibility. Even better, in as little as three weeks of mindfulness practice, your brain responds by creating new neural pathways that support healthier relationships with your kids, your spouse and yourself!
3. To enjoy some "me" time
As a mom, starting your day 30 minutes earlier gives you time to check your emails, drink your coffee in peace and even do some meditation or stretching. The benefits really boil down to 'me' time (mom's energy time!), so that I'm better prepared for the day ahead.
4. To get things done around the house
You can do so much with just an extra half hour, especially if your kids are still asleep. Try to put in a load of laundry every morning; it eases the stress of doing an entire day's worth.
5. To squeeze in a workout
I often encourage my clients to wake up earlier so they can spend some time working out. Twenty to thirty minutes of exercise will give you more energy throughout the day and really get your blood pumping, something we know all moms can benefit from.
6. To get yourself ready
Last but not least, you can utilize this time to put on some makeup and do your hair so you don't feel completely disheveled throughout the day. Getting up 30 minutes earlier is a win-win situation for any mom. One of the most important things as a mother/caretaker is to remember to take good care of yourself!
Posted by Lisa at September 24, 2012 6:52 AM
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