Imagine that you’ve had a long day at work, you’re tired, you’re feet are super sore and all you want to do is sit down and relax with your most current Netflix binge. So you do. Bliss…
Until the following morning when you are frantically deciding what to wear, eat breakfast (hopefully), find your papers for work, your house keys, your handbag, and you might even have other humans in your home that your are in charge of getting out of the house on time, which adds to the chaos and stress.
Not the best way to start your day so here are 5 things that you can do to make your mornings calm and free from stress.
1) Map out your morning.
I know this sounds a bit mad but stick with me, and I’ll explain what I mean. You know all of the 1000 things you do every, single morning before you try and get out the door on time. How many of those things do you actually NEED to do so that you can leave your house? There’s a difference between the ‘must-do’s’ and the ‘I’ll just do this do’s’ that allows time to slip away, and before you know it, you’re racing out the door. So whether you write it down or make a mental note of it, map out the steps you HAVE to take to leave the house on time each morning. Shower, coffee, get dressed, tidy kitchen, do dishes-whatever needs to be done so that you’re not rushing. Again.
2) Check the weather for the next day.
How could this possibly help make your mornings calmer? Well, let me tell you. Checking the weather before going to bed in the evening, gives you an idea of what clothing including jackets and shoes, will be suitable for the next day. If there’s a chance of snow, it’s probably best to avoid the outfit that goes great with your favourite heels. Then, all you need to do is choose an outfit that’s suitable for the weather, and set it out for the morning. Plus, you have the added bonus of knowing whether to have your umbrella or sunglasses ready (or maybe both, as is often the case).
3) Do ALL the dish things.
Wash the dishes, dry the dishes, put the dishes away. I know, I know. This is the absolute last thing you want to do when you’ve had a full-on day but trust me when I say, it will pay off hugely for you the next day. Having a clear space to start the day means that you can get straight into the things on your ‘must-do’ list, saving you time and getting you out the door without all the rushing.
4) Take 5.
At some point in your evening, take just 5 minutes to check your schedule and any other relevant schedules of family members, if applicable, to see what you are facing for the next day. Is there something extra that needs to go to school tomorrow? Perhaps you have back-to-back meetings so you will need to bring a few snacks to keep you going until there’s a break in your day. Taking just 5 minutes to mentally plan for the next day is proactive, and prevents all of the stress that comes when we are reacting to last minute things.
5) Make a list of the non-negotiables, and find one a home for each one.
What this means is to decide the items that you have to take with you every day in order for you to feel and BE in control. For me, this would be: phone, purse (wallet), keys, lip balm, hand cream, tissues, water bottle and hand gel. Having these things with me makes me feel like I can tackle any day. Some days I might need other things as well but these are my staples, my non-negotiables. Each of these items has a specific home in my house so that I know where to find them every single time. It’s about making life easier so that you know what you need and where to find it.
There you have it-5 tips for a stress-free morning. Life has a habit of throwing unexpected things our way all of the time so by just taking these few steps, you will be much more prepared to handle anything with a bit more calm.