Today’s blog post was another reader request!
I feel like I’m going old school on us, but many of you have asked if I’d share how my mornings are so cozy/relaxing/delightful, so today, I have 25 Keys to a Peaceful Morning 🙂 .
(Disclaimer: I try to have a peaceful morning every single day…some days, I absolutely do…other days, I’m screaming at my four kids, three dogs and one husband…you can’t win them all…)
Last Saturday morning, I got up to open my office door leading into the house and when I turned around, I saw my space. This pretty much sums up my ideal morning. Coffee cup, Bible, slippers, pillows, throws and the door open to the outside. Not all of my mornings are this “on point”, but occasionally, I manage to get it right.
If you’re looking for a few pointers to bring coziness and calm to your mornings, here are my top suggestions for creating a peaceful morning routine.
Incorporate one, incorporate a dozen, either way, these are just simple ideas that I have been doing for years and years to *hopefully* help me (and therefore my family) have a peaceful start to our day.
These are in no particular order (and some have more elaboration while others need none):
#1: Wake up earlier than everyone else. I don’t care if it’s 10 minutes earlier (or my much preferred two hours), but wake up before everyone else. Your house is quiet. No one is up to need/want something from you. It gives me time to handle tasks more quickly and efficiently. It gives me time for myself. It helps me not to be rushed.
#2: Drink coffee (or tea) with a favorite creamer or mug. This is often all the motivation I need to get out of bed.
#3: Don’t look at your phone. I use my phone as my alarm and after I turn it off, I try really hard not to look at it until after my kids are at school. Nothing sucks my time and energy away from more important things early in the morning than my phone.
#4: Limit your news. This is one I started a few years ago, and it’s been so nice for my mental space. I used to wake up and immediately turn on the news. Now, I only listen to the local sports radio station in the mornings. I have their app on my phone and while I lift weights or run, I’ll turn them on. Here’s why: They’re really funny and make me laugh. They’re nonpartisan. They share the local, state, national and global news at least twice an hour. If there are more relevant events happening that morning, they’ll spend time on them, but for the most part, it’s a quick news bite for me about things that matter near my home or abroad. I can read or watch more news should I feel the need later on in the day, but for my morning, I hear the highlights of what I need to know right then.
#5: Set ‘do not disturb’ on your phone. Andrew makes fun of me because he says my phone barely works. I have my apps turned off and my phone on do not disturb the majority of the day to avoid mindless phone scrolling or distractions. My phone does not “come alive” until 9:00 AM.
#6: Go outside. Grab the paper, have coffee on the patio, walk the dog, just stand there. Go outside.
#7: Make your bed.
#8: Empty your dishwasher. Do it early. Start the day off right.
#9: Have breakfast items on hand. Keep whatever you need to feed yourself and your family on hand and ready to eat so that you’re not scrambling in the morning.
#10: Have clothes layed out the night before. My kids all know what they’re wearing the next day before they go to bed, and it’s out in their room. I also select what I’m going to wear the night before too.
#11: Drink water.
#12: Exercise. From yoga to running, taking a walk, lifting weights…I never regret working out in the morning. I often regret not working out in the morning.
#13: Read something. I keep a book next to my chair where I sit each morning. They’re typically those cute little Francophile books I love so much, and I read a page or two before I go workout. It’s just a nice way to read a little more each day.
#14: Do Sudoku or another mental puzzle each morning with breakfast.
#15: Turn on lamps. We hardly ever use overhead lighting, but in the morning especially, we turn on lamps to keep the house cozy and not harsh.
#16: Wear a robe and slippers.
#17: Take a shower and get dressed. I absolutely love showering in the morning to wake me up and “reset” me after sleeping and/or working out. I shower and get dressed (even if that’s just putting on fresh workout clothes because I’m staying home all day) almost every single day. I rarely regret getting ready every day, but often regret not showering and getting ready.
#18: Open your blinds/curtains/shutters to let the morning light in.
#19: Do not turn on the TV. We do not turn our TV on in the morning. This might be my #1 tip 😉 .
#20: Light a candle. I love it when my house smells nice in the morning. Sometimes, the scent of dinner still lingers the next day, so it’s nice to have a fresh/light/pleasant candle to start your day.
#21: Turn on your fireplace. If you have a gas fireplace that can easily switch on and off, switch it on in the mornings.
#22: Play relaxing music. Nothing loud, nothing with lyrics. Relaxing and softly playing.
#23: Go for a walk. Even if you already have exercised, there is nothing better than a little walk to start your day. I love walking my dogs each morning. I love hearing the birds, seeing my neighbors, watching the sun come up, feeling the weather. I love a walk.
#24: Do not make early morning appointments. The dentist, the hair stylist, the mechanic, that coffee date with a friend…keep those appointments later in the day.
#25: Spend Time in God’s Word.
A simple and easy post so many of you have requested this year.
I don’t have all the answers, but I do know what has worked for my family over the years and what has not. The mornings when I try to incorporate as many of these things as possible are always better than mornings when I do not.
If you need some simple little breakfast recipes to go with your peaceful mornings, I have these for you too:
Did you like this post? Would you like to see others that are similar? If so, please comment and share other “lists” I can make for you! Also, if you have a key to keeping your mornings peaceful, please share those too! I would love to read yours. xx