And I need to give myself a pat on the back for pulling off the double school drop-off without Cassidy there today. We’re still learning our way. I’m still rushing through the preschool drop-off, to make sure I’m on time for the elementary school drop-off. Yesterday, Des ate his entire lunch, so of course now I’m overconfident and overpacking his lunch, and you just know I’ll open it up today to find it untouched! Yesterday, Scarlet had music class, reunited with old friends, and made new ones too.
And now let’s keep it going with myself. It’s easy to get things right two days in a row, especially when your husband is there for every step of the way for the first day morning. What I have to do is keep this going, indefinitely. We all know I’m not considered awake until at least after 9:00am, but that’s only ten minutes after Scarlet’s school drop-off. So close, yet so far. I have never actually done early mornings well without a little boost. (no, not caffeine – steps listed below)
How To Be a Morning Person, in Five Steps or Less:
1. Sleep. I think you’re supposed to go to bed early and get up early? And no screens before bed? Yeah, those things. I can’t say I comply but I do believe that getting up around the same time every morning really helps the morning routine.
2. Find the humor in the situation. Mornings can be hard! We all know this. Add in winter boots or rain, and I nearly crawl back into bed. Yet, when we can all giggle about the kitten waiting behind a couch and then stealing Des’ toys, that’s a start. And since lunch-making is hard for me, if I can at least joke about filling Scarlet’s lunchbox with only candy corn, or with only one giant cucumber, well at least I made myself laugh! I make myself laugh a lot, actually.
3. Fake it. A friend of a friend once said that I always look well put together in the mornings. I had to laugh because the lovely woman who said that saw me on a day with humid hair, and I do believe I was wearing pants that were too short. Yet it only takes 30 seconds to put on a cute hat to cover the hair, cute boots to cover the (may or may not be) pajamas pants, and a cute coat. If you don’t feel the part, you can look the part. I know that sounds silly but apparently it works for me?
4. Exercise with music. Or at least exercise. It breathes the life right into you. And if you can’t exercise, at least use music! In fact, I’m listening to Flo Rida right now and the song is called “Good Feeling” and it’s giving me one.
5. Breakfast, obviously. I put this last because it’s perhaps the most important one and I want you to remember it.
Sleep can be hard, especially with kids, pets, and nerves. Exercise can be hard for the same reasons. Humor can be hard. Faking it until you make it can be hard. Breakfast doesn’t have to be hard. It’s a conscious choice you make every day.
My favorite is often eggs and cereal. I’m on a kick right now with all of the Post Great Grains varieties – Cranberry Almond Crunch (shown) and Raisin, Dates, & Pecans. Also, you can download a coupon here and try Great Grains for yourself!