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My Morning Routine as a Work at Home Mom

Something that I have been working on for a while now since becoming a mom is finding a morning routine that works and feels good. You always hear about how you spend your mornings sets the tone for the day. But do you notice how most people talking about this don’t have kids? Yeah - that’s a whole different ball game. So today I’m going to share with you the morning routine I am establishing, and how it is helping me!

If we are meeting for the first time - Hi! Welcome to Vibrant Mama Wellness! My name is Megan, and I am a pre and postnatal personal trainer. I am certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, with a specialization in pre+postnatal fitness through Pronatal fitness. I am a mom of one, and became interested in pre + postnatal fitness as I was going through my own pregnancy journey!

(Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. This blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition. This blog post is based on my own research and experience - please consult a medical professional before starting or making any changes to your exercise program).

Let me preface this by saying that my son is almost 18 months old. [pause to emphasize that that is a year and a half, okay?!] So if your child is 6 months old, this may not be feasible for you and that is 10000000% normal and okay! Another thing is that my husband works from home as well, so there is no mad dash in the morning to get out of the house. Everyone’s situation is different, and what is working for me may not work for a lot of other people and that’s okay!

My son generally wakes up between 7-7:30am most days, so my goal is to get up before him for some time to myself. Ideally, this would be at 6am, but sometimes I am tired, so that doesn’t always happen. At the bare minimum, I try to get up at least 10-15 minutes before he does.

So let’s go through my *ideal* morning routine. I wake up at 6am. I put a regular old alarm clock in my master bathroom that progressively beeps faster and louder so that it literally forces me out of bed. Because otherwise I hit snooze! So once I’m out of my bed, I make it (my husband and I have been getting up at the same time). Then I jot down how I slept in my self care journal and set an intention for the day. Then I wash my face, change into my clothes for the day (generally lounge clothes) and head downstairs. If our laundry basket is full, I throw in a load of laundry. I also make sure to drink water before coffee. I have been mindful to eat breakfast with my coffee, since coffee on an empty stomach can raise your cortisol levels, and this is something I try to avoid.

Then from there I typically make breakfast, and eat that while sipping my coffee and reading a personal development book. Right now I’m reading You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero which is one of my favorites. After that I typically head to my office to get work done. At this point it is typically 7am, and my husband will get my son up and make him breakfast. This allows me to get a solid hour and a half of work done before my husband has to get himself put together and start his work day. I like getting work done early in the morning because my mind is fresher and I can focus easily. Unless I need to do something for work on my phone, I leave it in my bedroom this entire time. Otherwise it is way too easy for me to get sucked into the scroll!

Then around 8:30/8:45am, I switch off with my husband and go back to mom duties! This is what works for us and our family, and is the reality of me being a work at home mom. I am thankful that I can make my own schedule, but it definitely is tricky, and I have to do a lot of prioritizing. I also work during his naps, once he goes to bed, and on the weekends.

Okay so that was my ideal schedule. But let’s be real - sleepless nights and changes throw this off BIG TIME. So if I can’t have this *ideal* schedule, what are my non-negotiables?

The biggest one is not hitting snooze. If my son is up for an hour during the night, I reset my alarm for a later time. This helps me get more quality sleep before it goes off, and makes me less groggy. Whenever I snooze, I always have a rough morning. The other non-negotiable is not checking my phone for the first hour. This makes SUCH a difference. And I’ll be honest with you - my ideal schedule maybe happens 2-3x a week, and the rest of the week it looks more like this. I might have to throw on a show for my son for a little bit so I can get work done, and we make do.

I really want to normalize that you DON’T need to have an ideal morning routine to set yourself up for a good day. You just need a few simple habits that make you feel good, and put you in a good headspace! And keep in mind, this is going to look different for every single person. I also want to say sleep should always take priority, especially as a new parent. Without sleep, we are compromising our health. So when you think about what you want your morning to look like, also take into account what your evening and a typical night looks like.

Remember - everyone is different, and what works for me might not work for you! Also remember that as your child gets older, things will change. You schedule, your sleep, your routines. So be flexible with it and focus on the small daily habits that give you a little pep in your step :)

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Disclaimer: This blog does not serve as medical advice. Please consult your medical provider before starting a new fitness routine. This blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.

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