Looking for a morning routine at home that’s easy to create, simple to maintain, and can get you from asleep to fully awake in just a few steps? Get your mornings off to the right start with these awesome ideas.
Whether you’re trying to create better habits or looking for routines for moms that actually work, these tips can help you build your ideal morning routine so you actually look forward to waking up.
3 Steps to Create the Perfect Morning Routine for Your Lifestyle
1. Figure out your goals and priorities
What do you want to accomplish in the morning? If you’re not in a rush, feel free to customize your morning routine to fit your personal needs.
You can also create several morning routine options to suit your time constraints and personal goals.
For example, if you’re sleep deprived, sleep in and start your day a little later than usual. If you’re behind in work, get up earlier and choose one task to focus on before the rest of the world is awake. If you set a resolution to create a healthier lifestyle, spend some time exercising and working on your personal goals.
2. Categorize your tasks into morning and evening routines based on how important they are to your well-being and success in life. Make sure you include things that make you happy as part of the morning routine!
A solid morning routine actually starts the night before. If you’ve been struggling to create a morning routine that works for your busy mom life, I highly recommend the Make Over Your Mornings course.
3. Identify which tasks you can delegate, automate, or do at a different time so that you can spend more time on doing things that matter most.
Top Morning Routine List of Activities
Depending on your goals, your morning routine may look different than the sample below.
However, these are the most common, helpful activities to include in your morning routine at home. Note that the sample expected time is for an “efficient routine.” Feel free to spend more time on each task if you’re not in a rush.
Sample Morning Routine
- Drink a glass of water
- Meditate/stretch/do yoga for 5-10 minutes
- Exercise (cardio or strength training) for 20 minutes
- Shower for 10-15 minutes
- Get dressed for 10 minutes
- Spend 5-10 minutes grooming yourself and applying some makeup
- Eat breakfast while you read or journal (while you eat, spend 15 minutes reading, thinking and journaling, or planning your day)
Create your ideal morning routine and make a plan for your day with these routine planning pages:
How to Set Up Your Home for a Fresh Start in the Morning
Set up your bedroom for a peaceful morning
There are several things you can do before you go to bed to prepare yourself for a great morning. Set yourself up for success by doing these simple things around your bedroom:
- Lay out your (exercise) clothes the night before.
- Place a glass of water next to your bed.
- Set your phone AWAY from your bed (or in another room, charging, while you sleep).
Exercise (cardio, yoga, or strength training) to start your day on the right note
It’s important to be active and exercise before starting your day.
Exercise will give you a boost of energy and vitality that you need to start your day. It will also help you to feel more lively, refreshed, and ready to conquer whatever the day (or your kids) throw at you.
Morning activity gives you a chance to move around and get the blood pumping before you start your day. This gets your metabolism going for the rest of the day.
Exercise also releases endorphins in your brain, which helps to elevate your mood for the rest of the day.
You don’t have to run a marathon to see benefits from exercise in the morning. Just some simple stretches, strength training, or a few minutes of cardio can be helpful.
However, it can be easy to talk yourself out of adding exercise into your morning routine, so make sure you prepare in advance.
Put on your exercise clothes and grab your water bottle as soon as you wake up.
Also, lay out your exercise mat, weights, and other equipment the night before so you see it as soon as you leave your bedroom.
Eliminate stress with a healthy breakfast
Spend some time relaxing and enjoying your morning while eating a simple breakfast. Use this time to read, journal, or plan your day.
Before you go to bed, wash your dishes and tidy your kitchen so it’s clean (and calming) for the morning. Also, set out your breakfast dishes (bonus points if you meal prep and get healthy breakfast foods prepared in advance).
7 Ways to Improve Your Morning Routine at Home
In addition to preparing your home for a great morning, there are things you can do to help yourself feel better in the morning.
Play around with these seven activities to see how they best help you get going in the morning!
Step 1: Wake up earlier than the kids (or at least get moving before the kids)
If your kids are young, start your day before they wake up, even on days when you’re home and have nothing scheduled. This will give you some much-needed time to yourself.
If your kids are older and more self-sufficient, you have a little more leeway to slow roll your morning routine.
Step 2: Stretch and get your blood pumping
Stretching is such a great way to start the day. Whether you do a simple yoga flow or just do a couple stretches, it’s a great way to ease aches and pains and loosen your tight muscles.
What’s your favorite form of exercise?
Some people enjoy a good workout in the morning to start their day on the right note. Others prefer to take a leisurely walk or do some yoga. Whatever the case, it is important to find what works best for you and stick with it.
Exercise is a great way to start your day on the right note. It helps to rid the body of toxins and reduce stress. A recent study even found that people who exercise in the morning are more productive and happier for the rest of the day.
There are many different types of exercises you can do for this, but I like to start my day with a simple yoga routine. Yoga is a great way to stretch out your muscles, improve strength, and feel more balanced.
Step 3: Take a shower
Taking a shower shouldn’t be a luxury for moms. Get up before the kids and relax in the hot water, mama!
Step 4: Get dressed (in actual clothes), fix your hair, and put on makeup
Getting dressed in actual clothing sounds so silly, especially for a morning routine at home, but it’ll make you feel so much more productive. Also, maybe you can actually answer the door instead of hiding from delivery people. 😉
Step 5: Make breakfast
Eat a simple and healthy breakfast. Try hardboiled eggs or Greek yogurt and fruit.
Step 6: create your plan for the day while eating
While eating breakfast, spend a couple minutes mapping out your day. Make sure you make a note of the things you HAVE to do, and add some fun activities, too.
Step 7: Create alternate routines
One of the most liberating ideas that I learned in the Make Over Your Mornings course is the idea to create multiple morning routines.
If you’re having trouble creating a morning routine that works for you, here are some tips to give your routine an overhaul.
Especially for a morning routine at home, feel free to play around with your wake up time and the amount of time you spend exercising or showering.