I know it’s hard to push yourself through the morning routine every twenty-four hours. You feel like your eyes were closed for less than an hour and now the sun’s coming up. Yes, you need more sleep. Yes, you might have to leave some things  undone to get more sleep. I hope you do get more sleep soon. Whether you’re getting enough sleep or now, you still lack energy to put into all of the demands of parenting.

Try a little nurturing for yourself first thing in the morning. Take five to ten minutes for yourself. Use this time to remind yourself of who your are (not just a mom) and what gifts you want to bestow on the world today.

Quick – Make a List

Grab a piece of paper and write down ten things or activities that give you energy. Circle a few that you can fit into your mornings. Try them out and see which ones help you frame the morning in a new way. If you’re not sure what I mean, take a look at the list of examples here. I want you to get creative! Expand your ideas about self-care. You may be overlooking some simple acts that could boost your attitude and your energy level. Create new rituals that fill your emotional cup in the morning or raise your energy level.

5 Minute Energy Boosters for Parents’ Morning Routines

  1. Energy Boost Playlist – Set your alarm to wake you with your favorite songs that offer your encouragement or a reminder of your gifts. Create a playlist for your shower or sink time.
  2. Energy Walk – Get your heart pumping with a solitary walk to the end of the street and back (this of course assumes there’s someone staying home with the kids for this five minutes.)
  3. Dancing Spirit Boost – Dance yourself awake to your favorite inspirational music. Dance in front of the mirror  if you like.
  4. Green Thumb Energy – Do you love plants or gardening? Find a way to interact with your plants each morning. Watering time could be first on your list once a week. Park a plant in your bathroom or dressing area and talk to it or start a topiary and check on it each morning, adjusting and guiding the vines.
  5. Joke of the Day – Subscribe to an app or list that sends you a joke each morning so you can laugh on your way to the shower.
  6. Nature Nurture Boost – Sit outside and listen to the morning sounds of nature. Watch for birds from your window. Take your dog out for a morning break.

Not in the Habit of Nurturing Yourself?

Parents often put themselves last on the list of people to take care of. I’m a big believer in taking care of the care taker. Parents need lots of nurturing too. You give and give everyday and soon you find that you’re running on an empty tank. If you’re not sure what would nurture you, grab a free copy of my Self-Care Map for Parents.

You know what it feels like to give and give until you’re depleted. Now try working from a new mindset. Taking care of you IS taking care of your kids. You’re giving them a more refreshed, more energetic and a more engaged parent!

So, what will you add to your morning routine? Tell me in the comment box below.

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