As we get into the swing of things with a new school year and a busier schedule, it’s easy to start feeling like we’re dragging in the morning. But your mornings don’t have to feel overwhelming just because you’re tired. Today I’m sharing 7 rituals for tired moms you can put into practice starting today.
Originally published August 2017. Updated August 2023.
Mornings can be rushed and a bit stressful getting everyone where they need to go, on time, and with everything they need. And if you were up late helping your kids with homework or doing chores of your own, a busy morning can leave you feeling exhausted before the day has even begun. This is the general case around my house!
And getting up earlier doesn’t always seem like an option if you’re not getting enough sleep as it is! It definitely takes effort, but it is a simple action that can calm your day if you use it well. Just an extra 15-30 minutes in the morning is all you need to have a little quality time for yourself and have a great start to the day.
Let’s talk about what you can do during that small time frame to set your day off on the right foot even when you’re a tired mom.
7 Morning Rituals for Tired Moms
Here are 7 of my favorite morning rituals for shaking off the sleepiness and getting the day off to a good start…
1. Warm water with lemon.
There are many benefits of enjoying warm water with lemon first thing in the morning (Yes, even before the first cup of coffee!). Lemon water fights dehydration from the night, boosts your immune system with Vitamin C, nourishes your brain cells with potassium, helps your liver flush-out toxins, cleanses your kidneys and even makes the pH levels in your body more alkaline which has been shown to fight inflammation and premature aging. It’s a natural, and delicious, energy booster.
2. Prayer and devotion time.
Starting your day with even a few minutes reading God’s Word and talking with Him is the #1 thing you can do to help you focus on what you need to do, adjust your attitude if needed, and alleviate stress.
You don’t have to spend an hour reading and praying – although if you feel led and have time, what a blessing! Even just a few minutes reading a few verses and saying a quick prayer is enough to get your day off to a great start!
3. Morning stretches.
Your body is probably a little stiff in the morning from sleeping all night so it’s always good to do some gentle stretching to help you wake-up in the morning.
You can stretch while you’re still in bed. Pull your knees up to your chest, wrap your arms around your legs and gently rock side-to- side on your back to stretch out your spine and release stored energy.
When you get up, do a full body stretch, reaching your arms as high as you can, wiggling your fingers and even standing on tip-toes to get your lower body involved.
4. Get in touch with nature.
Being one with nature is almost always an instant mood booster. God created this beautiful world for our senses! Stepping outside to breathe in some fresh air is a fast way to start to your day off great.
Take your warm lemon water and sit outside for a few minutes to soak in God’s love for His creation!
5. Take a morning walk.
Walking in the mornings helps relieve stress, loosens your muscles, helps you lose weight, and clears your mind. Even a 15 minute walk each morning can have tremendous effects on your mind, body, and soul!
6. Count your blessings.
Our lives are so full of blessings, but we get so wrapped up in what we don’t have that we overlook the great things already in our lives. When you’re feeling tired and stressed, take a moment to remind yourself just how blessed you are by thinking of 5 things that you’re grateful for. This will lift your mood, naturally increasing your energy level.
You might enjoy keeping a gratitude journal and writing down three things you are thankful for each morning before your day starts.
7. Check your planner or household notebook.
And finally, before you start your day, look over your homemaking planner, make note of the top three things you need to do to day, and get a mental picture of how your day should look. Check back in with your planner throughout the day to make sure you’re on track!
related: Purpose 31 Planners
Moms have a lot on their plate! Getting the day off to a pleasant start will definitely help you relieve stress and stay focused on those things that really matter.
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