It’s a common misconception that you can be lax with your family’s morning routine just because the kids are out of school. While you may be tempted to let them sleep in, disrupting their sleep habits will make it difficult for them to fall back in line when school is back in session. Plus, with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s important to have structured mornings. Routines and healthy habits help reduce stress and anxiety for the whole family — especially the kids.
Keep Things Clean
All the routines in the world won’t help you if your home is a mess. A clutter-free home runs smoothly because every member knows where to find the things they need to get going. If you’re overwhelmed by holiday responsibilities this year, consider hiring a cleaning service to make sure your place is nice and organized throughout the season. A lot of people don’t realize how affordable a housekeeping service can be — the national average cost ranges from $116 to $235, depending on the size of the property.
A Good Night’s Sleep
A good morning starts the evening before, so stick to your normal bedtime routine as well. Of course, it’s not uncommon kids to go to bed later during the holidays. They may be excited about all the fun events happening or simply not so tired without school. To help encourage sleep, turn off the electronics about two hours before bedtime. Electronics such as computers and televisions emit a blue light that tricks the body into thinking it’s still daytime, inhibiting the release of melatonin and making it harder to sleep.
If your kids are particularly hyper, try giving them a warm bath. According to a 1997 study conducted by New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, when a person soaks in a hot tub and their body temperature rises, the rapid cool-down period afterwards relaxes and helps them fall asleep. For an even more relaxing atmosphere, tap into aromatherapy and use lavender and chamomile products in the bath. This recipe for Midnight Lavender Rose Chamomile Bath Salts by Martha Stewart smells great and soothes tired muscles at the end of a long day.
Take 15 Minutes for Yourself
You can’t pour from an empty cup, and you can’t help your family get through a hectic morning if you’re out of balance yourself. Before you wake up the children, take a few minutes to centre and care for your inner well-being. This 15-minute morning routine will help you stay sane and ready to tackle the day head-on.
- Before you pour a cup of coffee, hydrate yourself with filtered water. After eight hours asleep, your body needs fresh water to get its functions going.
- Spend five minutes meditating. If you have a hard time focusing, try a meditation app for your phone or check out five minute meditation videos on YouTube.
- Limber up with a 10-minute low-impact workout that gets your blood flowing. Even a gentle workout can help release feel-good endorphins and neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin so you start the day on a positive note.
Just because school is out doesn’t mean your family’s morning routine should go off the rails. Keeping things the same makes it easier for everybody to transition back to normal hours when the end of January rolls around. To keep your morning routine flowing smoothly, you need a clean and decluttered home. If the holiday hustle leaves you too busy to clean, consider hiring a cleaning service for the season or a Get Me Organised Session. A good morning begins with a good night’s sleep. Help hyper children drift off to dreamland by creating an environment conducive to sleep. And don’t forget yourself — if you’re stressed out, your family will pick up on that energy. Give yourself 15-minutes to rehydrate, meditate, and mood so you start your day in a great mood.
Thanks to Daniel for his guest blog and sharing tips to stay sane these holidays with a morning routine. Daniel is a single parent who shares resources that have worked for him as a single parent on his website Dadsolo. Missed Daniel’s last guest post? You can check out HERE.
What is your morning routine like in the holidays? Let me know in the comments below.