5 Morning Habits I'm Committing to in 2020

When I was growing up, my mom always said I was the earlier riser out of the family. She said I would yell for her from my crib at 7am and immediately ask "what am I wearing today and what are we doing?!" That little Sarah would be so helpful in my mornings now. I'm not sure if it was working night shift in the ER, but sometime after college I was no longer a morning person. I was exhausted all the time. It would take me days to recover from working a few nights in a row.

It's funny how we look at children and try to reason with them to take a nap. We tell them how much we wished we could take a nap like them but now our lives are too busy to take one. Ellie still takes 2 naps and I'm enjoying every second of it. I know our days are numbered and then we'll be down to one. How will I ever get anything done?!

When I had our daughter I was really starting to feel isolated and unproductive, but I didn't know what to do about it. I felt like my day was so busy but from the outside looking in, not very much was actually getting done.Between feedings, diaper changes, and naps, I felt trapped in this endless circle of only taking care of a baby. How do people work full time when your getting no sleep at night? Props to those hard working mommas out there! It took a long time for us to finally get in a routine.

Today I'm sharing with you 5 things I'm committing to doing every morning in 2020 to help my days be more productive. As if I need to add anything else to my day "to be more productive." Most days I barely get anything else done after just trying to keep her alive. I swear she falls about 1000 times a day and is constantly putting God knows what in her mouth. I was looking through blogs on Pinterest and most of them encouraged getting up at 5am. I don't know about you but that was absolutely not happening for me. There is this misconception that you need to wake up at 5am in order to have a successful day. But this routine is not for everyone. Yes I would get a few hours to myself every morning but that would mean I would practically have to go to bed right after I put Ellie down. And to me, that's no fun at all. I need some me time at night to decompress from my day before I can fall asleep.

1. Make your bed. 
Growing up, I was never great at this. Most of the time I slept on top of the comforter with a blanket so I didn't have to make the bed when I got up. #genius Early in our marriage before I became a nurse, I would make the bed every single day. It made me feel so good every time I walked into our room and it was clean. When I started working night shift, our bed was never made. There really wasn't any point to it. When he was leaving for work, I was getting ready to climb right into it to go to sleep. But since we've had the baby, I've been home with her every morning and we got right back into this routine. Even if I hardly slept or didn't have much energy to do anything around the house. There's just something about walking into a room that's clean and organized.

2. Take your vitamins.
Every morning when I get out of bed I take my birth control and a multi-vitamin. Being a busy mom, I don't always make the best food choices every single day. I mostly live off coffee so it's good to know I'm getting a little help from a vitamin. I also like to change up my vitamins based on my current needs. Sometimes I only take a hair skin and nail vitamin if I'm noticing that they are starting to look dull.

3. Hygiene. 
The first thing I do when I walk into the bathroom is brush my teeth. Then I apply some dry shampoo and wash my face. It's good to start with a clean slate. Sometimes I didn't do a such great job of taking off my make up before I crashed into bed so I need to start fresh. Then I drink a glass of water. I usually keep a water bottle on my nightstand because I get thirsty throughout the night.

4. Get dressed.
Even if you are a stay at home mom like me and don't have anywhere to go most days. Changing from my nighttime comfy clothes to daytime comfy clothes instantly helps you feel more put together and ready to be productive throughout the day. The better I feel, the more smoothly the whole house runs.

5. Be Positive.
In the mornings, I like to either read a few pages from a new book or do a devotional from my bible app. It's pretty convenient having it right there on my phone. I like to do that before I start looking at social media. Social media can be a downer lots of times so start your day with something positive and not negative.

I follow along with Rachel Hollis on social media. If you don't know who she is, she wrote the book "Girl Wash Your Face." This is a must read book! I honestly recommend it to everyone! She does an awesome job of relating to people on multiple levels in every stage of life. It's not targeted towards a particular type of person. It's really great! A few months ago, she challenged her viewers 90 days before the end of the year to start writing down 5 things they are grateful for every morning. I didn't do it every single day for the 90 days but I really tried. I actually still do this most mornings. It's such a positive way to start your day. If you take anything away from this blog post, it should be this. There is so much negativity in this world, it's difficult to see the good sometimes. This is a great way to be reminded daily of God's blessings.



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