08 April 2015

How to Make the Most of Your Mornings

I’ve often talked about what mornings look like in our home, especially as working parents, but I’d like to dig a little deeper and share with you how amongst all the crazy that exists in those twilight hours, how I’m able to still make the best of it and start my day off on the right foot. 

As busy parents, whether you’re SAHM or working, we have a lot on our plates and a lot going on throughout the day. Between day care drop offs, play dates, errands, work commitments, personal commitments and more, it’s easy to set our feet on the floor first thing in the morning and lose our minds right off the bat. 

But don’t. 

Most people look at mornings as something to loathe and while I’m not exactly a morning person per se, I’ve often found that it’s actually my most favorite part of the day, especially when I make the most of it. So without further ado, here are my top tips on what you can do to enjoy your mornings a little more and make the most of the time you have at the start of the day to make it a great day.



ONE. Put the phone down. Yes, you read that right. Put it down. When you wake up, give yourself a moment to simply breathe, wake up and orient yourself to the day. Have you ever noticed that picking up your phone first thing in the morning to check email and your lists only cause more anxiety? You’ve already overwhelmed yourself for the day and the sun isn’t even up. Instead, make yourself coffee. Read a good book. If you’re religious, read your Bible. I’ve sometimes even gone for a walk or taken the dog out just to stretch my legs and get the blood flowing again. Whatever you decide works for you, just don’t pick up your phone or log onto your laptop. Trust me; it will make a huge difference in your mindset going into the day.

TWO. Take advantage of breakfast time. Every morning, Chickie loves to eat oatmeal or Cheerios. She will come into the kitchen and together, we will make her breakfast. It’s also a great time to simply be with her, talk to her and spend time with her before the day gets going. It may sound silly to some but I’ve really begun to cherish that little bit of bonding time we have first thing in the morning. 


THREE. Get up a little bit earlier than your spouse and kids to have time for yourself. To be perfectly honest, I’m not always great about doing this but when I do, boy is it a game changer. I’m able to wake up, take care of myself and my needs first, pack lunch and my work bag, do dinner prep for the evening and if I choose, do a few things around the house like dishes, clothes, etc. that really help to make time in the evening when we get home easier. Again, this time is all about you and your needs so find what works best for you and use the time to get yourself straight for the day.

FOUR. Be realistic about your mornings and give yourself grace. Yes, you may be running around like a chicken with your head cut off but you know what? In the grand scheme of things, it’s okay. Life will sometimes be messy and it’s okay. It’s not a reflection of you as a parent and your ability to take care of your family. I’ve often found that when my mornings are hell, the more I just go with the flow instead of trying to “fix” things, it all has a way of working itself out. We don’t always have to be perfect in order to enjoy a happy day or life. Give yourself a little bit of grace and move on.

I would love to know your tips on how you make the most of your mornings. Please share below!


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Courtney @ Shiraz In My Sippy Cup
Courtney @ Shiraz In My Sippy Cup

Courtney is a published author, mom, taco enthusiast, and a Star Wars and Tennessee Volunteers fanatic. She's never met a piece of sushi she didn’t like and enjoys an amazing glass of wine and a great cut of meat. You can read more of her wine-induced, sleep-deprived adventures on The Huffington Post and Scary Mommy.

20 comments:

  1. Putting my phone away has helped me get ready so much faster!

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  2. For Chris and I, it's divide and conquer. I shower at night, so while he's in the shower in the morning, I get dressed and get Abbie up. When he's done, he takes her downstairs for breakfast while I do my hair and makeup. It's important for both of us to be involved in the morning or we'd never get out of the house!

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  3. Dave and I started sitting down and actually eating breakfast together in the morning and it made the morning so much better! There was 15 minutes where we weren't rushing and we could just talk about out days and relax.

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  4. Great tips! I've been starting my morning with a simple little devotional, which I do read on my phone...but I don't jump into social media right away. I shower at night so I just have to do my hair in the mornings. I also lay out the boys' clothes at night, so Henry, who can dress himself, can throw them on by himself. Waking up earlier than the bunch helps me a lot, too! During the week, we also do simple breakfasts like granola bars... probably not the healthiest thing, but it makes things a lot less messy.

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  5. I so totally agree with #3! I notice when I wake up earlier then everyone one else in the mornings (even though it's usually only about 15 minutes), it's such a game changer to how the whole morning goes!

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  6. The getting up first is KEY to my mornings! It makes such a difference in well everything if I can get a cup of coffee before being "on" for the day!

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  7. Great post. #1 is something I am trying to work on!

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  8. Ah great tips!!! I'm pretty good about two and three but one and four could use some work! So guilty of checking my phone right away!

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  9. I need to start getting up earlier, but 5am is just too much for me. I'm dragging at 5:30 when my son crawls in my bed.

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  10. Courtney PattersonApril 9, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    The struggle is real for sure. I have to fight every morning to get up. Hope you're having a great week.

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  11. Courtney PattersonApril 9, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Me too! I really have to make it a conscience effort to not go straight for the phone. It's hard! have a good week.

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  12. Courtney PattersonApril 9, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Thanks Ashley and thanks for reading!

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  13. Courtney PattersonApril 9, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Me too. If I'm thrown into a whirlwind before I've had a chance to wake up, I'm not a happy camper at all.

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  14. Courtney PattersonApril 9, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Agreed! Thanks for reading, Justine!

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  15. Courtney PattersonApril 9, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Those are great tips, too. I can't wait for the days when Chickie is able to fully dress herself. I think it will make a huge difference in how our mornings go. Have a good day, Becky!

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  16. Courtney PattersonApril 9, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    That's great, Erin. I always feel refreshed when I'm able to do that with Michael and Chickie. Thanks for reading!

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  17. Courtney PattersonApril 9, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Divide and conquer for sure!! Michael and I are really great in helping each other that way too. You *have* too...otherwise, how in the heck do you get anything done?? Have a great day!

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  18. Courtney PattersonApril 9, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Me too!! Thanks for reading, Ashley!

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  19. If I give myself 60-90 minutes of me time before C is awake my day is always so much better. It's like I need to be able to be just me for a bit before putting on my Mom hat.

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  20. I love this. Most mornings are a real rush to get out the door because we have to leave by 6:20 in order to do daycare drop off and get me to work on time, but on days off, i don't mind waking up a little earlier than everyone else and having some me time!


    Great suggestions!


    Thanks again, for linking up with me for the Saturday Spotlight! XO

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