One of my biggest joys as a mother has been waking up early and taking care of myself before my family wakes up. This is my time to have full run of the main areas of my home and live in it fully and joyfully. I rise early to do yoga, journal, drink coffee and even sit outside under the stars in the complete quiet.
This is how I have gifted myself more time in my day.
The result has been a number of beautiful things. Such as this project, which was born in the wee hours of the mornings five years ago this month. Sweet notes that I have the time and energy for writing and sneaking in my girls’ lunch boxes. A decluttered kitchen when I feel like making that my priority. And a clear head — almost all of my best ideas for life happen in that first half hour of waking.
Waking early is not for everyone, though.
In fact, just this week I was hearing from a few Abundant Mamas who are night owls, and that’s how they get more time in their day. More power to them!
But for many moms waking up feeling refreshed with a clear head and a good night’s rest is the most life-changing habit to form.
More than 8,000 mamas around the world have taken my free 10-Day Rise and Shine challenge and are finding ways to create deep moments of stillness and self-care into their days because of it.
For those of you who might be considering trying to wake up early to get that beautiful stillness of early rising, I offer:
3 Easy Steps to Rise Before Your Children
#1: Set a very clear intention
Before you jump out of bed and try to make it work be sure you are in it for the long haul. One good day can quickly lead to many bad days. It’s all in how you pace yourself and it’s very much about holding a positive mindset. At the top of your list you must be positive about your energy level. If you are saying how tired you are all day, you will be tired all day.
Setting an intention that helps you remain positive and upbeat and energetic about your life and health is a great way to start. Be clear and detailed so you have something to look forward to when you do wake up. Ask yourself some questions first:
- How do I want to feel when I wake up early?
- What do I want to do? And how will I really spend my time?
- What activities do I want to do first thing to feel more energized and ready for my day? (Not sure? Consider taking my Rise and Shine Challenge, a free 10-day challenge to help you get more sleep, wake up early and take care of yourself before YOUR world wakes up.)
#2: Set clear boundaries
What you spend your time doing first thing in the morning will absolutely make or break your day — and your waking up early stamina. This is a great time to create a space that feels good for you to sit in and reflect or meditate. A cozy chair can make all the difference in a busy morning.
Think of things that make you feel good so you can decide ahead of time what to do with your morning time:
- What will you NOT do in that time?
- Where will you NOT spend your quiet time?
- Who or what will you NOT spend time thinking about?
- When will you wake up? What is your Plan A and your Plan B time to roll out of bed?
#3: Set your alarm
The hard part is often the waking up, but once you know your why and have beautiful things to look forward to doing in those early minutes or hours, waking up is often pretty easy.
Start with just 10 minutes early and do that for a week. The next week, increase that amount by another 10 minutes so you are eventually waking at least 20 minutes earlier than your children.
If all you do is wake up 10 minutes early, it could be the most peaceful 10 minutes of your day — and set the tone for a much more organized, productive and peaceful day.
It’s worth the agony of crawling out of the warm bed … to have a wonderful day ahead.
To get journal prompts emailed to inspire your morning routine, sign up for the Rise and Shine 10-Day Challenge. It’s free.