One of the best things I can give my husband and children is a relaxed, vibrant, healthy, centered, energetic wife and mother. The time and energy spent on taking care of me is an investment into my family and not a selfish pursuit.
Starting my day as early as possible is one of my greatest assets as manager of my home, wife, and mother. There are 4 things that are essential for me to do during the day so that I wake up with energy and enthusiasm:
Before transforming my morning ritual I acted as if drinking sufficient water throughout the day was an option and even a luxury. One manifestation of dehydration is fatigue. I not only want to start my day early but I also want to have the drive to conquer the tasks and priorities of my day. Being intentional on helping my body perform at its peak is paramount. This moves drinking water up the list of priorities.
Doctors say we should drink half of our body weight in ounces of water per day. To help me do this several things have helped:
- One of the first things scheduled in my morning routine is to drink one full glass (10oz) of water, with lemon. This is also when I take my vitamins.
- Throughout my routine I work on drinking a total of 20oz, so that before noon I have consumed half of the days required amount.
- The quality of water we drink makes a difference. Recently I am getting natural spring water from an artesian well. Water at its most natural! I used this site to find a natural spring water well near me.
Every time I feed myself is my opportunity to nourish my body. I am trying to be more mindful of this as I CHOOSE the foods that I purchase and bring into my home (still working on it). My goal is to consume foods that are as close to its natural source as possible. I love purchasing my fresh eggs at a local farm. The kids love seeing the chickens that we get our eggs from. I also love making yogurt as a “comfort food”. I’ve shared the recipe on how to make yogurt here. I make it from scratch using organic milk. Homemade yogurt has so many health benefits. Making it at home also helps me control the ingredients (i.e. sugar). There are many other ways to improve my diet. My goal is to transform my diet one change at a time.
Working out is a scheduled time in my morning ritual, BEFORE the kids wake up. One of the benefits of exercise is that it boosts your energy. I LOVE using Fitness Blender for my workouts. Their workouts are FREE on their site or on YouTube. I purchased the workout plans ($5-$10). This helps me know what the routine of the day is. Every day is something different and the cover everything from yoga, pilates, HIITS, and weight training.
I love working out at home because I don’t have to deal with childcare, getting all the kids out of the house, weather, etc. 30 min, and workout is DONE! Regardless what you use to exercise the goal it to move every day. Raise your heart rate! On days when I don’t have time for my workouts I jog with my kids while they bike ride.
I’ve always been adamant on my kids taking their scheduled nap time. Recently I have learned that they are not the only ones that can benefit from it! Michael Hyatt has a great post on “5 Reasons Why You Should Take A Nap Everyday”
Most days, around 2pm, I take a power nap (20-30min). I am amazed at how a short nap can power the rest of my days! Yes, I have 6 kids, so I know you are wondering what I do with the kids to make this nap possible LOL My 2 year old always takes a 2 hour nap at 2p. The older ones are required to have at least 1 hour of quiet time. They can use it to play a quiet game (alone) or read a book. Quiet time is something we all need!
Finally, a powerful, vibrant morning starts with a good night time routine. I will be sharing shortly what my night time routine looks like…so far!
What’s your favorite energy boosting activity?