What is your family’s morning routine like? Does it vary from day to day and completely fall to pieces when the holidays roll around? There is an old saying, “Well begun is half done,” and there is no better strategy for breezing through the season stress-free than with a strong morning regimen. Need some tips? We’ve got you covered.
Maintain Your Game
Kids seem to have boundless amounts of energy anyway, and the holidays tend to build their vim and vigor to crazy heights. When your youngsters start thinking about presents, Santa, and holiday snacks, keeping up with them can be daunting at best if you aren’t taking good care of yourself. One recommendation is to make sure you stay on top of your game with actions that keep your energy levels strong. Ensure you get a good night’s sleep each night, and don’t indulge in too many holiday goodies. Instead, stick with a nutritious diet, and make sure to drink enough water, since insufficient hydration can lead to feeling tired.
Also, the busyness of the season can often lead to days getting away from us. One way to ensure you stay on top of your fitness regimen is by putting together a home gym, so working out is convenient in spite of the countless holiday obligations.
Conquer the Clutter
Clutter can lead to disruption and chaos, especially in the mornings. When you can’t find your tweezers, Sally is looking for her curling iron, and Jimmy can’t find his deodorant, you might all be tripping over each other to get yourselves ready to conquer the day when what you really need to do is conquer the clutter. This can be especially challenging if you’re all sharing a small bathroom, but as Good Housekeeping points out there are plenty of ways to keep the space organized and efficient. Look for solutions that optimize walls and shelves and group like items together, and consider adding small, attractive and functional storage as needed.
Stick to Schedules
Does your family adhere to a daily schedule? All too often, our commitments keep us on the go and bending our days to various obligations, rather than staying in good habits and timeframes. While it can be especially tempting to let things slide during the holidays, it is important to establish and maintain a routine, regardless of the season. Kids can draw a sense of security from knowing what to expect every day, and they even handle lifestyle changes better if those changes occur within the structure of a normal routine, such as moving or changing schools. What’s more, some studies indicate that children’s development hinges on circadian rhythms, so keeping on normal timelines can mean keeping them happier and healthier. Ensure your kids go to bed and wake up at the same time each night and eat meals at set times.
Eat Breakfast Together
Sitting down to breakfast as a family every morning can help set your family up for a successful day. CBS News explains that breakfast is an ideal time for families to convene for a meal since it’s easy to prepare, you can talk about the day ahead, and children generally love all sorts of breakfast foods. On top of all that, eating a nutritious breakfast offers certain health benefits, like helping you maintain a healthy weight. You can even prepare some hearty, make-ahead breakfast casseroles so everyone can sit down together and enjoy the holiday mornings.
Instead of being stressed out this holiday season, ensure your family members can start their days with a solid routine. Stay organized and energized with healthful and smart strategies to keep everyone in sync. The season will be stress-free for you and yours, thanks to your proper planning and some great, healthy choices.
About the writer:
Daniel’s been a single dad to daughter (9) and son (6) for three years now. He admits he doesn’t always know what the heck he’s doing, but that every day is definitely an adventure and a blessing. You can find him over atdadsolo.com