Organize your morning

"How am I supposed to do that?"

I have to admit, I am a pretty organized person. My friends usually default to my organization anytime we plan something. I think it is partly my anxious nature to have everything perfectly scheduled and planned out as soon as humanly possible. Now being a military spouse has massively changed my outlook on patience. I have been placed (against my will) in many situations where I have no control or information to make any decisions. So what did I do ? I made a plan for the times when making a plan was not possible. What can I say? I'm a planner.  It's not uncommon for me to ask my husband if he wants to go to a particular restaurant 6 months from now.  Hey- i never said i was perfect......

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That being said ☝🏼, you can (at least mentally) prepare yourself for your morning. Figure out the reasons that your mornings turn stressful. Are you rested from the night before? Are you prepared for breakfast? If the answers are yes, you will most likely have an easier morning.  Thats just common sense. Do you see how these little items can change the mood of your kitchen and set the tone for the day?

I challenge you to think about how you can alter your mindset into preparing the night before, making your morning smooth sailing. Organize your life, your morning and yourself. Think of ways to make your life easier, before things get out of hand.

Are your kids late risers --> try getting them prepared for the following morning before their bedtime (picking out their clothes, packing their lunches, prepare backpacks, homework, etc)

Do you (or your loved ones) struggle to choose what to eat for breakfast? --> narrow the choices and move on. Your kitchen is not IHOP, and you are not waitressing in there. Have 2 healthy options available and let them know it's not negotiable. (I realized this isn't as simple as i'm making it out to be, but be firm, consistent and eventually, children will follow your lead. Are you an example of healthy breakfast eating-- or are you skipping this step?)

Wait- did we just blow by this one "What are you eating for breakfast?" Do you have a plan for how you are going to take care of your body? It's important, no, it's critical. You cannot give from an empty tank. Fill your tank. Not sure where to start? Try this breakfast experiment.

I get it, sometimes it's so haaaaaard to come up with healthy options for yourself for breakfast. I used to struggle with this issue, then I sat down and began thinking of ways to fuel my body that wouldn't be so time consuming I wouldn't stick to them. Overnight oatmeal is an awesome option, making eggs any which way you want, protein smoothies or even homemade juices can start you off properly.

Are you curious about the juicing craze? What is it all about and do I have to do any extra work? Kale for breakfast? I don't know... seems kinda... blah.... Juicing is a great way to get in your fruits and vegetables if you are lacking in that department. Here is a beginners guide you peruse and see if it might be something you want to try.

Basically, when it comes down to this, you need to set yourself up for success. I say this as a health coach that has experience helping people pinpoint their own struggles, only to realize the problem was not what they thought it was.  Anyone can read this blog and nod their head at some tips and tricks to make their mornings smoother, but the true change only comes when your mindset is ready to change.  If you want to see progress and stay motivated, you need a health coach for accountability, support and encouragement. 

You have the knowledge. If you can read, you can find it. If you can push buttons, you can google it. What I offer is the missing link between reading and inspired action.

Most people know where they want to be, but don't have the path figured out. Don't stay STUCK.