Restore Morning Sanity in 10 MinutesIf you are anything like me you have such good intentions for every morning – be prepared, be calm,
get out of the house on time. And if you are anything like me your mornings are a stressful rush of
frayed nerves, spilt cereal and lateness! If I have learnt anything about being a busy working mother
it’s that you have to make the most of the time you have when the children are asleep. Both for
relaxing and getting back some level of sanity but also for preparing for the next episode of
So the preparation for restoring – and retaining – your morning sanity starts the day before. What
does morning sanity mean to you and what do you need to achieve to get out of the house – and
what time do you expect to leave the house at? For me it’s important that when I leave the house it
is in a reasonable state. Worse than morning insanity is arriving home in the evening to evening
insanity! Evening insanity starts because you come home to a crazy mess (left from the morning
craziness) – morning insanity starts when you wake up to a mess; which follows that at some point
you need to say enough is enough and prepare for the morning that’s coming.
Make your list of what needs to be achieved – everyone washed, dressed and fed; lunch boxes
prepared, calendars checked etc. – you know what needs doing. Start work on the list the night
before – keep the house reasonably tidy so you are not tripping over things all morning – stamping
on toys is enough to put you in a bad mood all day! Wipe down surfaces and at least put things back
in the rooms they belong in- a clear path from bed to car is essential to keep you focussed. Get
yours and the kids clothes out the night before, make any lunches in advance as well. Sort out yours
and the kid’s calendars – i.e. be ready for your first meeting or appointment mentally because you
already know what’s coming; get out PE kits or sign letters the night before so in the morning you
can just grab and run. The more of a routine you get into with this the easier it will be – try writing it
all down at first and timing yourself – aim to get it all done within 10 minutes.
Hopefully you will find that when you prepare, both mentally and physically, the night before for the
day ahead you will sleep better knowing that everything is in its place for tomorrow. Mentally your
outlook when you wake up will be better as you know it will be a smooth running morning as
everything is ready for you and there should be no arguments in terms of who needs what, who is
wearing what etc.
Although light-hearted you will see that this actually has a great impact on your mental health.
Feeling prepared and ready to face the day is important in all aspects of your life – getting yourself
and your family out of the door in the morning in a calm and graceful way seems a small thing but it
is vitally important. The first few hours when you wake up sets you up for the day and if things can
go smoothly and to your plan it will not only lift your mood but increase your self-esteem, better
your relationships with your family, enable everyone in your family to start the day in the best way
possible. Not only that but you will start to eliminate the evening insanity… but that’s another story!