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Early morning me-time

How to get early morning me-time
Kalyani Phadke
Written by Kalyani Phadke
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Grab that early morning me-time!

Use those 30 days to complete our challenge of getting early morning me-time!

Why morning me-time?

There’s a magic in early mornings. The silence in the air, the sole company and the slow hum of your own thoughts – it brings kind of calm in you!
Early morning gives you a kick-start to the day. You rise and shine before the others and win the day by planning ahead of time. Makes you the most efficient of the lot. Even the kids find you in a better mood, since you have already achieved so much before they all wake up.Its the best time for soul searching – what you did till yesterday, what you want to do today, and what you will do tomorrow. Some thoughtful introspection at night helps, but you get an even better perspective after completing your full night’s sleep.Its that time of day when you will not be disturbed by social media, kids, family or work. This is YOUR time, you spend time with yourself and find out whether you can make yourself happier!

Some can do so by writing, some by painting, some by dancing or some by just thinking. All sorts of communication is fine. But the magic needs to be created. That connection with yourself needs to be linked. That aura of energy needs to be built!Get ready to take on the challenge! Challenge yourself to get up 30 minutes earlier just to spend time with yourself.

Write down the reasons why morning me-time is important…

I agree rising early may not be for everyone. Of course, I am very religious about sleep. Actually, I am so extremist that I might just kill someone coming between me and sleep. I have been more in love with my sleep after my second daughter decided she loved to wake us up in the middle of the night. Now she sleeps tight (thankfully!!). So some are tired days for me after a late work schedule or some are just lazy days. I like to sleep in!

But what I observed is that I don’t feel very great after sleeping extra. I extra sleep makes me even more lazier and grumpy. Instead I would be happier if I wake just a little before others and have that time for myself . Similarly, you may have your own set of reasons for getting that morning me – time.

 

We would like you to take a chart paper and write down all the reasons why getting up early is important for you. Decorate this paper and put up on fridge or your wardrobe or mirror, where you would definitely read before going to sleep.

Do let us know if you have put it up!!

Then plan some morning me-time by scheduling your favorite activity on Think Metime mobile app from

Peaceful mornings have to be preceded by night time routine:

If and since we are serious about getting our me-time, we have to take the efforts ourselves. Nobody’s gonna hand it over on a silver platter to us. So, how do you make an effort to make sure you get that daily dose of morning me-time that we all cherish so much! Plan for peaceful mornings and that needs to be done the night before.

Pre-plan your morning at night:

Check what chores you have in the morning, and find out which of those you can finish at night itself. Chopping vegetables, deciding which sabji is to be cooked, washing kids’ bottles, packing their bags, are some of the activities that you can very well do in the night time rather than leave it to the next day. (We will come back to you on how to plan your mornings, but for now just go on with what you are already doing!!)

Have an early dinner:

Apart from it being the healthy thing to do, if you have to finish the night chores, plus some of the morning chores, you need to have sufficient time after your dinner and before your bed-time to do all that. So… plan for an early dinner, early meaning around 8-8.30 p.m.

Cleansing regime before sleep:

Probably many of you think this is frivolous, but trust me, a cleansing regime for your face and neck, does wonders to calm you down and ready you for a nice deep sleep. Choose a nice fruity, fresh smelling face wash, followed by a good toner and moisturizer, and you will feel all the tensions of the day ebbing away from you…

Breathing Exercises:

Once you are in bed, rather than immediately lying down (although it feels very tempting, I know!!), please have just a little more patience and do some breathing exercises. Anulom-Wilom and Deep-breathing exercises work amazing for a deep sleep at night.. All the things above are given here in order to help you sleep peacefully and deeply. When you know you don’t have to run around in the morning, for last-minute chores, you will feel much better. A cleansing regime and breathing exercises will calm you down and help fall in a deep sleep. All this to ensure, you wake up nice and early and refreshed in the morning, to enjoy some lovely personal time on your own, with no disturbances from anybody!!What all things you can do in the morning breeze, is something which I will cover in my next blog… Keep a watch out for that! Meanwhile –

Important Note: “Do not check Social Media sites at night”:

Checking your mobile at night makes your eyes red and tired and you will lose the freshness you have achieved from the above activities. So, even if your cell phone beckons, give it a strict talking to, and keep it far away from you at night!

Hope this helps you all! Have a lovely sleep, and wake up to a beautiful morning, and some lovely me-time! J Do let us know what all things you were able to follow, and how it helped you in the 30-Day Challenge! All the best and here’s to hoping that all of you win the challenge…
Love you all!!

How to plan perfect mornings?

How to get early morning me-time

Congratulations! You are almost at the end of the challenge and I am sure you have gone ahead and grabbed that morning me time for yourself. If you have started it, then I am sure you are already addicted to it!! Don’t stop, keep going!

Inspite of having a strong night time routine, you might have certain jobs those need to be done in the morning. Just to avoid the anxiety leading to missing your morning me time, ensure that you plan these jobs to the last details. Ensure all the family members are aware of things those need to be included in the morning routine and things to be strictly avoided.

To get more control over your mornings; read: 5 magic mantras to make mornings easier

The point is if you have two and half hours in the morning, and you want half an hour of quite me-time (stressing on the word – quiet!!), then you should be absolutely sure that you will finish your morning chores in the next two hours. There cannot be any spill-overs even though you are a stay at home mom – actually, especially if you are a stay at home mom! Plan your mornings. Although I am sure we all have different morning schedules and hence I would be giving just the pointers – you should adapt to implement it in your system –

1. Create an awesome morning ritual –

This is step 1, as this would make you look forward to your me time. It can be hobby routine or fitness routine or creativity routine or nature connection routine, anything. It should be qualitatively inspiring on a day to day basis and should nurture your personality as a whole.

2. Early morning skin care routine

Adopt an appropriate skin care routine, depending on your skin type. The first splash of water on your face is very refreshing and do that as immediately as possible after you get up.

3. Physical exercise –

Include physical exercise in your morning routine. It sets the confident tone for the day.

4. Healthy breakfast

Make sure you incorporate healthy breakfast into your morning routine. This early morning energy helps you tackle the day easily. Breakfast also restores glucose levels, an essential carbohydrate that is needed for the brain to function. Skipping breakfast can lead you to overeating later in the day.

5. Include extremely essential items on the list –

Generally preparation of lunch and breakfast will be essential, but preparation for dinner might not be essential, so ignore it, don’t try to fit everything in your morning routine. Prioritise your tasks. As we have mentioned, try to plan everything the night before. It will be especially difficult, if you have school going children and have to juggle the school commitments. But if you inculcate this habit in your kids, it will be a big help.

6. Weekly meals pre preparation

It also is a good idea to make preparation for daily breakfast on Sundays. It saves a lot of time on a working day. For example, you can make the idli dough, or paratha mix or upma mix or thalipeeth mix on Sunday and store it in fridge to be used on your busy working day. Pre-preparing meals is a tried and tested time saver technique.

7. Delegate work

Rope in any help you can have in the morning. Allocate work like laundry, small cleaning work, lunch boxes, getting kids ready, etc to your husband and other family members. Your kids can contribute too by doing their own tasks as independently as possible.

Also read: 5 household chores you can delegate to your guy!

8. Get ready

Spend time on making yourself ready for the day – put on make up, do your hair, wear an awesome dress. It does not matter whether you are a stay at home mom or working from mom or professional. This is an important ritual which will again boost your confidence throughout the day.

Hope this list will help you plan a perfect morning routine, which will not end up in you feeling guilty for your morning me time as well as help you in getting control of the day ahead.
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A big hug to all you for coming this far in achieving this challenge of getting your morning me time!

You want to know how to spend this peaceful me-time you get in early mornings? Read: Quick me-time ideas for those busy mornings
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Kalyani Phadke

Kalyani Phadke

Avid book eater, crazy movie lover, voracious foodie.
Love to go on travel adventures and have an extremely long bucket list.
An entrepreneur at heart, nurturing both my babies (CA firm and Femme Fiesta).
Extremely scared to be alone anywhere and of dark dirty places.
Mess frustrates me...a lot.
Love my daughters, husband (also my best friend) and life!!

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