May 11, 2020 — Tips for a Model Morning

Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 5/11/2020 4:00:00 PM

Have you ever had great intentions for your day, but the morning starts off completely differently than you had hoped, and suddenly your plans feel like nothing more than wishful thinking? I think we have all been there! During this time where our habits are more important than ever, we wanted to pigtail off of last week’s sleep hygiene tips to give you some practical guidance to create your own Model Morning Routine.

Creating structure is key to the success and well-being of all of us, parents, and students alike. However, creating morning routines that aren’t frantic and rushed may seem new to some of us. So, here are the key areas that you can focus on each morning to ensure that your day has the best chance at success:

  • Awake Time: As we are focusing on intentional sleep and rest, waking up 1 hour before the rest of the world needs us or tasks that need to be started on is a huge step toward a model morning. This time allows you to mentally and physically prepare yourself for the day.
  • Calm Time: Taking anywhere from 1-10 minutes for personal reflection, meditation, or prayer, whatever it is that YOU need. This centers your mind and grounds you for the day. You can choose to spend time focusing on gratitude, deep breathing, or simply calm and silence.
  • Desired Outcome/Goal Setting: A failure to plan is a plan to fail, so give yourselves 10-15 minutes to set intentions for the day. What’s most important to complete today? What do you need today or what do your kids need today to feel successful? Visualize your day playing out in the way you desire and write down specifics of what you want to see take place.
  • Motion: Even just 5-10 minutes of intentional motion (stretching, yoga, jogging in place) is going to wake your body up, get the blood pumping to your brain which allows for clearer thinking and planning, and will start your day off with a win in your own personal health.
  • Self-Care: As silly as it may seem, simple things like getting in a shower, brushing your teeth, or sipping on a hot cup of coffee without interruption are all forms of self-care. Put on your favorite outfit (even if you aren’t going anywhere) so that you feel taken care of!
  • READY: Now, you are ready to take on the world! Whether that’s working from home while supporting your students in distance learning, or working the frontlines, you are now more ready and prepared than ever to create an amazing day!

Now, you may or may not implement these all at once. In fact, we’d encourage you to just start with ONE aspect that you want to implement into your morning. Take the baby step of implementing one new rhythm and do it consistently to see the massive impact it will have on your days. Despite the current circumstances, you can create new ways of thriving during this time and we want to support you in that journey!