Stress Less Morning Routine

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Are you a morning person? I used to be. 

Mornings for me used to be 5 a.m., but nowadays I don’t roll out of bed until 9 a.m. to start my morning routine.

Routines work for me.

After I drag myself out of bed, my mind in a fog, I make a beeline for my home office. 

Since I’m the only one who drinks coffee in my house, that’s where I keep my coffee maker. 

A cup of coffee and water are the first part of my morning rotuine. I know you all think I wake up refreshed, but in reality it takes thrity minutes or so to get my thoughts together.

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Once I get my coffee percolating, I chug down a bottle of water, while reading a chapter of the Bible. 

Afterwards, I check emails, my Instagram, my Facebook and my bank account.

Once my coffee is ready I jot down my goals for the day and start breakfast. 

Breakfast is the same everyday during the week. Having a set meal plan makes it easy on my husband and I. 

Planned meals make it easy to shop and prepare our meals. We stop at Walmart once a week to pick up everything we need. 

He grabs the basics and I grab the extras like coffee. While he shopped this week, I stopped at the McCafé coffee demo in Walmart and had a cup. 

I also bought a bag of McCafé French Vanilla coffee. McCafé comes in grounds or pods with eight flavors to choose from. 

Choosing a different flavor coffee each morning is about as far as I can go outside of my routine before 11 a.m.

Coffee and the same breakfast Monday through Friday is pretty much the norm. Norm is good for me. 

Routine is my friend.  

For breakfast I make two scrambled eggs, three slices of turkey bacon, a quarter cup of oatmeal with flaxseed and raisins. 

I also have a protien shakes and apple juice.

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By now I feeling amazing and ready to tackle my day. I know, my mornings sound mundane, but I love them this way.

It’s the part of my day that requires the least amount of mental energy and I enjoy not having to think to much early in the morning.

I’ve planned meals since 2008 and love the freedom it provides. I always know what I’m eating and what I need to buy. For me that’s a stress relief. 
What’s your style?

22 Comments

    • Yep….predictable is my friend. It takes a lot of the thought out of my morning. Let's me use my energy for more important things.

  1. Routine is my friend! Try as I might, my mornings are still slightly stressful; however, that is more due to the ages of my children and that they aren't all self-sufficient yet! I like planning ahead so that keeps me on target for my day! Thanks for sharing your routine! #client

    • Oh I understand Stephnaie. Our kids are finally at that age where we can sleep in on weekend without being disturbed and they can handle themselves in the mornings. You'll get there and it will be amazing!!!

  2. I'm a creature of habit too and love a routine! Great advice on keeping a routine for a stress free morning. I use to physical write down my to do list/goals everyday, and I have gotten away from it. I need to bring this back into my daily routine.

    • I write lists, but sometimes I fall away from it Sophia. At times when my life is hectic, I just need to break the structure and go with th me flow.

  3. I always start my day with a healthy coffee which also gives me energy and helps curb my appetite. I also plan my meals which I find also helps keep me on my healthy eating plan. I enjoyed all your pics and post. Thanks for sharing!

    • Coffee definitely curbs my appetite too. I like drinking it, but it often aides me to shop breakfast or not eat all of it. That's not the best for me through. I don't really like that about coffee.

  4. My husband and I have been working on weekly meal planning. Less stress and less expensive!

    • Hillary I keep my meal plans and reuse them too. I planned dinner meals for 8 weeks and now I just cycle through thrm.

  5. That coffee sounds like a great way to start my day!

  6. I've heard Mcdonald's has the BEST coffee. How awesome that they are available at stores now.

  7. I need to work on a better morning routine. I know my procrastinating in the morning is one of the big reasons my day is so stressful. I am up between 5 and 6 usually (couldn't imagine sleeping in to 9), but I spend too much time on the computer. Your breakfast looks yummy by the way. Hubby is the coffee drinker in the house though.

    • The compute can be a real time suck. I spend a lot of time on the computer and mobile phone, but I schedule in time for quiet & exercise which are big stress relievers for me.

  8. As a morning person and coffee drinker always looking for ways to save time and get my days off right.. thanks for sharing!

  9. I am not a morning person, but I am definitely a coffee person! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I really need to get into meal planning. I think it would save us money and time. I cant seem to get a good routine of planning though. McCafe Vanilla sounds like a coffee I would try!

    • It takes a little bit of time to get in the routine of meal planning, but it's worth it once you've gotten used to it. Meal planning definitely saves us time and money.

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