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I know that it’s common for moms to neglect their health. They are often too busy taking care of their families that they forget about their own health and wellness. It’s just not worth pushing aside your health!

While I don’t exercise as often as I used to and I splurge (often…you wouldn’t believe the amount of sweets I can consume!) on desserts, I make sure I am giving my health some attention.

  • I am a more patient wife and mother when I get the chance to exercise a few days each week, so I don’t feel bad that I make this a priority.
  • I know that food is fuel and I have more energy when I eat better.
  • I finally learned the importance of sleep and having a well-rested family!

How to have a healthy morning: Minimize morning stress, Plan your day, Hydrate, Drink warm, lemon water, Eat a healthy breakfast, Get moving, Consider vitamins or supplements.

The morning is a great time to start your day off right with a few healthy habits. Here are a few tips on how to have a healthy morning: 

Minimize morning stress by allowing for extra time

It’s stressful to wake up late and scramble around all morning. Save yourself the stress and set your alarm earlier than you need to, even if it’s just 10-15 minutes. Adding extra time can help your day start in a calm and relaxed manner. It also gives you wiggle room if something comes up and your morning is derailed. If you have children, you might need more than 10 extra minutes scheduled in!

Spend a few minutes planning your day

Go over your calendar and make sure you know what is on the schedule for the day. If you don’t meal plan weekly, the morning is a great time to think about what is for dinner. You are more likely to prepare a healthy dinner if you think ahead and aren’t forced to scramble at dinner-time.

If you need help planning out your morning, check out Make Over Your Morning.


One of the first things you should do each morning is drink a large glass of water. You wake up dehydrated and this is the perfect way to get your body ready for the day! I try to drink a glass a water before I start in on coffee. Here are 8 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day.

Drink warm, lemon water

Meet your hydration goals by starting the morning with warm lemon water. This is a quick and easy drink to add to your morning.  Here are some of the benefits of lemon water.

Eat a healthy breakfast

I am sure that I don’t need to tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You have fasted all night and your body needs fuel to start your day and to get your metabolism going!

I feel so much better when I have started my morning off with a healthy breakfast. I like to have my breakfast satisfying enough that I do not want to snack all morning. I leave room for plenty of splurges in my diet, but breakfast is the one meal that I try to always keep healthy. If my diet is less than stellar the rest of the day it’s nice to know that I got it right for one meal! 

I typically start my day with one of the following: oatmeal, yogurt & granola, eggs, or a smoothie. I like to add flaxseed, cinnamon, protein powder, and chia seeds to my oatmeal or smoothies for a healthy boost. Check out Thrive Market to get these healthy add-ons! Get 15% off your first order here.

Get moving

This is my main stress reliever. I start to get unpleasant when I go too long without exercise! If you are not exercising consistently, start by adding small amounts of exercise into your day. If you have trouble getting motivated, remember that the first step out the door is the hardest. Once you get out and exercise, you will rarely (if ever!) regret it. 

Try this quick Wake-Up Workout, one of the many free resources on this list.

Wake up well-rested

Sleep is so important! I took me years to realize that I should actually prioritize sleep and it’s worth making a few changes.

If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources: 

Find your morning incentive

Figure out what quick activity or treat refreshes and relaxes you. If that gives you a little more patience to get you through the day…schedule it in!!

Consider vitamins or supplements based on your needs

While I try to get most of my nutrients from foods, I supplement based on my current needs. While pregnant this includes a prenatal, Vitamin D, and fish oil. I am adding in a probiotic as I get closer to delivery, in case I need to be on an antibiotic as I was with my other two deliveries. I add more Vitamin C and zinc to my daughter’s diets as the cold season approaches.


How to have a healthy morning: Minimize morning stress, Plan your day, Hydrate, Drink warm, lemon water, Eat a healthy breakfast, Get moving, Consider vitamins or supplements.

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38 comments on “How to Have a Healthy Morning”

  1. With 4 kids running about each morning sometimes it’s hard not to stress. I do drink Lemon water and will start my running. It always helps me get focused. So happy it’s the start of Fall it’s my favorite time of the year to run.

  2. Great reminders, Emily! I really struggle in the mornings, but I do find that drinking something (tea or water) and oil pulling help me wake up!

    • Oil pulling…I have read up on that some, but have only tried it a few times. I should look into it again to remind myself of the benefits!

  3. I love the tips! If I gave myself a little extra time before my daughter wakes up for “me” time, I think my day would go a lot smoother! You’re right about taking care of yourself being very important, it’s something that is easily neglected as a newer Momma!

  4. I need to be doing this! Right now I wake up with my toddler and kind of fall into the day; I bet waking up earlier then her and having some intention would make a big difference. Pinning for later!

  5. I am really bad at mornings! The battle over sleeping in for even just five minutes versus getting up to start the day is a struggle. Looking forward to trying some of your strategies!

  6. Great tips! My family knows that if I don’t get my exercise in that I am a completely different person. Not only do I need it physically but also mentally:)

  7. In theory I love tea, but I never work it into my morning routine because I fill up on coffee. Love the idea of lemon water for the mornings. I have heard that is healthy but haven’t tried it yet. I usually drink lots of lemon water with honey if I have a cold… Gotta work it into the every day.

    • Warm lemon water is a great way to start the day. I am with you on tea, I never drink it in the morning. Coffee takes priority then. :)

      Tea is great in the evening though!

  8. Great tips. I started walking in the mornings before my kids wake up and my husband heads to work. As much as I hate getting out of bed so early, I feel fantastic on the days I do this. It’s so dark now in the mornings which is kind of a bummer.

  9. Allowing extra time is so important. I get up 1/2 an hour to an hour before my girls. This allows me to pray, plan my day, exercise, eat, and caffeinate.

    A good breakfast is also very important.

    Thanks for sharing these tips (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely evening.

  10. I love the idea of waking up 10 minutes earlier than necessary. It’s not too much sleep you’re missing out on, but can really make a difference in the craziness of your morning. That and drinking lots of water. I feel so much better when I start my morning off with a glass of water. Thanks for sharing!

  11. All great tips! Now that my one year old is finally sleeping through the night (well mostly) I’ve been able to to get up and work out in the morning again. It’s been fabulous!

  12. Such great tips. I need to get my morning routine back on track. Since I started back to school, I stay up so late doing homework that I generally wake up with only enough time to get me and my son dressed, feed the dog, then get out the door. I am so stressed in the mornings that I know I need to get things right again.

  13. Great tips and I find that my morning really does set the mood for the entire day. I start with lemon water also and always try to eat something healthy. My downfall is exercise but I am working on that one! Visiting from SITS Girls Sharefest. Have a great weekend!

  14. Excellent, doable tips! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth!

  15. Great ideas! I’ve also found that, as much as I like to lie in bed, I regret staying there after the alarm goes off. It’s better of ray day if I get up early, read the Bible, exercise…twenty extra minutes on my pillow isn’t worth the overall sacrifice of being behind and unprepared for the day.
    Here from the Sharefest!

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