What does your morning routine look like? Does it involve you rushing around and trying to make breakfast for the kids, while drinking a quick cup of coffee, then taking a quick shower? What about breakfast? Do you usually eat it on the go or maybe skip it all together?
What if I told you that a key to a healthy pelvic floor involved a good solid morning routine? One which wasn’t too rushed, and one in which you had a nice, predictable schedule? Our bodies are creatures of habit, the more predictable and less stressed your morning, the better your body will function and thus the better you will feel.
One of the pieces of advice that I often give my clients is that it is important to take your time in the morning. Sometimes that means getting up a little earlier than you would have liked. I know that with little ones, that can often be hard. Especially if one (or more!) of your little ones decided they didn’t want to sleep at night. I encourage parents to try to avoid going to bed too late, so your chances of being able to wake up earlier, are better.
Trying to go to sleep and wake up at the same time everyday is a start. Try to get up at a time that is early enough so that it gives you plenty of time in the morning, but not too early that you feel sluggish for the rest of the day. This will differ for each person, depending on what your days look like.
The basic to do’s of your morning routine should include:
So, as hard as it is, it is very important that we give ourselves the time our bodies need in the morning. This will help you feel less bloated throughout the day, and will help you be on your way to a happy, healthy pelvic floor!