For many working mums, mornings are mayhem - stressful, hectic and everything but calm. Actress and mum-of-two smallies Olivia Wilde shares how she tackles hers.

Life is busy - and a working mum's life is even busier. It can be incredibly hard to balance all the day's tasks while staying healthy and keeping everyone happy. Routines are a great way to organise your everyday life, reduce stress and gain composure. 

Every mum out there knows that mornings are often particularly tough. Luckily, this American actress has got it all figured out and more importantly, the mum-of-two decided to share her morning routine with Well+Good

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The 33-year-old model and producer used to be a late riser. Now her day starts around 6:30 am.

"I wasn’t a morning person until I had kids - then you have to be a morning person because the action starts early. My kids wake up between 6:30 and 7, so that’s when everything begins", she writes.

"I used to be the person who wouldn’t know when I’d wake up or what I’d do, but now there’s more regularity with kids", the former House actress explains.

Since getting your kids to brush their teeth in the early hours can be nerve-wracking, a nice tip is to include them in the process when you're in front of the bathroom mirror. Let them watch you. Therefore they won't feel like they must do what they have been told, but rather just go with it and join you.

This is how Olivia does it...

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"My son, who’s 3, wakes me up and comes with me to the bathroom and we brush our teeth together.

"He recently discovered my electronic toothbrush which he calls the robot brush - he now uses that. He’ll also watch me as I wash my face."

Children are likely to adjust to your behaviour and copy the things you do. That is why they play games, in which they pretend to be a married couple or to cook like mummies and daddies do.

You can start to include your kids in loads of different everyday activities from a really young age. Olivia's son Otis turned three about a month ago and already helps her prepare breakfast.

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"Then I’ll go make breakfast for Otis, and he helps me make coffee. We hang out, play games, read books. My daughter Daisy wakes up at around the same time and we’ll all play. 

"Mornings are really sacred and lovely."

What does a Hollywood star have for breakfast you ask?
Sometimes it's a "G-free bagel and cashew cheese and plants and mangoes", but most of the time Olivia keeps it simple. [Editors note: Seriously? Big Olivia fan but she's veering a little too close towards Gwynies Goop territory here. Which working mum has time to make this or the 'simple' toast below?  #justsayin].

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"For breakfast, I make avocado toast and sometimes a smoothie—I alternate between the two." 

"My toast is pretty standard: chili flakes, good olive oil, lemon juice, and salt of course - always salt. In my smoothies, I’m a big fan of almond butter - I’ve found it’s a constant in my smoothies.

"I’ll use banana, almond milk, almond butter, then some kind of green - maybe spinach or kale and blueberries," Olivia writes.

A mummy's breakfast shouldn't just be quick and healthy. Taste also matters!

You want to start your day in a good mood and with a great attitude. A yummy smoothie helps with that. Olivia says: "Sometimes I’ll use cacao to make a yummy chocolatey thing that tastes more like a shake than a smoothie. People who do just straight green smoothies are too intense for me."

Her son gets spoiled with a chocolaty treat for breakfast, which is totally fine - just watch the portions to make sure that your little ones are staying healthy as well.

"Otis really likes oatmeal with chocolate chips, which might make me irresponsible but I give him chocolate chip oatmeal every morning. Just a little, but he feels like it’s a lot so I perpetuate that myth to make it feel super-special", the Third Person actress writes.

A few weeks ago Olivia took to Instagram to share a sweet picture of her son Otis reading a children's book while she was reading the news.

"Saturdaaaaze. (I read the news and he reads Darth Vader & Friends and there's literally no difference.)"

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Besides a lovely breakfast and some play time, Olivia and her kids like to move around to get the energy going in those early hours.

"Mornings always involve a little dance party."

"My son luckily has good taste in music, so usually a lot of Chance the Rapper and Michael Jackson. Well, recently he’s been into the Blue Man Group so we’ve been listening to a lot of those recordings—that’s a really intense way to start the day, let me tell you," the actress admits.

Olivia cherishes that brisk quality time she gets to spend with her kids in the morning.

"It’s a very sweet time before the madness of the day begins." 

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After the kids are in bed and settled Olivia will work out, if she has time.

"I’ll work out in my house, or if I have time I’ll go to a studio or a class - but I have less and less time to do that, so it’s all about finding stolen moments.

"Now that I’m doing a play, in my dressing room if I have 20 minutes before a show, I know enough routines to do my own and squeeze it in when I can."

There are numerous little things you can do to keep your everyday life a little more organised and less stressful. You've just got to be clever with your time, when you're a busy mum and find routines that fit into your lifestyle and work for your family.

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Your little one is still a baby like Olivia's adorable Daisy? Check out 5 Tips to take the stress out of feeding by clicking here.

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