Self-Care Routine For Busy Moms
With so many things going on in the world it's so easy to experience anxiety more, feel depressed more or just unmotivated. Social media tends to heighten these emotions because images that aren't normal to see over and over again are unhealthy. And if you're constantly trying to keep up you will begin to experience anxiety on a daily basis.
Well maybe, this isn't the case for everyone, but for me when I am constantly exposing myself to images and conversations that aren't great for my mental health. It's easy for these things to affect me on a daily basis.
Normally, when this happens, I don't feel motivated at all, I don't want to create I tend to slack when it comes to exercising and eating clean. And have even felt that what I was doing just doesn't serve a purpose.
Have you felt this way?
I know I am not alone.
To be honest as a mom, it's really a challenge to find quiet time with just you and your thoughts and nothing else. At the beginning of the year, I made the decision that I would wake up at 6 am. That didn't work, being that my daughter decided that she too would wake up then. So I decided to wake up at 5 am, but that was only an hour to myself, so I worked my way up to waking up at 4 am.
Honestly, this is still a challenge, whenever I mention that I wake up at 4 am, I get the crazed look. It's definitely a challenge but it's honestly the perfect time for me to really prepare my headspace for the day.
My alarm goes off every day except for Sunday, at 4:10. Once my alarm goes off, I get right up, laying back down, closing my eyes will only make me go right back to sleep. everything that I need in the morning such as my journal, headphones, pen, highlighter and books and a bathrobe. Are placed neatly so I can easily grab them.
I don't like to spend my morning self-care routine at my desk. Instead, I head to the living room grab my blanket and sit on the couch. It's comfortable and positions me to relax, rather than be in work mode.
Now, again this took some time when I first started waking up this early because I didn't have much to do, I would fall asleep at around 5. But now I have a routine in place that allows me to be productive.
No social media before 7 am
I make it a habit to not check social media before 7 am. This is a huge challenge, but I am definitely getting better at. As someone who always struggles with comparison, I find that immediately checking my phone as soon as I wake up is not healthy for me at all. I need to make sure that the first few hours of my day are dedicated to me and are used to build up my faith and confidence for the day.
I know that 7 am is still early for social media for some, but it works for me at the moment.
Coffee & Morning Read
To be honest, without my morning cup of coffee, I would probably sleep in. This is a self-care treat to myself. I've recently been adding in Macha Powder, along with cacao powder into my coffee! So delicious, def try it out. I also, like to make fresh lemon & lime water with chia seeds. I noticed that adding chia seeds in my water suppresses my appetite a bit as I have the tendency to overeat a ton of sweets and unhealthy foods throughout the day.
Once I make my morning coffee I always start with journaling or reading a book.
Lately, the current book that I have been reading is called “ The Logic Of God” First off I love the fact that book is hardbound. I love hardbound books as they are so aesthetically pleasing. But the most important thing is the knowledge that’s within these pages.
Many of us have different doubts when it comes to the bible, christianity and the relevancy for this generation. The book covers 52 Christian Essentials For The Heart And Mind. Each section is very short and concise getting straight to the point. It’s also very easy to read and perfect for your morning routine. Each section has 2 Reflection Questions along with 2 ways that you can apply it to your life.
There is actually a giveaway for this book going on and you can enter to win a signed copy! You can enter the giveaway here.
Create a Sacred Space
Morning Work Routine
Sometimes, I am lucky enough to get a blog post written and watch a webinar during this time. Doing these things throughout the day has proven to be a task to accomplish during the day. Because, I also work from home and it's important that I focus on my job, trying to multitask tends to slow me down most of the time.
The night before I make a list of all of the things that I want to do, during this time, so that way I can have a plan. I've learned to enjoy writing a blog post during this time, as it allows me to create double the content and mark off my blog goals.
At about, 7 am is when my self-care/quiet time ends and it's time for my mommy duties! I recently wrote about our morning routine here.
Morning time is my quiet time that I dedicate back to God, I spend time in prayer, reading a daily devotional filling out my prayer journal, listening to worship music as well as some of my favorite sermons on youtube. But most importantly I like to start my day with gratitude, thanking God for all that he has blessed me with.
I am very guilty of comparing myself, the things that God has blessed me with to others. This only hurts myself throughout the day, as whenever I do this, it really gives me a heavy feeling and I tend to navigate through the day with an ungrateful heart.
While I am doing this, it's important that I set the tone, so I love to burn incense and light candles. This creates a more intimate feel and just really helps me with my anxiety. There is something about burning incense and candles that changes the energy of a room.
What does your self-care routine look like? Is it a daily thing or a once a week routine?