I always wanted to have a lot of kids and I wanted to have them close together. I envisioned them playing, going to school events together, and hanging out with each other’s friends.
I didn’t envision more than eight years straight of kids in diapers, crying, and the relentless demands of young motherhood.
My husband tried to help when he got home from work, but the short breaks never felt like enough and I reached a point where I felt depleted. A visit to the doctor told me that my stress was affecting my health.
I realized that I had to do something to get that much needed time for myself. I decided to get up just a little bit earlier than my kids. I started a daily morning routine.
It wasn’t always long, but I consistently started to do something for myself every day, before the kids got up. I would go in the office, shut the door, and for at least a few minutes do some yoga poses and deep breathing. That was it.
But that one little change rippled throughout my whole day.
I was calmer when everyone was crying. I could clean up spills without getting upset. That crazy pre-dinner hour? Still crazy, but now I could laugh about the fact that everyone seemed to come unglued at the same time.
My morning routine has shifted and changed over the years, but what has stayed the same is that I now understand that I need time daily to take care of myself.
This short video will help you understand how even the busiest mom can get started with a morning routine.
0:00 Morning routines and self-care intro
0:50 What having a morning routine will do for you
1:40 How to simplify your morning routine
2:20 Why you need to start really small
3:05 The power of consistency
4:05 Just do what you can—one small step is enough
QUESTION: Do you have daily self-care time?
CHALLENGE: Watch the video and find a consistent time each day when you can devote a little time to caring for yourself and giving yourself a chance to recharge. Start small and be consistent! Does it make a difference in your days?
Edited by Kimberly Price.
Image provided by the author.