Life as a mother is rewarding, fulfilling, and full of importance & meaning. The importance and rewards, however, do not negate the stress, demands, messiness, and monotony that are easy to fall into for a mama of littles. I have found that my stress lowers, my frustration toward life’s demands reduces, and the monotony is broken on days when I follow my morning self-care routine.
Why do I think a morning routine is important for mothers? Let’s think about this for a sec..
When you are on an airplane, whose oxygen mask are you supposed to put on first in the case of an emergency…yours or your children’s? Yours, right??
What if your neighbor comes over to borrow a cup of sugar, but you are all out of sugar yourself? You can’t help them because you haven’t filled your own pantry!
The same thing goes for the daily life of a mother. She cannot pour into her children if her own cup is empty. She cannot care for them properly if she has not first cared for herself because “An empty lantern provides no light”.
7 Necessities for a Mama’s Morning Self-Care Routine:
So what should you include in your morning self-care routine? What should you avoid? How can you determine the best use of your morning quiet time?
If you are surrounded by noise and distractions, it can be almost impossible to relax and think or pray. This is why I get up before the kids. After they wake up, all chances of quiet disappear.
2. Soft Light
Dim your lights or turn them off and light candles. You can also turn off your lights and open the windows to let light from the sunrise into your home.
Hydration is a key factor in health, wellness, and general happiness. If you are dehydrated, you will find yourself becoming frustrated and tired more easily throughout the day. Add water to your morning routine to get your hydration off to the right start. Throw in a little Slim for an extra boost!
I have actually just purchased a large (1/2 gallon) Water Jug to help me ensure that I drink enough water throughout the day.
4. Hot Drink
I prefer coffee as my morning hot drink and tea as my evening hot drink, but they both serve the same purpose here. If you want a more natural drink, heat some water and add 2 TBSP of honey and a little lemon juice.
Grab a good book, a devotional, and a Bible to get your head in the right space before you begin your day. Say a prayer for grace & patience because mamas need both in heavy measure. Some of my favorite books include: The Glorious Ordinary, Here Goes Nothing, Hope Unfolding, Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord, and Hand Made (for Christian encouragement & recipes).
6. Pen and Paper
Keep a pen close by so that you can jot down thoughts & ideas than run through your mind during this time. You want to keep your mind uncluttered so you can start fresh. Moving thoughts out of your head and onto paper help tremendously with this.
I cannot function without good supplements. For years, I suffered with debilitating health issues, exhaustion, weakness, and depression. I finally found supplements that have cleared all of the issues and I am a better mama for it. I take them every single morning and I can tell a big negative difference if I miss them. There are more posts about what I use specifically coming down the pipe, but in the mean time, you can check them out here and message me if you have questions.
4 Things to Avoid During Your Morning Self-Care Routine:
1. Your Phone
Leave your phone in a place where you can’t see or hear it. You don’t need that distraction during self-care time.
2. Your Emails
Save the emails for later in the day when you have already been refreshed and woken up well.
3. The Television
When your TV is on, you can’t relax and refresh properly. Leave the screen off until quiet time is over.
4. Your To-Do List
Don’t keep your to-do list in front of you or you will just be overwhelmed. You don’t want overwhelm during you self-care routine. If you think of something that needs to be done later in the day, jot it down on your blank paper to get the thought out of your mind, but leave it at that.
My Personal Morning Self-Care Routine
My youngest kids like to get up early so I have to get up extra early to get my self-care routine in each day, but if I skip it, my whole day is thrown off so I make it a priority. This routine only takes 30 minutes or so which is perfect because my days are full as it is. You can adjust the routine to fit your schedule and interests as you like, but here is what I do…
1. Get up and make the bed.
- Making the bed is one small step that can make you feel successful & productive before you even leave your bedroom.
2. Start brewing a pot of coffee.
- Usually I will turn on a podcast like The Purpose Show or some music like Francesca Battestelli’s When the Crazy Kicks In while I start the coffee.
3. Put away clean dishes and swap laundry while the coffee brews
- This helps me to stay ahead of the messes that will happen throughout the day.
4. Take my (much needed) supplements with a large glass of water.
- I never took supplements until about a year ago. I kind of thought that they were totally uneccesary, After many years of doctor visits to figure out why I felt so badly all day every day, I discovered that my body just needed a boost and now they are an essential in my morning self-care routine.
5. Sit down with my bowl of coffee, a Milano cookie, my Bible, and a good devotional book.
- Yes, I said bowl… My coffee cups are the size of soup bowls and that is just the way I like it. This part of my morning self-care routine make me feel cozy and it refills my cup- or bowl ;)- more than you would think.
6. Shower, brush teeth, and get dressed.
- I have been guilty of waiting to do these things until well after lunch. After all, I am home all day…why would I need to get ready? I need to get ready for myself! If I feel good about myself then I will feel more positive throughout the day.
7. Put on makeup and fix hair (even if it is just a messy bun).
- This helps me to feel more put together and it increases my self-confidence even if I am staying home all day.
8. Stretch or do a short 5-10 minute work out.
- I like to at least stretch a little in the morning to wake my body up.
9. Now I am ready to start the day!
I will admit that some mornings I fail to get up when I should, BUT I still have my coffee and read Scripture before starting my day. If I am going somewhere and don’t have the flexibility to sit and read before leaving on late-wake days, I will listen to a podcast or my audio Bible while I am driving.
You can create your own Daily Routine that includes your Morning Self-Care Routine and…
Download my printable Self-Care Worksheet in the Member Resource Library (coming soon) to create your own self-care routine!
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