Happy Monday Ya’ll!
One thing I’ve learned when I became a stay at home mom is that self-care is important. Trying to raise two tiny humans is hard and my anxiety skyrockets multiple times a day. I constantly get the fear that I’m not doing a good enough job raising my children because of it. Motherhood is without a doubt the hardest job anyone can ever experience. We give so much to others around us, we need to replenish ourselves. My routine always falls at the end of the day when my kids are asleep, or mid-morning while my daughter is napping and my son is still at Pre-k. I understand a lot of mothers say they simply don’t have time. But, self-care doesn’t need to be hours out of the day. It could be only 20 minutes by simply reading a few pages out of a book, or lowering the lights and resting your eyes for a few minutes. Every phase of motherhood is different, and every mother’s schedule is different, but I believe you can always find a few minutes out of the day to refresh your mind and keep your day running smoothly. I wanted to share my self-care routines and hopefully it’ll motivate other mothers to make time for themselves also.
“You owe yourself the love
that you so freely give
to other people”
My nightly routine is a little more complex than my mid-morning routine.
- Facial Cleansing. I am big on facial skin care, and this is my first step of relaxation. If I have any makeup on, it gets removed. I either do a mud mask or an exfoliation mask and follow up with a nightly moisturizer. A clean, fresh face boosts my confidence and makes me feel great.
- Hot Bath. Something about a hot bath with some bubbles or a bath bomb puts my mind at ease. I’ll lay in my bath tub for about 30 minutes and just enjoy the quiet, which is something I don’t get often.
- Gain Some Motivation. I spend a few minutes out my night on Pinterest reading some motivational quotes or posts. I like going to sleep with a positive mind set. I never like going to sleep with negativity. Reading something positive before bed makes my mood much happier in the mornings.
- Talk to My Husband. I like to talk to my husband at night about my day. The good, the bad, the ugly… he hears it all. I’m sure he doesn’t like my venting, but you would never know. He listens to me, and that’s really relieving to me.
- Going to Bed Early. I try not to stay up late. A good night’s rest is a great way to replenish your mind and prepare you for the next day. It’s easily one of best ways to boost my energy for the next day. I always try to get a good 7 to 8-hour nightly rest. Of course, that can be hard with children, but I always try to best.
My mid-morning routine is a lot shorter, and (usually) more upbeat.
- Music. I try to put on a few of my favorite songs and sing my little heart out. I might even dance around a little. A good song and some crazy singing can always relieve some tension.
- Exercise. I think you all know I’m into fitness. I try to get my workout routine in while my daughter naps. Somehow sweating like a pig is completely enjoyable.
- Eye Masks. My mom bags are serious! I want nothing more than to get rid of these bags under my eyes. If you look back to my review on my winter FabFitFun Box, I received the Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle & Energizing Eye Masks. There are AMAZING. They make my eyes feel so energized and they bring life back to these exhausted eyes. I try to put these one a few times a week for a little pick me up.
- Dim the Lights and Relax. If I’m super exhausted, I try to lower the lights and give myself a break also. I lay on the couch, mute the television and give myself some quiet time because when my son gets home, quiet is impossible!
I hope all you moms find some time for yourself. You totally deserve it!
What do you do for self-care? I’d love to hear!