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 self-care 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.
“An empty lantern provides no light.”
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?
Morning Self-Care Necessities:
- Soft Light
- Hot Drink
What to Avoid:
- To-Do List
My 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…
- Get up and Make the Bed.
- Start brewing coffee.
- Put away clean dishes and swap laundry while the coffee brews (this helps me to feel ahead which improves my mood).
- Take my (much needed) supplements with a large glass of water.
- Sit down with my bowl of coffee…I have upgraded from cups ;)…, a Milano cookie, my Bible, and my devotional book.
- Read, sip, and snack under a cozy blanket before the sun comes up.
- Shower, brush teeth, and get dressed
- 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.