I see you checking out the title… wellness routine… ha! I know, I know, that’s something we used to have the privilege of partaking in before our little ones came along, right? Well, doesn’t have to be!
You see, life used to be real simple. There was time for gym, and yoga, if or when I wanted to go. Then we had a baby… As our first born grew up, and life got more complicate, and poof!!… no more mom-time… Then add in another baby and, wow! Mom really needed to figure out a plan of action!
One thing that I have come to realise is that when I am feeling good, things work so much better in my household, and my whole family benefits…basically, mom’s wellness routine becomes the family wellness routine by default 🙂 . Here is what I’ve found makes a HUGE difference to my wellbeing.
The morning rush
1.Wake up before everyone else (aim for 1 hour):I know you don’t want to, but it really does make a huge difference! Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, go outside and do a deep-breathing exercise or read a passage from a daily inspiration book. This will become your favorite part of the day, i promise).
2.Keep breakfast simple and happy:
Yes, nutrition is important, but save the arguments for later in the day. Try to make something that everyone will eat and enjoy, it really is important to start the day on a positive foot. 2 Ingredient Banana Pancakes (thekitchn.com) and a smoothie (realsimple.com) are a good healthy option.
3.Do any preparations the night before: This includes school lunches, laying out school uniforms, putting the baby stroller in the car, etc. It cuts the pressure in the morning, and also decreases the possibility of forgetting something.
4.Relax about the mess: Apart from the fixed time when you ‘clean the house’, try to relax…I battle with this, because I really, REALLY don’t like clutter, but what I have done is come to a ‘compromise’ with myself. If i see something that is out of it’s place, and I am going to walk past the place where that thing belongs, I will pick it up and put it away, otherwise, I will try to relax until it is time to tidy up. 🙂
Right around midday
5.Get the blood flowing a bit:
This is when my little one naps, so I will try and do a little bit of yoga, which i’ve just started, or go and swim a few laps in the pool if my niece is home to babysit.
6.Take a breather: Just before my daughter wakes up from her nap, I sit down with my older daughter, make us a cup of tea and we discuss nonsense for a bit. Sometimes this can be real exhausting (she’s almost 13 🙂 ) but generally, it really adds a special element to my day.
Night-time is the right-time
7. Make cooking fun:
My daughter loves hanging around the kitchen while I’m cooking, and it seems like the little one is going to be doing the same thing – she can barely walk and already it’s the first place she heads to! Instead of getting stressed out and trying to chase everyone out, why not assign everyone their own little job to do?Even the littlest helpers can stir or bang something…(at this stage, my daughter specializes in stirring and banging empty bowls)
8. Put the kids to bed early: I’m still trying to perfect this one, hmmm….with premolars cutting and the sun not setting until 9.30pm at the moment, bedtime is my nemesis at the moment….. I do so hope I come right soon because there are so many benefits to putting the kids to bed early. Health benefits for them, sanity benefits for us parents… oh, please, someday soon….
9. Take a nice long shower or pampering bath:
Do a face or hair mask at least once a week, shave your legs (if you want to 🙂 ) When you get out the shower, wrap yourself in the biggest,fluffiest towel you have, flop onto your bed and stay like that for two minutes, just being. Just lay there and smile…
Think of your wonderful kids, all the blessings in your life, and smile. Even if it sounds silly reading it, I promise, it’ll feel good doing it.
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