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I always knew that once my husband and I started having kids, I would want to stay at home with them. And luckily, the hubs was on board with that! I know I am very blessed to have the opportunity to stay at home with my two little ones, and don’t take it for granted.
But let me just say, ladies, it is hard.
Every once in a while, I cringe as soon as I hear the first cry of my youngest. I just want to roll over and get a few more minutes of much-needed sleep. These days just feel mountainous the instant I wake.
On the mornings that start off not ideally, and even on the normal days, if I can get through a quick and easy morning routine, my outlook can completely be turned around. I will warn you though, it’s not anything that is genius. They are actually pretty obvious. But to an over-tired SAHM, these steps are golden.
A Morning Routine for the SAHM
Seriously. I don’t care when it happens, just do it. It will make you feel better. Like 100% better. Trust me.
For awhile, with my first, I would shower at night. Once she was ‘of age’, I would put on a morning cartoon for her in order to get a shower in. Now that I have two, I usually don’t get into the shower until morning nap takes place for the baby.
But I do it. Even on days where I feel I have more important things to do during that coveted nap time. And it always makes me feel better. Which, in turn, helps me get through the day.
2. get dressed.
Get out of those pajamas girl! Even if you love being in leggings and a top. Or lounge clothes. The action of changing out of something that you sleep in does wonders to your outlook on the day. Putting on something clean really does make a huge difference.
The key is to dress yourself for success. Some of you may feel great and ready to tackle the day in work-out gear. And that is fine! Personally, I’m a jeans and nice shirt kind-of-gal. If I feel good about what I’m dressed in, I am in a much better mind-set to tackle the day with two little ones.
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3. hair and make-up.
I am by no means high maintenance. When I say do your hair and make-up, I don’t mean anything extravagant. Just the act of drying my hair and making sure it is brushed is enough for me! And it’s the same for make-up. I think I’ve got my ‘routine’ down to about 5 minutes. Even if I only have time for a little eye-liner and lip gloss, the way I feel is so much better.
As I’ve said above, when you feel good about yourself and how you look, it is so much easier to tackle the day! And I know that may sound superficial, but it all has to do with self-care. If you aren’t caring for yourself, it can be so hard to care for your children.
I know you wouldn’t want your child to skip breakfast, so make sure you don’t either! Eat with them if you need to. If you’re skipping breakfast, aka the most important meal of the day, you just aren’t going to have the energy to tackle the day. To break up fights or clean up the toys for the tenth time before noon. Start your day right. Eat breakfast.
To emphasize, breakfast is so important because it truly influences how we perform physically and mentally throughout the day. Take care of your body so you can take care of your kids.
Last, but in no way least, is spending some quiet time in your daily devotions. All of the above is important in terms of physically, mentally, and emotionally. But you need to make sure you care for yourself spiritually too. I am in no way perfect with this. In fact, most days I get through #1-3, and I may skip #4 sometimes. But devotions. Spiritual food. This is where I can be lacking most often. And I have found that there is a noticeable difference in how I can handle myself and how I respond to my children when I am in my devotions versus when I am out of my daily devotions.
I’ve been going through a bible study on the book of Ephesians recently. There were a couple of bits of text that have really stuck with me in terms of daily devotions that I want to leave you with:
“If you miss a day, don’t get discouraged. Satan would love for you to give up. We think he wins if we miss a day, but really he wins only if missing a day makes us miss another.”
“What you do when you spend time with God is not nearly so important as that you spend time with God.”
Following God: The Book of Ephesians by Eddie Rasnake
What is one thing that helps get you through the day? I’d love to learn from you!