Find time for self-care throughout the day can be a little tricky. Between work, taking care of the kids, managing the house and finding time for your husband, can feel like there’s little time left for you.
You have to make time for yourself. You are important just like everyone else. And you need time to replenish yourself and build yourself up so that you can continue to be a good wife and mother.
I have a simple nighttime routine to help you get daily self-care without taking hours of time.
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My Nightly Self-care Routine
Check out my simple night routine that you can use and modify to make work for your needs.
Get the kids on an evening routine
First, get the kids to bed. The easiest way to have a nightly self-care routine is to have the kids on an evening routine as well. Make sure that the kids have an evening routine so it’s easy for them to know that it’s time for bed.
For instance every night they will play for a while, eat dinner, bathe, brush their teeth and then get in bed. Having an evening routine makes your life easier so that you can minimize resistance and have them fall asleep easier.
Once the kids are in bed or sleeping, start your evening self-care routine by doing some light stretching. It doesn’t have to be anything major, but enough to get your muscles relaxed and stretched.
Throughout the day your muscles can get tense. Especially if you are sitting most of the day. Stretching is important to keep your muscles healthy, strong and flexible. It also improves circulation.
Before moving to the next step make sure that you drink some water. Staying hydrated is super important. If you are not tracking your water, it’s probably likely that you haven’t gotten enough water during the day.
Some make sure that to drink a glass of water to help keep your body hydrated happy.
Shower with special scents
Next, take a relaxing shower. You have had a lot noise and movement around you. Take this time to be still and enjoy the quiet.
You can light candles or use a wax warmer. I like to use a body wash that is formulated for aromatherapy like Bath and Body Works. My favorite is Happiness.
Make sure when you’re in the shower and using the body wash, make sure to take slow, deep breaths to get the best results.
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Use a gratitude journal
After taking your relaxing shower, grab your journal and write down 5 things that you’re grateful for.
Gratitude is so important for helping you to keep a positive mindset. It is easy to focus on what’s wrong and forget about the positive feeling you had throughout the day.
By making a conscious effort to focus on gratitude daily, your mental health will improve.
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Meditate and/or pray
Before going to bed spend a few minutes meditating or praying. You are more than a body and soul. You have a spirit.
By spending time daily meditating and/or praying, you build up your spirit so that you are able to conquer what is ahead of you.
Not sure about meditating? Try guided meditation. You can even use this to help you fall asleep.
Recap the nightly self-care routine:
- Get the kids to bed
- Do light stretching
- Drink water
- Write 5 things you are grateful for
- Mediate and/or pray
Let me know in the comments what are your favorite things to incorporate in your nightly self-care routine.