Mamas- yesterday we chatted about your heart and your mind and today we’re going to chat about setting yourself up for success with a self-care routine for the fall. A few days ago we also chatted about an oily routine for your little people and today I’m going to share my supplement routine with you. If you missed any of the previous posts from this week, click here to find all of them linked.
I want to teach my kids well. I want to love them well. And I want to be the best version of myself I can be for my husband so I have to take care of me. Self-care is not selfish. I preach that to myself all the time, especially when the schedule looks busy and it doesn’t look like I have time for something I should be doing for myself.
Making time for yourself, as a mom, is not convenient. Oftentimes it opens up so many cans of worms. Making yourself a hair appointment means you have to wait until your husband gets home or you have to find someone to watch your kids. Taking that yoga class means you have to see if they gym offers child care or again, you have to find someone to watch your kids. There are so many moving parts and I have often fallen into the trap of just thinking I’ll cancel an appointment because the trouble of keeping the appointment just seems like too much trouble.
But feeling run down because I’ve not taken care of myself is also not worth it. Here are a few tips and routines I’ve developed over the past year or so that have really left me feeling better and more filled up so I can pour more out.
Make all of your hair appointments ahead of time. You know you need to get your hair cut every few months, so go ahead and make all of your hair appointments between now and Christmas. Go ahead. Do it. You can always reschedule them if something comes up, but you also have them on your calendar so no last minute “trying to find someone to cut your hair because you saw this cute cut but your regular stylist is all booked up this week and then you run to the mall and make a terrible mistake”. I’ve been there. It’s not pretty.
Get your eyebrows done. Outside of my hair, this is the only other appointment I make for myself on a semi-regular basis. I’m only there for 15 minutes but I leave and my eyebrows look groomed and my face feels amazing and I got to lay down for a bit and my esthetitian is a good friend so we catch up and it’s just all around one of those things I look forward to.
Make time a few times a month to catch up with a friend in real life, face to face or at least where you can see each others faces (Facetime, Google hangout, Zoom). Here’s the thing- being in my house all day with my kids and running my business online, it can feel lonely sometimes and my poor husband gets an earful from me every night. I’ve been saving it up all day for the first adult I see. Lol. I make it a point to have regular coffee dates with friends so I can talk to adults. It’s so important for me.
Wash your face. I know that sounds crazy but at night time after you’re done the homework thing and the dishes after dinner thing and tucked those precious ones into bed, it’s easy to forget about your face and just fall right into bed yourself. Don’t do that. I find that the earlier in the night I wash my face, the better the chances of it getting done. If I put the kids to bed and then sit and watch Netflix for an hour, I’m tired and will usually just run off to bed and totally neglect my face. But if I do it while my son is brushing his teeth and then put them to bed and then watch Netflix, when I’m tired and ready to go to bed, my face is already clean. Win-win!
Get some exercise. Get outside mama! Or just do some laps around your living room. Do not over-complicate this. This does not have to look like the cutest workout gear or even tennis shoes. This does not have to look like a gym membership. It does have to look like you moving your body. It does have to look like you getting your heart rate up. Getting that heart rate up is so good for your health and it’s a great stress reducer.
Take your supplements. Give your body what it needs. Here’s a rundown of my supplement routine. It’s taken me a while to land here after some research and doctor appointments that told me what my body was lacking. You do your own research and get yourself one of those old-lady pill boxes to keep them all straight.
Ningxia Red- 2 oz every morning
Super C- mega dose of vitamin C to up my immune system
Super B- so many B vitamins for energy and heart health
Multigreens- lots of greens. I do not eat enough green veggies so this gives me all the good stuff I need from the green veggies I don’t eat.
BLM- nutritional support for healthy joints
Cortistop- an herbal supplement to help my body process cortisol (cortisol is the stress hormone and if your body can’t process it well, then you’ll have a host of problems)
Mineral Essense- lots of minerals to help my skin, hair, teeth and bones
Vitamin D- I am Vitamin D deficient
Life 9- super pro-biotic to help my gut health
Go on a date with your husband or with a girlfriend. Get out of the house to eat a meal. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It could be takeout at the park. But get out of the house. And plan it so you have something to look forward to.
Make something. Bake something. Paint something. Write something. Our culture is about consumption. We need more creators. Our children need to see us create.
Establish a spiritual routine. And by routine- I don’t mean a law or set of traditions without meaning. I mean- make space for your spiritual life and for you to nurture your spirit and your relationship with God. Make time to read your Bible and journal. Make time to pray. Make time to attend church.
And that’s it for our School Year Prep series. I hope this week has left you feeling:
inspired to create a routine to nurture your soul
inspired to create something for yourself
inspired to take care of yourself, mama
inspired to be proactive with your kids’ health
encouraged to create a meal map so dinner time is one less place you feel defeated
encouraged to plan your cleaning schedule around your actual life
encouraged to read that stack of books
encouraged to plan that date with your husband
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