Creating A "Momma Time" Routine

May 21, 2017

This is going to be a part of the Minimalist Momma Life Challenge. BUT I wanted to share a tiny snippit before June. It's an important part of being a Momma. I even had a lady at church this morning stop me to tell me I HAVE to take care of myself. Honestly I was a tiny bit annoyed because I feel like I do for the most part and she mentioned that I'm losing weight...but I've been trying because I gained so much after Sparrow and our time in the hospital with Caleb. So, I thought I would share a "Momma Time Routine" with y'all. I know it's important that I take care of myself so that I can give my family my best and take care of them and I hope you know that too.

It doesn't have to be an extremely long time that you spend by yourself or an extravagant thing. It just simply needs to be time that you can stop and breathe. A time that you can just chill and gather your thoughts. If you're not a mom or you're one of those perfect mommas that I will never be that has EVERYTHING together and your house looks perfect and you get time to yourself every week, then you can disregard this post and I am jealous because I do not have it all together. But I also don't think I would change a thing in my life either. So there's that I guess

  1. Find a drink (coffee, tea, DP, Coke, OJ, etc.) you love, make it and go sit by yourself somewhere for at least 5 minutes. If you don't have a great place to go sit on your porch or just stand outside or walk down your driveway and back. I sit out on our tiny 5 square foot porch all the time.
  2. Journal. This is a great way to get all of your day out of your head or to decompose things. I used to journal every single day and I am determined to do it again. As a part of a discipline I want to write everyday in a prayer coming on this soon.
  3. Take a walk. I know some of you don't have the luxury of leaving the house. Once I was on the verge of losing my mind. Sparrow wouldn't take a nap for anything and hadn't slept the night before and this was when Caleb was really weak after a round of chemo and I thought I was going to blow, so once she FINALLY fell asleep I took her monitor and just walked for a few minutes up and down the road right in front of our house (don't worry it reached) and gathered my thoughts.
  4. Take a bath or a shower. I don't know about the rest of you Mommas but when Sparrow was born I would go days without a shower. I was too tired when someone else was watching her and just slept as much as I could. I remember once I slept in so late and then even asked Caleb's mom to watch her longer so I could shower and still to this day I feel bad for that, but I needed a shower so bad. Baths aren't really my thing, but a good hot shower that just runs on my shoulders after sitting up feeding her every few hours always does my body good.
  5. Read. Find a book or a series and "get lost in that reality" not that we shouldn't have a healthy grip on reality, but I think everyone that reads understands this concept. Even if you don't like reading, you can find easy readers all over the place. I had a goal of reading a book a month this year. But with a baby, that's not always possible when you read hard or thick ones, so just to be able to say I read a book a month I got some 5th grade level classics just in case I forgot or ran low on time. (I do realize that's kind of cheating, but I figured most of America is on a 5th grade reading level or I'm counting it.)

If you have an hour or so this is a great time to do a few of these things. I like to make a cup of coffee or hot tea, light candles, make a bath with essential oils, epsom salts, and bubble bath and soak for a little bit. Whatever it is that you enjoy doing....take some time and have a "Momma Time Routine" Try and do this at least once per week. I try to do this at least once a day, but that's wishful thinking sometimes. `

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