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Even though it might seem as though you’re stuck in a Groundhog’s Day of yoga pants and messy buns, you can still look and feel like a million bucks!
It’s after midnight, and I’ve just put my third son back to bed for the umpteenth time. (By the way, what number exactly is “umpteenth?” I’ve always wondered this.) I’m tired. I’m really tired. I want to throw in the towel and go to sleep right now.
But, I have things I need to do. I’m going to get them accomplished and then go to sleep for however many hours are left in the night. I know I’m going to wake up feeling exhausted in the morning.
To be honest, in this season of my life, that’s a pretty familiar feeling . . . exhaustion. It sometimes seems like no matter how much sleep is availed to me, I still feel that ever-lingering exhaustion.
But, I don’t let that exhaustion keep me from feeling great each day. I don’t let that exhaustion throw me into the endless loop of yoga pants and messy buns. I don’t let that exhaustion discourage me into the Groundhog Day of motherhood.
I used to.
I used to feel like it was always going to be the same old, same old. Day in and day out felt like a constant cycle of repetition.
I knew I had to do something. I knew I had to change it, and I did. I realized there were little things that I could do each day to take care of myself and not feel like I was stuck. When I started implementing these things, I no longer felt like the mom who was trapped in a circle of repetitious life.
I started feeling more motivated to do other things, to break beyond the barrier of sameness.
You see, as a mom you spend so much time caring for your family that you tend to lose a sense of yourself. You stop caring so much for yourself and that’s when you fall into the seemingly never-ending waves of the same thing over and over again.
You see, taking care of yourself isn’t a matter of selfishness. It is a matter of helping yourself be the best you can be for both you and your family. When you’re taking care of yourself, you’re also taking care of your family at the same time, because caring for yourself helps you mentally and emotionally.
It’s amazing what making just a few simple changes to your morning can do for the rest of your day. You can literally set the tone for your day right from the beginning.
I will preface this to say that it does require discipline. If you’re like me and have children in school, it requires getting up a bit earlier. Or it just simply requires getting up at all.
SET A CONSISTENT WAKE TIME
I’ll be honest, I used to just wake up whenever the kids crawled into bed and woke me up. But, it was inconsistent. Some mornings, they were poking at my face at 6 a.m. Other times, it might not have been until 7:30 or even 8. My body was becoming exhausted by the inconsistency, and I didn’t even realize it.
So, I established a set time I would wake up each morning.
That’s my time.
No sooner, no later. If the kids try to wake me sooner than that, I simply tell them that it is not mommy’s wake time and that they will just have to wait till my alarm goes off. Oftentimes, I end up finding that they too had gone back to sleep.
Putting yourself into a consistent waking cycle helps to balance out your body clock, and you find yourself having an easier time waking each morning.
I can hear you chuckling at this one because you know it’s true. There are some days when you don’t even want to get dressed and pajamas just feel plain awesome. Now, I know I’m speaking mostly to stay-at-home moms right now, but this principal can still somewhat apply to working moms depending on where you work.
Okay, so you get dressed. But, what do you dress into?
A few days ago, a friend of mine had come over to chat and out of the blue she said, “Lydia, you always look so put together! I love your outfit, down to the pearl earrings!”
You know what’s funny? The most going out I had done that day was drop my son off at school and then pick him back up from school.
But, I didn’t dress for going out. I dressed for home. I dressed this way because I knew I would be more productive this way . . . and I was!
I had gotten so much accomplished that day because I felt confident in what I was wearing.
I left the yoga pants in the drawer and pulled out a pair of jeans. I went to the closet for a shirt instead of my t-shirt drawer.
And it felt great!
I felt good about myself and it showed in what I accomplished that day, because I was actually motivated to accomplish things.
PUT ON A LITTLE MAKEUP
Even if you weren’t able to shower (because, let’s face it, showering can be a difficult task with kids), just take at least five minutes to dab on some makeup.
Simply the act of putting on makeup has a way of waking you up.
Then, when you are finished, you feel great!
EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST
If your mornings look anything like mine, then you find yourself rushing about, trying to get diapers changed, kids dressed and fed, shoes found (because there always seems to be only one, ugh), and the list goes on.
Sometimes in all of the hustle-bustle, you completely forget to even eat breakfast. Please don’t tell me I’m the only one.
Being intentional about breakfast is something that can also help you with your day. You are fortifying yourself with much-needed fuel to kick in your energy for the day and get your body to be more awake.
One of my favorite breakfasts is pretty much anything that is Kellogg’s® Special K®. I absolutely love Special K Cereal, especially their protein granola! It is both tasty and filling. I personally do not like a breakfast that leaves me wanting more, but Special K doesn’t do that.
Yet, there are some mornings that I don’t even have time to eat a bowl of cereal. I find myself having to run out the door and grab something on the way. This is when I like to grab one of the Special K Protein Bars or Protein Shakes. They are both yummy, and once again, pretty filling.
The nice thing about those is that you can hide it in your purse, and the kids won’t notice!
Breakfast is such an important meal of the day, and when you’re already feeling awesome after having gotten up at a decent time, gotten dressed, and put on a bit of makeup, why wouldn’t you go ahead and eat a good breakfast too?
Taking care of yourself is so important when it comes to taking care of a family. It really is possible to still feel like a million bucks when the most you’re doing that day is changing diapers and watching the same re-runs of Curious George with your munchkin.
Motherhood is one of the most fulfilling jobs you could have, so why not feel fulfilled while doing it?
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Are there some things that you do each day to help you get through the day?
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