Motherhood is beautiful and exhausting all at the same time. My Husband went back to work four days ago, after Christmas holidays and I already feel like I’m drowning. It’s taken me longer to adjust, and get back to our regular routine than I thought. I’ve gotten behind on my chores and I find I’m more focused on them then the kids. It doesn’t help that Isla, our 10 month old is having sleeping problems. Yesterday I felt like I just wasn’t being the best Mom that I could be for our girls. I know it is ok to have these days, and that it is normal. But…
How do you make sure it doesn’t happen tomorrow?
What can I do to improve my day, and myself so I can always be the best Mom?
I’ve learned through Motherhood, by doing a few things daily can help increase my productivity and satisfaction with my day. So today, I started back on my daily routine. Now I’m not talking my routine with my kids. The FIVE things I do everyday to help with my own satisfaction and happiness, to help me be more present with my girls. They are easier than you think.
Make a to do list. This is very important in my life. Without a list, nothing would get done or I would forget about it. Mom brain is real, and the craziness of kids makes our plate full makes it easy for us not to remember tasks. I make my to do list the night before, after the kids go to bed. It takes less than minutes, and you wake up in the morning ready to start your day.
Wake up and put on a real outfit! I know how great it is to stay in pajamas all day, or slacks. But how “blah” do you feel by dinner time. Just putting on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, I sense my productivity increasing. I feel more energized and just happy being dressed. So get out of those comfy pants!
Have a kid clean up time. Devote 15-30 minutes to an activity wear your child has to help you tidy up. It can be the dishwasher, their room, vacuuming or dusting. Yesterday Lily helped me fold clothes and put them away. She learned how to fold dish towels and took them all downstairs for me, just so I didn’t have too! This helps teach them a few things, while they get to bond with you and something gets done!
Take a walk. We have a dog so he is a great reason to get out of the house for some fresh air. Some days its with the kids, if we have been having a good day. Or by myself if I just need a little break from screaming kids. Getting out of the house into the fresh air will help reset yourself, give you sometime “me” time, and increase your blood flow to help lift your mood. It doesn’t have to be long, 20 minutes can give you the overall satisfaction you desire.
Once a day you should have a 5 minute clean up session to help get the house in order. I find looking at clutter makes me uneasy, and increases my anxiety. I start in one room upstairs, usually our bedroom and I work my way downstairs and finish in the kitchen. Picking things off the floor, collecting garbage and putting things in order. You don’t have to be super clean, just a simple tidy up of the house.