Self-care for moms is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. Moms give so much of themselves to others that taking care of mom often falls to the bottom of the list. But the only way for moms to fully pour out to others with love, compassion, and joy, is to learn how to fill up their own cups first. And that begins in the morning with a morning self-care routine.
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Mornings can be hectic. If you’re a mom, morning time can often feel like you’re putting out one fire after another or you’ve just finished running a marathon.
Can you relate?
Mornings use to be the most stressful time of the day for me. I would dream of having a stress-free morning (or even just a hot cup of coffee instead of the lukewarm cup I’d grown accustomed to consuming!).
Let’s be real here. Getting everyone organized and out the door in a timely manner is a minor miracle. And I applaud you for doing it every day!
Truthfully, we should really be celebrating this small victory every morning as we leave the house. Happy dance, anyone?
But seriously, do you often wonder what it would be like to have a less chaotic morning?
How To Have A Less-Stressful Morning
While I can’t guarantee that your mornings will ever be completely stress-free, there are some things you can do in the morning to care for yourself to help you better deal with the morning rush.
Having a morning self-care routine helped transform the morning chaos I was feeling into an attitude of “I can handle this.”
I found that I was less likely to raise my voice on the days I practiced yoga.
On days when I left the house knowing exactly what my schedule looked like, what the kids’ schedules looked like, and what we were going to eat for dinner, I felt calmer.
When I spent time communing with God, praying, and practicing gratitude, my attitude moved from one of frustration to one of compassion.
A Morning Self-Care Routine Will Make Your Load Lighter
A morning self-care routine isn’t going to reduce all of the stuff that needs to be done in the morning.
But your load will feel lighter because you’ll be better equipped to handle the day.
A morning self-care routine may require you to get up a little earlier than you usually do, but you’ll feel more rested and you’ll have more energy.
(By the way, if you’re not getting restful sleep, you may want to read my earlier post, How to Create an Evening Self-Care Routine for Rejuvenation.)
The 3 essential items to include in your morning self-care routine will look different for everybody. But a morning self-care routine should include self-care for your soul, self-care for your mind, and self-care for your body.
Morning Self-Care For Your Soul
My mornings always begin with self-care for my soul.
This means I spend my first minutes in the morning praying, doing a Bible Study or reading a devotional, and practicing gratitude. I don’t turn on my computer or check my phone until I’ve completed this practice.
Turning on my phone and checking email use to be the first thing I did every morning. But I found that it only led to more stress since I started the day thinking about all that needed to be done rather than focusing on what really matters most.
Here are some morning self-care ideas for your soul:
- Centering Prayer
- Gratitude Practice
- Bible Study
- Light a Candle
Morning Self-Care For Your Body
Morning self-care for your body means just that – caring for your body. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming.
If you’re like me, you don’t have an entire hour to devote to a full workout. But your body is designed to move, so spend a few minutes doing some yoga poses, stretching, or going for a brisk walk.
Morning self-care for your body also includes what you put into your body. One of my morning habits is to pour a big glass of water as soon as I get up.
Here are some morning self-care ideas for your body:
- Take a Walk
- Drink a Big Glass of Water
- Eat a Healthy Breakfast
- Enjoy a Hot Cup of Tea or Coffee
Morning Self-Care For Your Mind
Morning self-care for your mind simply means that you are doing something that nurtures your mind and helps to organize your day.
I review my Daily Inspiration Planner and my Google Calendar, so I know exactly what to expect for the day.
My mornings also include reading or listening to a self-improvement book (often while doing laundry or making lunches for the kids!) or learning a new skill.
Here are some morning self-care ideas for your mind:
- Read a Book
- Listen to an Audiobook
- Work on a Course
- Learn a Language
- Listen to a Podcast
A Daily Self-Care Planner Will Help You Stay Motivated
If you haven’t been practicing self-care, try using a daily self-care planner to help you stay motivated. You can request a copy of the Daily Self-Care Planner I created by subscribing with your email address below:
Morning self-care is a practice and the more you do it the better you’ll get at it.
Remember that you deserve to care for you. And your family deserves it, too. A healthy mom is a happy mom.
Are there any other ways you practice self-care in the morning? I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.
With Love and Joy,