Be intentional with your time
We’re all guilty of spending a little too much time on our phones when we could be using that time to practice true self-care (my hand is up)! Maybe you’ve gotten in the habit of scrolling through your social feeds in bed for thirty minutes instead of doing something to fill you self-care cup.
Maybe you have restless energy like me and look for things to keep you “busy” (because this makes you feel needed and worthy *ouch*), like re-making the beds because they aren’t up to your standards (Yep, been guilty of that too).
Take some time to look at where you may be throwing away time because if you feel like there is “not enough time”, chances are you’re not being intentional with where you spend it. Also, make sure you put it in your diary, often we have beliefs that if it’s in the diary or on the calendar it’s a “will happen”. And sister, self-care is a “must happen”.
Re-evaluate your what’s important for now
Does your day reflect what’s really important now? What’s important to us changes when we have the kids home from school. Sometimes it takes you having a look at your schedule, writing out all that you’ve got going on in your day for you to realise that maybe today is not the day to be washing your curtains. In other words, some shit can just wait.
Grab yourself a journal where you can connect with your goals daily. This will help you define what you need to be spending your energy on. Maybe madly cleaning the house isn’t going to help you connect and create lasting memories with your kids. That can wait. Check out the Messy Mum’s Playbook for a journal idea.
Boredom helps kids grow
You and I both know that kids seem to get bored quickly. And I’m here to say that’s ok. You are not required to be the fun director every.single.day. Boredom helps your kids use their imaginations or creates a motivation for them to go and find a way to self-occupy.
Annd, when your kiddos do come and nag you about how bored they are (we both know they will) you can always extend the invitation for them to do some of your household jobs. This will quickly help them find something to do, leaving you with a little space for some well-earned self-care.