I’m not a schedule person. Rigid schedules just exhaust me and make me feel defeated before even starting my day. If you’re a schedule mama – more power to ya. But if you’re like me and schedules, especially in this season, feel a little hard to maintain, can I introduce you to rhythms?
Rhythms, if I had to define them, are the ‘song and dance’ of your day. The pieces that flow somewhat naturally and feel GOOD and, if done right and consistently, will be the pieces of your day that ground you and keep you centered in this busy season of life.
The rhythms I’m talking about are specifically designed for YOU. They’re your secret weapon – the pockets of your day that allow you to focus your energy inward, take care of yourself, and provide respite for your tired soul.
I know for me, my daily rhythms become a sacred space to look forward to and I definitely notice when I am out of rhythm.
You can, of course, create family rhythms and rhythms with your kids – you can have as many daily rhythms as you want/need, but there are 3 that I recommend starting with:
A MORNING RHYTHM
The way you start your day matters.
Some tips for morning rhythms:
- Sky before screens (aim for getting a few minutes of natural light on your face before diving into your screens, whether it be through a window or walking outside. Take a few deep belly breaths and allow the natural light to energize you)
- Wake up early enough to give yourself plenty of quiet time
- Get yourself ready for the day before your kids wake up
Your morning rhythm is going to look different than mine. Do what energizes you and makes you excited to show up for your day and excited to wake up in the morning. You shouldn’t dread your morning rhythm!
AN AFTERNOON RHYTHM
I lovingly call this one my ‘naptime rhythm’, as it usually happens when the kids are down for naps/quiet time.
This rhythm can really be what you make it, but make sure it is something that refreshes you for the last half of the day.
The nap time – dinner time – bedtime portion of the day can be tricky, so having an afternoon rhythm that you enjoy can really help you carry positive energy into the rest of your day and your kids will match that energy.
This could be:
Moving your body
Tidying the kitchen/living areas for a clean slate
Reading a book
Having a nourishing snack that you look forward to
Working on a hobby you enjoy
AN EVENING RHYTHM
How you end your day is equally as important as how you start your day.
Cleaning to start fresh for the next day
Bible study time
Connection time with your spouse
Tea / nourishing bedtime drink
The day to day of being a mom can feel really monotonous and boring sometimes. Having daily rhythms to look forward to can help you get excited about your life – because life is happening every day, so we might as well show up for it while we’ve got it. 😉
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