Read. Workout. Create. Write. Pray. Laugh. Organize. Dance. Breathe.
These are all good things. Good things we should be doing on a regular basis. But if you’re like me, it’s not only hard to make time for these, it’s hard to feel like you SHOULD make time for them. But you definitely should, and your family will thank you for it.
Sometimes self care can feel like an impossible goal with small kids, the notion of the quiet morning with a book and coffee illusive, or a long day away at the spa a far fetched dream. But it doesn’t always have to look like that, sometime it’s as simple as stealing away 10 minutes while the kids play Legos to write in your journal in the closet.
So whether you’re counting down the hours of the holiday break or right smack in the middle of it, you might benefit from some of these ideas for spontaneous self care that you can sneak in when you’re home with the kids or even out running errands. Just five minutes of dedicated time and intention can make a big shift in your day.
- C O L O R
If you’re at home with the kids, this is one of the easiest ways you can take a minute to re-center. Getting out of our analytic brain and into our creative brains can be SO refreshing. Pull out a coloring book for the kids and get one for yourself, or just free flow. I’m always surprised at how quickly I can shut out the stresses of the day and get lost in drawing a simple crayon rainbow in a cloudy blue sky.
- G E T U P S I D E D O W N
Did you know that inverting your body for just 3-5 minutes a day can help your brain function 14% more accurately, boost your immunity and fight off osteoarthritis? (Just to name a few of the multitude benefits!) Simply invite your kids to a handstand contest! Or, if you’re not so confident in your gymnastics abilities, lay down by the wall, place your booty at the edge of the floor and rest your legs up the wall. If you can, lift your torso up while you support yourself on your elbows. Sing a few silly songs together while gravity does it’s magic. Try this practice next time one of the kiddos (or grown-ups) has a meltdown and see if it helps.
- D A N C E
Turn up your favorite jams and rock out while you unload the dishwasher. Not only is this a stress reliever but it can double as a mini-workout session if you really just commit! Think Beyoncé’s Single Ladies 💃🏾Or here’s a music video by Robyn that will inspire your inner flow ☺️ My sister in law sent this to me a few weeks ago and I can’t get enough of it!
- C A L L A F R I E N D
In the age of texting and social media, we all know how true connection can get lost in the mix. Next time you’re out running errands and feel the urge to pick up your phone at a red light to check Facebook or Instagram, call a friend instead! Even just a quick conversation with an old friend has a way of warming my soul on a cold winter. I don’t know why it can take extra intentional effort for me to make that call, but I’m always glad I did.
- P L A Y G R O U N D M A N D A L A
This is something for the mamas who like to meditate but have a hard time sitting still. If you’re at the playground with your kids, trying gathering some natural materials and creating your own mandala. As you create, meditate on a word or phrase or scripture.
- S P E E D C L E A N
While your kids watch cartoons, choose that corner of the kitchen that’s stacked with piles of mail to go through (oh, is that just me?). Or during bath time, take on the bathroom drawer that the kids have ravaged. Set a timer for 10 minutes and HAVE AT IT! Clean, organize, throw stuff away! Sometimes we just need that added time pressure to tackle a project we keep putting off, and often it’s surprising and helpful to see how fast those projects can be completed when we just put our nose down and do them.
How do you make time for yourself in the hustle of day to day?
FIND YOUR MOJO MAMAS!