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If you’re anything like me, you may feel like your mornings are kind of stressful and rushed. It’s hard to get up and get ready to go in the mornings, help your husband, take care of the littles. Whatever your morning routine entails, it’s hard work!
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been on a mission to make my mornings different. I want to learn to take better care of myself so that I can take better care of my family and others.
My time in the mornings is really limited, as I’m sure is the case for you, but I’ve found that I have about 30 minutes of down time between when my husband leaves for work and when my daughter wakes up. I used to use this time for other things, such as cleaning, but I finally decided that it is important to invest some time in self-care.
If you’re ready to makeover your morning self-care routine, take a look at your schedule, carve out 30 minutes just for you, and follow these 5 easy steps.
Wake Up Your Senses
Make some coffee or tea, light a scented candle, curl up on the couch with a soft blanket. Find things that wake up your senses and give you a feeling of comfort and peace. My morning coffee is like comfort in a cup for me. The smell, the feeling of warmth in my hands, the taste, I just love everything about it, so that’s the first thing I do. This should take about 5 minutes.
Wake Up Your Heart
Once you’re all comfy on the couch with a hot drink, spend about 10 minutes reading. Choose something that is inspirational and gets your heart focused and ready for the day. I love to read my Bible, a devotional, or another Christian book, but I’ve also been known to grab a fiction book from time to time. As long as it is edifying, it will help you to get your heart focused for the day ahead.
Wake up Your Mind
After you’ve done some reading, spend 5 minutes or so writing down your thoughts. Give your mind time to process any worries you may have. You can also jot down a quick to-do list for the day. Work on getting the worries out of your mind so that you can fill up on positive things.
Wake Up Your Soul
Now it’s time for prayer. Use the next 5 minutes for prayer and thanksgiving. While you should definitely take all of your concerns to God, make sure you also use this time to cultivate a grateful attitude. Thank God for the many blessings He has put in your life. Focusing on the good rather than the bad will change your outlook on the entire day. Allow God to pour into you and fill you up. You may have a long day ahead of you, but He is sufficient. Spend time with Jesus and your well will never run dry.
Wake Up Your Body
And, finally, take 5 minutes to stretch or do some yoga. I like to continue praying during this time. Focus on slowing your breathing and letting go of any stress you’ve been carrying. Give everything over to God. Whatever challenges or blessings lie ahead, God will see you through.
And now, after 30 minutes of self-care, you’re ready to take on the day!
Use these 5 easy steps to care for yourself and wake up to relaxed, beautiful, and inspiring mornings each day.
It seems simple, but taking 30 minutes for yourself to relax, read, write, and spend time with Jesus will completely transform your mornings.
Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!