I don’t know about you, but as a mom I feel like there are some days that we are just trying to survive. Then there are days where we thrive at being those super moms.
With everything that is happening right now in the world—family lockdown and social distancing—it is beginning to feel a little overwhelming for me. It’s starting to feel a little more chaotic and almost out of control not knowing what is going to be happening in the next few weeks or when the kids are going back to school.
For mom those have school schedules, activities scheduled, crazy, busy schedules that we are used to keeping it is beginning to feel a little unsettling not knowing what is happening next. Even where we are beginning again.
If you are feeling like you are just surviving motherhood right now during this time, I want to encourage you today with things that have helped me thrive right now. Here are 6 mom sanity tips!
1. Keep a Routine
Keeping a routine for yourself and your family is one of the key things that can help you thrive. Some things you might consider in your routine is keeping up on the household chores, have a morning and night routine by going to bed at the same time. If you enjoy working our and journal, schedule those into your routine as well. Keeping a routine helps you thrive when our lives are normal or help us more to feel like there is some normalcy in our lives.
Write Down 3 Tasks or Goals
Do you have a long list of things that need to get done? Maybe you do but aren’t sure where to start. Every morning I like to write down 3 tasks or goals I am going to accomplish that day. This really helps make my day simpler and I feel productive by just completing 3 tasks or goals off my list.
When deciding what tasks or goals you need to accomplish that day think about what are the 3 tasks or goals you MUST get done that day? These can be things that need to be completed or help you progress on the goals you might have.
Use a notepad to keep track of these things. Look back to that notepad and get yourself back on track when you are feeling distracted or get stuck in that “lull” mindset of what else you need to get done in your day.
2. Redesign Your Year
What goals did you set for yourself at the beginning of the year? Are you still on track to accomplish them? Maybe you have already completed some of them or maybe you are still working on the goals you set for yourself this year.
With so many changes in our lives right now, you might have decided to put all your goals aside, but what you need to do is sit down and redesign your year. Decide what goals you can still accomplish. Put aside the goals you cannot accomplish this year for a later time, so you aren’t stressed about them. You can come back to those goals later this year. Think about some new goals you would like to accomplish this new season right now.
Redesign your year and think about what it could look like. What goals can you accomplish right now? Are there pictures you want to go through and make into a scrapbook? Are there rooms and closets you want to declutter and reorganize again? Maybe you have goals you want to accomplish with your kids. Now is a great time to accomplish those goals while we are at home.
3. Never Gets Done Do To-Do List
We all have that list of things we never get done. What is on your to-do list that you have never been able to get done because of your crazy schedules and routines you used to have? Now that your busy life is on halt you have time to get some of those things done.
Last month, during a weekend I decided to get ahead with spring cleaning. I cleaned my entire kitchen, downstairs bathroom, living room, and dining room. I even cleaned the hallway and staircase, including the railings. After all my deep cleaning, I felt accomplished to finally get something done on my never get to-do list.
What are some things you can do on that never gets done to-do to list?
4. Doing One Thing Just for You
What is the one thing you can just do for yourself? We moms are constantly putting everyone else first and we forget to take care of ourselves. We then quickly burn out and become stressed because we forget one of the most important things—taking care of ourselves. It’s important we take some me-time and just doing one thing for us.
There are many things you can do for yourself. Maybe you want to have your own spa night. Maybe you just need some time with your friends. Do an at-home facial. Call up your friends and spend some time talking to them on the phone or on a video call.
Take some time for yourself each day. Find one thing that helps you feel like you are thriving in your day!
5. Create a Quiet Space
With everything going in the world, there isn’t a lot of positive things on the news. It might be making you and your family more anxious. Turn off your phone. Turn off your computers. We need to get that noise level down in our minds and focus on things that will help us thrive.
Create some space for some quietness in your life. Finds some quiet time where you can slow down the pace right now with what is happening around you. I know we have a lot on our plates right now with looking after the kids, working from home, cleaning the house, and getting dinner on the table, but creating a quiet space is important. Take some time to breathe for yourself. Don’t worry, don’t stress about everything. Your kids are going to be in the same place when September comes.
6. Time With Family and Friends
Take some time to really spend time with your family and friends right now. Spend time playing games, having those conversations with each other, or watching a movie together.
Stay at the dinner table a little extra during this time with your family. Come up with questions you can ask around the dinner table. If you need help coming up with some questions, check out our Table Talk ideas. There are daily questions, and some have fun riddles too!
Now we cannot go hang out with our friends right now, but there are some creative ways we can connect still with our friends. Video calls, such as Zoom, Facebook Live, and Google Hangouts, are a great way to get together and have a night hanging out with all your friends. Send your friends a text message asking how they are doing. Ask them what craziness is happening in their homes with their family.
Remember we need to reach out to each other and keep connected during this time!