More often than not, the last thing we’re thinking of on busy mornings is a self-care routine. From getting ourselves ready to getting the kids dressed and fed and off to school while trying to dial in for a conference call, setting aside time each morning for self-care might seem next to impossible.
But before you write off a morning self-care routine as a far-fetched luxury you simply won’t ever have the time for, we’d like to suggest that such a practice can be implemented into the lives of even the most busy working women and moms.
It’s pretty safe to say that most people don’t like pain. Pain is uncomfortable. It takes us away from our happy place and forces us to deal with stuff we don’t enjoy. Pain is inconvenient, costly, and distracting. Remember that meme, “Ain’t nobody got time for dat!” Yeah, that’s how we feel about pain.
On the other hand, there’s a small segment of the population that welcomes pain. I’m serious. Just look at all those ultra-marathoners and extreme sports enthusiasts. They know pain intimately. It motivates them, pushes them past their limits. Most of us will never understand that drive, and instead will do our best to stay in the pain-free zone.
While we can all agree that an ideal self-care routine might look like pouring ourselves a glass of wine after a long day, putting on a plush bathrobe and charcoal face mask and binge-watching a favorite tv show while our partners put the kids to bed, we can also all agree that incorporating a routine like that into our schedules is pretty far-fetched.
Creating a quick and effective self-care routine doesn’t have to be an involved process. For most of us, we’re busy and on the go much of the time, and even the mere thought of partaking in a complex self-care routine can sound like too much work at the end of a busy day. But fear not! You can still make time for a simple yet beneficial self-care routine that– if practiced consistently– will bring you some much needed inner (and outer) peace and overall calm to an involved and active life.