Last updated on Jun 21st, 2021 at 12:22 pm

You can’t pour from an empty cup

Most days, we’re on-the-go right up until just before dinner time…

What with children who need to be cared for, a to-do list that needs to be completed, and a full day of making sure that we meet the expectations of our employers, it’s no wonder that our sanity often seems stretched to the limit!

Thankfully, there are daily habits that we can develop to help remove some of the unnecessary stressors – and fill up our love tanks! Here are five of them:

1. Have quiet time or ‘me time’

Take a walk, read a book, journal, exercise, paint your nails – just slow down and relax, even if it’s just for 20 minutes each day.

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It’s important for you, and those around you, that you carve out time for yourself.

After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup.

2. Prepare the night before

Avoid the morning scramble (and we’re not talking about eggs!) by doing everything you can do, the night before.

Things like packing lunch boxes, laying out school clothes, signing reply slips, laying the breakfast table.

When it comes to getting yourself ready, try to get up a little earlier than your kids, so that you are ready and dressed by the time they roll out of bed. Mornings are chaotic enough, without you trying to apply your make-up while making sure that your child wolfs down his cereal.

By focusing on yourself first, you are able to give your full attention to getting your child ready and out the door once his alarm clock goes off.

3. Play with your kids!

Sometimes, we get so bogged down by ‘routine’ that we forget to have fun with our little ones. Try to give your child 10 minutes of pure, undivided attention each day. Kick a ball, build a puzzle or just ‘be’ without any interruptions.

Taking the time each day, amidst the hustle and bustle of life, to reconnect with your children will do wonders for your soul!

Remember, actions speak louder than words, and when it comes to our kids, it’s actions that fill their love tanks – and ours!



4. Get enough sleep

Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest are ‘sleep stealers’ – and what starts out as a quick five minute ‘look-see’ after you’ve put the kids down for the night, can easily turn into an hour, or even two, of mindless scrolling.

Set a tech ‘cut off’ time for yourself, and commit to placing your phone (or laptop or iPad) out of reach a good 30 minutes before you call it a day.

Use the time to quieten your mind and give your brain a buffer between awake time and sleep time. Establishing a bedtime routine like this for yourself is guaranteed to encourage a good night’s sleep – or at least a good stretch before the first child climbs into your bed for a cuddle!

5. Be thankful

Being a mom is hard. But, it’s the best kind of hard.

Your children are your greatest gift, and taking time each day to reflect on all the love and happiness that they bring you, will remind you of that!