In such a fast paced world and with little ones with needs to be met, mouths to feed and places to be it can seem like it’s hard to slow down a lot of the time. If you feel like life keeps going at break neck speed and you can’t find time to sit down to reflect or to journal- here are 5 ideas of times that might work for you.
1. In the morning- This is the hardest one to do but the most obvious. Waking up before your little ones can seem impossible (I know this pain well) but whether they are awake or sleep you could take a few minutes to note down some gratitudes or do some free writing to get your day off to a good start. If your little ones are awake and like to steal whatever you are doing from you (another familiar problem) try putting your journal in the kitchen and noting down a sentence or two as you are unloading the dishwasher or making breakfast. Keep it simple and don’t expect 2 hours of peace and quiet and embrace what you do have. Having it in the kitchen also works for dinner prep time whilst you wait for something to boil.
2. In the car- pop your journal in your bag or on the passenger seat and then if you have time waiting in a car park whilst a little one naps or even a few moments on the drive whilst they listen to music you can snatch a little time. If it’s in your bag you may also find it to hand when you’re waiting at the doctors or dentist or anywhere else you may be tempted to stare at your phone.
3. Naptime- if you are fortunate enough to have a little one who sleeps, I know how hard it is to decide how to spend this time. You never know how long it will last and feel under pressure to do the 100 things on your list that just take forever with little ones about. But can I encourage you to take just 10 minutes to recharge yourself before you tackle that to do list? It’s only a short time but I know when I allow myself some breathing room my attitude to everything else improves vastly. Having a time limit really helps avoid the guilt and stop your mind wandering off and being distracted- if you need to just start with a brain dump so that everything you are storing is down on paper and you can stop trying to remember it all!
4. At bedtime- I love to click shut their bedroom door and curl up in the sinking sun to journal in the peace of my bedroom before getting on with the rest of the evening. A few minutes to reflect and breathe once their day is done means you can process and transition between being ‘mama’ and your evening time.
5. Before bed – perhaps the simplest way to build a journaling habit is to attach it to something you do everyday- and hopefully you always remember to sleep! Writing a few positive things from the day on the ‘joys’ page and noting down anything else on the weekly spreads in The Mama Book is simple but a great way to clear your mind and get ready for rest and a new day.
Have you got any other times that you love to journal or just rest for a little while? Wherever you find your few minutes of breathing room, enjoy some mental space this week.
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