Dec 062019

Finding time for a self care routine sounds almost impossible when you’re busy with everyday life. Making time for yourself can help you stay sane. This is one of the reasons why I’ve jotted down a Self Care Schedule in my planning notepad.

Before the New Year, I told myself I wanted to focus on a number of things. One of them being self care.

Self care goes beyond hair, nails, and skin for me. I often reward myself with doing these after tackling other self care essentials. For instance, caring for our family and our home.

As I’ve mentioned before, when our home is a mess, then I’m a mess as well. I lack concentration and I feel more exhausted. It’s not about needing the KonMarie Method, it’s about focusing on the one that works best for our lifestyle.

How To Add A Self Care Routine To Your Schedule 

With the holiday season upon us, we know there will be various family activities to attend. This is one of the reasons we decided to make it a point to not let go of our everyday tasks. In this case, our cleaning/tidying up schedule.

Our cleaning schedule has gone from Saturdays to throughout the week. This has helped me move away from guilt and into a better state of mind.

Below is our current cleaning/tidying up schedule, which helps us make more time for family and everyday life.

Cleaning your home can be a part of your self care routing as well. Here's how we make cleaning a fun to-do on our list with this weekly cleaning schedule.

You’ll notice we lighten the load on the weekends. This helps us focus on the essentials — family time! Fridays are our movie nights, and Saturdays are our game nights. We made the switch recently because we noticed we kept forgetting about these scheduled nights throughout the week.

By creating a stress-free cleaning schedule, we’ve been able to properly manage our time at night. The kids are in bed by 8 pm every night. This gives me time to tackle things before my husband gets home and spend quality time with him.

5 Tips For A Rewarding Self Care Routine

1. Tackle the things you don’t want to do first.

Crossing things off your list can be a simple task when you focus on the easier items you need to accomplish. The true challenge is working on that tough item on your list. The one you keep avoiding.

2. Move as often as possible.

Staying active is a great way to improve not only your figure but also your health. One of the most valuable lessons in self care is to — well — take care of yourself.

3. Improve your morning routine.

Whether you’re looking to tackle the laundry or make time to read your favorite column, it’s important to understand the value in a productive morning routine.

How you start the day says a lot about how the day will end. Get up on the right foot.

4. Take your vitamins.

This tip makes a difference in my day, and a lot of the moms I’ve chatted with say they feel more energized when they take their vitamins daily.

My family and friends notice the difference in my attitude as well. It’s almost as if I become another person — energized and excited to take on what the day brings.

5. Wash your face every night.

Even if you don’t like to wear makeup every day, you should wash your face daily. I learned this the hard way. My face was breaking out and I didn’t know why. I mentioned it to a friend who is a skin care specialist and she said it had to do with my bedtime routine.

She asked how often I washed my pillow, I told her daily. She asked about my diet, and I mentioned sometimes it’s a bit unbalanced. She then asked about how often I was washing my face and said only when I wear makeup.

That was my mistake. Oils and dirt from the day pile up on your face every single day. This is why washing my face has become a critical step to my self care routine.

Not knowing how to care for your skin can take a toll on your face. This is why I've created a self care routine that helps me and my family focus on what matters -- us time.
Use a face mask often to help care for your skin.

Before cleansing your face, it’s always a good idea to use a face mask to help hydrate and nourish, cleanse and detoxify or revitalize and purify your skin. You can grab a 7th Heaven Facial Peel-Off Mask Variety Pack on Amazon for a great price.

Do you have a self care schedule in place? 

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.

Reader Comments

  1. Now that I have an empty nest, it’s much easier to pencil in some me time. When my 5 kids were growing up, it was so hard to fit self care into my weekly routine. It’s so important to carve out some time for self care.

  2. I try to always wipe down and put lotion on my skin in the evenings. I really should do it in the morning too, but I am NOT a morning person and can barely function. Shaving is something I do maybe once a month. Oops.

  3. I don’t really have a self care routine, other than my nightly facial moisturizer. Or if you want to count the few nights a week I get in the shower to actually shave! Hahah. I really need to up my self care game.

  4. I get the importance of a self care routine. I don’t really have one though. I do take time for myself but it is not a routine

  5. I’m so glad you understand the importance of self care! Self care is definitely something I practice. Having mental health issues, I find it extremely important to take time out for myself.

  6. Honestly, I don’t have a self care routine. I am just happy if I do get a chance to pamper myself at least once a week. This is something I really need to work on this year. Thank you for that gentle “nudge.”

  7. I love your beauty self care routine. It would certainly help to have some sort of schedule to stay on top of beauty!

  8. This is simple but eficient schedule. I think that to reserve for ourselves some time, makes our life and the life of our dears better!

  9. I never thought of having a “Self-Care Routine,” for yourself and not for other people. Thanks for the great post, I guess I’ll add this to my list of things I need to start this year.

  10. Loving tip #1! I tend to leave the things I don’t want to do as very last and then I procrastinate and find any excuse to delay it. I’m going to try it your way!

  11. Creating self care into our daily or weekly routine, is a fantastic idea. It’s worth putting into our busy schedules.

  12. I recognize the importance of self care. Not just for myself, but for my wife as well. Ours could be as simple as taking a walk or using skincare products that are beneficial to us.

  13. it is so important to pay attention to yourself! We spend so much time taking care of others, children, spouses, loved ones and elderly parents that we need to treat ourselves now and then! Definitely tackle the things you don’t want to do first as you are more likely to not do them as time wears on.

  14. I really need to establish a routine. I know that self-care can help improve daily life and health, but I always seem to run out of time. I need to reprioritize things.

  15. One trick that I have found has been incredible helpful so far this weekend is that I started waking up just a little bit earlier, only 30 minutes. It may not seem like much, but 30 minutes where I can sit down with my morning coffee and just enjoy it, be there in the moment, really helps my head space when I do kick off with everything I need to get done!

  16. I appreciate this fabulous post and I do understand why people want to create a self care routine though I am bad and for sure would not stick to it. I simply make sure to take care of me once in a while and pamper myself with a massage or hair cut. Thank you for the tips!

  17. Good advice, Fatima. Thank you. Staying active is absolutely a must, I agree.

    Tackle the most unpleasant and difficult things first is a great approach.

    I’ve always believed that natural vitamins from fruits, vegetables, and the sun are way more effective than pills. We all have a different routine to take care of ourselves, but whatever you believe in works for you best.

    I praise you for being so organized. I’ve never had a self-care schedule written down on paper, but I certainly do take time for myself, especially now when my baby is grown up.

    Take care of yourself, 🙂

    ~ Julia

    1. Thanks, Julia. Honestly, I wasn’t this organized a couple of years ago. Life has taught me that you have two choices: Know where everything is or guess. I don’t like what comes with guessing.

      And yes, it’s all about what works for you. I like that you use food as your natural medicine. It’s one of the best approaches.

  18. I am not a mom yet but self care helps me a lot to recharge and generally feel better about myself and everything else.

  19. I do not have a self care routine and, honestly, I don’t see how I could, really. I know a lot of mom’s say this but probably more single moms like myself, and especially single moms of special needs kids really have this issue. However, I am like you in that if my house is messy then I am apt to be more grumpy. I can’t stand clutter! On the same note, I also can’t keep up with it. If I can see the sofa and the floor and the house doesn’t look all cramped with stuff then I’ve learned to live with it.

  20. Self care is so important. Especially at this time of year when we’re so busy it’s easy to get out of your normal routine and forget about self care.

  21. The weekly cleaning schedule is a neat idea! Helps prevent you from being burnt out trying to do too much at once. And I agree doing a bit of self care is so important, great post.

  22. It is just great to have a self care routine to follow daily, i think at this day and age, it is one of these must do. Thanks a lot for the awesome tips.

  23. Self care is so very important for stability after all that you do being a mother and shouldering the thankless responsibilities. You post should inspire many more mothers to give this aspect some serious thoughts.

  24. I was really disorganized back in the days but getting into blogging forced me to get with the program. Now I cannot see a mess.

  25. I need to get back to my routine and taking my vitamins. I always seemed to have “it” more together when I at least had those two things going for me haha!

  26. Self care is so important. I have a set schedule for straightening the house everyday so we have easier once a week cleanup.

  27. I think these are some really good ideas. I believe self care is so important too. Everyone should take the time for themselves once in awhile.

  28. This is awesome! Being able to pause for some self care always rejuvenates my soul. I’ll have to use some of your ideas for a new self-care routine.

  29. After suffering a health set back this year, I am determined to be more vigilant in my own self care now. It’s so important to do a little something nice for yourself every day and really promotes a better overall health.

  30. These are great tips to help take care of ourselves. I have the bad habit of procrastinating, and it makes getting the job done much harder.

  31. I don’t really have a self care routine in place. The best I can say about self care is that when I am tired, I sleep. Things get really crazy during the day and when I get frustrated, I just curl up on the couch and take a nap.

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