Advice To Save You From Overwhelm
I listened to a random podcast a while back. This man interviewed successful people and asked for their secrets to success.
He then implemented every one of them and became highly successful himself.
One of the best pieces of advice that he got was to wake up early and go outside every morning.
You use this time to meditate and plan your day in detail.
After failing to maintain this habit a few months back, I am determined to stick with it this time.
Stress, mom guilt, fatigue, and overwhelm are things that I struggle with often. I hoped this would make a difference.
Well, it was actually a game-changer.
After one week..
I am more motivated (despite lack of sleep from a fussy toddler).
I accomplished tasks that are important to me like running Lavender Meadows Co, making healthy meals, working out, and cleaning.
I also got to spend guilt-free time enjoying my family and caring for myself.
So Here’s The Routine:
- Wake up 30 minutes earlier than your kids and retreat to your quiet spot outside.
- Turn off your notifications and set a timer for 10 minutes where you simply enjoy being outside and focus on just breathing in silence. I also use this time to read my scriptures and pray.
- Then grab your planner or a piece of paper and write the top 3 things you want to get done that day. Beneath that write out your schedule for the day down to the minute.
Give yourself a realistic timeframe and structure your day so that you get time to work, play, and rest.
By planning out all the details of the day you will see what you realistically have time to do.
You will prioritize the things that are most important and you won’t feel stressed about the things you thought were important.
Not just that but your time will feel more impactful and you will feel empowered to accomplish your goals.
If one of your goals is to care for your skin to help prevent wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts, then you will be able to schedule for it and enjoy it. Instead of seeing it as another thing on your "to-do" list.
I hope this helps bring you more happiness and avoid stress like it did for me!
First pregnancies can be scary and the fear of birth paralyzing.
Instead of taking action, you’re overwhelmed. You can only hope that your healthcare provider will make the best decisions for you.
I wish I’d been better prepared but I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I felt like birth was just one of those miserable experiences women have to push through and endure.
Now that I’m in my third trimester expecting my second baby, I’m choosing to embrace birth with intention.
What I’m doing differently this time around:
Choosing a Natural Birth:
This felt scary at first, but I want a redemptive and peaceful birth. One where I have the autonomy to move my body into positions that support my baby’s efforts to enter the world.
Instead of letting fear take over, I’m absorbing as much information as possible. I’ve consulted with my midwife to craft my ideal birth plan. I’m also watching birth videos to get more comfortable with the experience.
I’m seeing a chiropractor to help me align my hips and back to help make the birth experience be more comfortable. I made sure to look for a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster technique to help ensure my baby is in optimal position for labor.
Pelvic Floor Specialist:
My pelvic floor specialist and I are preparing my body for birth. We’re doing exercises to learn how to relax certain muscles during delivery, strengthen my pelvic floor, and improve my postpartum recovery.
Postpartum Skin Care Products:
This time I’m not using the postpartum skin care products provided by the hospital. I didn’t know better the first time. I didn’t realize how many questionable ingredients were in those products that did nothing to support my healing process. Instead, I’ll be using my own products like the Boob Balm, Herbal Relief Body Mist, Lavender Soaking Salts, and Revitalize Postpartum Cream which I believe are the best postpartum skincare products. All of them can be found in my Postpartum Care Package.
I combine the stretching technique with the Baby Cheeks Barrier Oil to reduce my chances of tearing. The oils help the skin to become more elastic and the stretching helps the skin become more flexible. It also teaches you to release tension during intensity and allow your body to expand.
I’m incorporating strength workouts to reduce the aches and pains I felt during my first pregnancy. By working out at least twice a week I have almost completely eliminated back pain, sciatic pain, and abdominal pinching. I have been doing the Bodi Barre Prenatal workouts and absolutely love them!!
Pregnancy hormones like Relaxin cause the skin to be less firm and often lead to stretch marks and cellulite. I have been strengthening my skin’s elasticity throughout pregnancy with our postpartum belly cream: the Revitalize Postpartum Cream. It contains Lupin extract that produces type I Collagen and increases skin elasticity and firmness. I have no stretch marks. The cellulite on my legs that I had at the beginning of my pregnancy has all but disappeared.
Strengthening My Faith:
Even though I’m doing everything in my power to prepare my body and mind for birth, there is still a whisper of fear in me. I’m strengthening my connection with God to replace that fear with faith. Believing in the knowledge that I was built for birth and that I can trust in Him for strength.
Preparing and planning for birth has felt like an extra full-time job. But, I feel so excited.
I hope this empowers you to decide and take charge of your baby’s birth and motherhood journey.
I'd love to hear what you've been doing to prepare for your birth? Comment below!