Mom Nightly Routine

Nightly ritual for busy moms to allow for a calm mind and smart plan for tomorrow!
Nightly ritual for busy moms to allow for a calm mind and smart plan for tomorrow!

Thanks to all the resoundingly positive responses to my ABDCEs of a Mom Morning Routine. I never thought I’d have cayenne powder on my nightstand…but I’m so thankful I do!

I'm setting a nightly reminder to fall asleep with a positive affirmationLet’s explore your nightly routine. Shame-reveal for me….I’ve got that damn cell phone in my hand until I can’t see straight anymore. I’m working on it but my wonderfully supportive, (and right, sometimes) hubby gets on my case about this. Rightly so! While my excuses about being a working mom and running my own company sounds really convincing. There is NO EXCUSE for this body/mind abuse.

So, I proclaim I’m setting a timer on my phone that says “go to sleep you gorgeous, smart, gracious, woman…you deserve glorious sleep!” Here is proof. I’ll keep you posted about my commitment to it!

I’ve done parts of this nightly routine but now I’ve grown the courage to put them together and it feels like a magic formula. Especially for all our New Moms…start your motherhood off in a well-balanced way with this nightly routine:

F.G.H.I.J’s of a Working Mom Nightly Routine:

F. Forgive. Forgive yourself for everything today. Forgive that a**hole who cut you off. Forgive the weather for being crappy. Forgive the disappointments, the mistakes, the heartache, the obnoxious FaceBook post! Let it go… like Elsa says.

G. Express Gratitude. In your mind express thanks for the flowers, the morning latte, the guy that held the door open for you, the lack of kid-snot on your shirt this week. Be grateful for the big wins and the little itty bitty encounters, things or nice people. Feel those feelings of love and lightness fill your brain and body!

H. Help. Now you have let go of the negative and welcomed the positive. Time to get back to reality, what do you need help with tomorrow? Asking for help is not our strong suite, but a well-balanced ThriveMomma has flexed this muscle. So let’s tone up and start rallying the “village” for any and all you need help with. Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness.

I. Intuition. You know by now this is one of my favorite mom super-powers. So after you have identified what you need help with, take a deep breath and ask your inner-wisdom for guidance. Who do I ask for help? Where will I need to go to find the answer? Ask these open questions and listen for the whisper of an answer.

J. Journal. Write it down. Write down your to-dos, your feelings, your answers, insights. Anything. Get all the problems, ideas and thoughts on paper so that you are not mulling it over all night as you fall asleep. Because as you fall asleep, your unconscious is busy working on manifesting your thoughts. So if you drift off with worrisome thoughts, then you will have worrisome experiences. I would fall asleep and feel so excited about ThriveMomma and low and behold, ThriveMomma is alive and I’ve manifested my passion and dream. It works. I promise.

Warm herbal tea and some yoga stretches are also part of some of my nightly routines…see if those work for you too.

Sweet dreams and post your comments about how your nightly routine has changed in the comments below.

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    1. thrive April 10, 2014 at 3:41 am

      I HAVE been sticking to it…we shall see how long that will last. The affirmations make me feel happy. Share your tips for a good nights sleep too!

  1. Tatyana April 2, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    That is a great night-time routine. I can tell that the nights when I do something similar (through prayer, usually), I sleep better and more peacefully.

    1. thrive April 10, 2014 at 3:38 am

      Ah yes prayer! I feel so connected and centered when I pray! Sweet dreams!!

  2. Melissa Carr April 26, 2014 at 1:37 am

    I curl up with my 4 yr old and read a book. I usually drift off to sleep thinking about all of the wonderful things I am grateful for! I do LOVE to write, but definitely need to make more time for journaling!

    1. thrive April 26, 2014 at 6:02 am

      I have a four-year-old as well! Attitude of gratitude is the key! Thanks for responding!


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