Motherhood After Dark

How to Slow Down this Fall

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Photo by Asma of Ruh Doula Care & Photography

Hello Beautiful People!

I’m back with another great blog post. If you read this when it actually goes live then pull up a cup of tea and get comfortable as this is a cozy read if I do say so myself! Without further ado, let’s jump right into how I have been choosing to slow down this fall season, and how you can easily do the same!

1. Have an Early Bedtime

Yes, I know this seems easier said than done especially if you have young children like we do (our daughters’ are ages 1 and 3). However, making this change literally three weeks ago, has helped tremendously. Up until 8 days ago, our youngest daughter, Chelsea, wasn’t sleeping right through the night. Especially, as we have entered into some serious teething, it has been really hard. But, choosing to go to bed early so that even if she woke up, I would’ve had maybe two hours of rest, made a difference for me. We seemed to have turned a corner though because it’s been eight days so, continue to wish me the best of luck and blessings in this regard.

2. Make Time to Journal/Meditate

These two things can be done simultaneously or one more than the other. Whichever you prefer is totally up to you. For me, the time I take to open up my Bible app and connect with God is first thing in the morning. Right at the start of my day. Having that time of solicitude and reflection is a habit that I never want to let fall to the wayside. You would be surprised at what practicing mindfulness everyday, even if it’s only 5 minutes, will do for you! Along with this, I have been following the mindfulness section on my Fitbit app and it has easily become a regular habit of mines.

3. Swap Out the Screens —specifically, before bedtime

This was NOT an easy habit to kick to the curb but I knew that I had to at least give it a try. It has become so easy to fall asleep with the phone in my hand while scrolling on social media and while I love to do it, doing it before I go to bed was something I recognized I had to stop doing. My cut off time for technology is 11pm. As of three weeks now, You will not find me checking any of my social media platforms or responding to messages after this time. The truth is, it can wait until tomorrow after 9am. I have an iPhone and I have the Do Not Disturb feature that automatically turns on at 10pm and doesn’t turn off until 9am the next morning. If you have not utilized this feature on your iPhone yet, try it out! So, what do I do with my time instead? I read. For approximately 20-25minutes, I read and I quickly get ready for my bed.

In Conclusion

There is no doubt that my body is grateful for the recent changes that I have made. In this beautiful fall season, there is so much for us to learn and the one that has always stuck wit me is this — “Autumn shows us just how beautiful it is to let some things go”. As you take in the beauty of the fall foliage, whether that be up close and personal or from a distance, know that this is a great time to make some changes to further support your mental well-being and overall health.

How will you be choosing to slow down this fall?

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xx See you all soon!

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