Working Mom’s Morning Routine
Being a parent is one of the most demanding and difficult “jobs” in the world. There are no days off, no sick leave, no pay, and no retirement, yet, nothing can compare to the absolute joy of being able to take care of your children.
Moms these days have even more stress than ever before because they’re trying to juggle between parenting, housework, and their career, and it takes a lot of effort to be able to successfully manage all three.
This piece is for all working mamas who need to look great in a blink of an eye:
Invest in a good coffee maker
Everyone knows that tired mamas are fueled by coffee (and often anger, but that’s not the point at the moment), but there’s hardly enough time to get ready in the morning when you have kids, let alone brew a cup for yourself.
The solution – get a coffee maker with a timer, set it the night before, and forget about it.
If you have a coffee maker that has an auto-brew setting, you can easily set it the night before on your way to bed, and your cup of fresh, hot coffee will be waiting for you when you wake up.
No need to skip your “fuel” or mess with filters and grounds with kids running around you in the kitchen.
Iron your clothes while in the shower
Even though this might sound ridiculous, you can save a lot of time by not ironing your clothes in the morning.
If you have wrinkles in your shirt, skirt, or pants, just hang them in the bathroom while you have a shower in the morning. The steam from your shower will do its magic on your clothes and you will notice they are as good as new. On the other hand, if you’re not satisfied with the result, you can always use standup steamer.
It’s a reliable alternative to traditional ironing, and it also allows you to cover a lot of cloth.
Not only that, but you will be able to finish in a fraction of the time you would need if you wanted to iron.
Even though you might be in love with long, manicured nails, you will hardly have time for that when you’re a working mom.
Not only are shorter nails a better option when you’re changing diapers (no dirt under them and less chance to scratch your baby too), but they are stylish as well.
Well-manicured, short nails look professional and stylish at all times, and you won’t have to worry about chipping them, scratching your baby, and you won’t have to wait forever for your nail polish to dry.
What’s more, you can even keep a nail file in a drawer at work and file any imperfections you notice without having to spend a long time on it.
Keep your skincare routine simple
We all love looking our best, but being a mom means that you won’t have as much time for yourself as you used to have before.
As a result, you will need to learn to clean and moisturize your skin in a hurry and while on the run, and you will need to be absolutely positive that you’re using products that are great for your skin.
Try to find the best vegan and natural makeup and skincare products for your skin because this way, you will avoid ending up with clogged pores and acne outbreaks that can happen if you’re not using a product made for your skin type.
Last but not least – take some time the night before to prepare as much as possible for the following morning.
You will soon learn that preparing your makeup and outfit is much easier after you’ve put the kids to bed than it is while they’re running around the house.
Even worse if they don’t like getting up in the morning and you need to wake them three times, prepare their breakfast, and outfits – you will not have any time for yourself.
Prepare your and your children’s outfit in the evening, so you don’t get a headache trying to decide what to wear when you get up. It will save you some time, and when you’re in a hurry, every minute counts.
Coming back to the office after your maternity leave can be difficult. You will be under a lot of pressure not only to perform as well as you did before but to look just as good too.
This will not be an easy task, and you should try to make the most of the time you have for yourself.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself right from the beginning, take your time and make baby steps at first, because later you are going to be a pro at getting ready in no time.
What’s your morning routine like, Mama? Could you use these tips?
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