Christie's Quarantine Routine & Rituals
I know I've been quiet over here on our journal. Quite honestly, it's taken me some time to adjust to our new reality. And with that, creativity has been lacking. But now that we're [who knows how many] days into this, I'm finally finding ground and feeling a sense of balance.
I thought I'd share a bit of the daily rituals and routine that my family and I are currently practicing. I understand that all of our circumstances are different, so take what you like from this and tweak it to find what works for you. Whether you have little ones at home or not, I hope this gives you some ideas on how to hold space for peace and self love throughout your day.
Setting the tone: Slow and Positive
Whether I wake up on my own or from the sound of a cry, I do a quick skin refresh before I leave my room. I apply a warm damp rag on my face, spritz a quick toner, and massage in moisturizer with SPF. Then I apply a dab of essential oil on my neck (lately it's been Stress Away by Young Living).
In light of positivity, I find that my day starts best sans news and social media. Protecting my mind from negativity and fear creeping in is a must during this time.
While the babes are eating breakfast, I make my way around the house -- opening curtains/blinds, lighting a candle, and turning on music. [I've highlighted some of my favorite Spotify playlists below.] I also keep the house lights at a minimum at this time so we can slowly come to life. Judah and I love watching the sunrise through our breakfast nook window.
While Jovie takes a mid-morning nap, Judah and I have found a fun movement ritual. He does kids yoga (our favorite videos linked below) and I'll hop on the elliptical followed by some mat work. We also like to fill this time with some learning activities.
After lunch, we do a craft time to wind-down. [I'll link a few of my favorite blogs for craft ideas below.]
If the stars align and both babes are sleeping, I do whatever feels right for me that day---cat nap, Netflix, laundry, read, sun bathe, shower, or do some KB work. As an enneagram 7, this free time gives me the flexibility I crave while recharging me for the rest of the day.
Typically we hit a slump in the afternoon where we're all a little antsy so I turn on some tunes for a 10 minute dance party! [our favorite dancing songs below]
When Caleb's done working for the day, he has solo time with the kids. I take this time to either work on KB, shower, or maybe just change out of yoga pants and put on some makeup (even if it's 4pm...it does wonders for my spirit).
With life slowing down, I've surprisingly found a love for cooking. The challenge of trying a new recipe while sipping a glass of wine is something I actually look forward to most days.
Prep, Reflect, Relax
Once the kids are bathed and in bed, we do a quick sweep of the house to prepare for the next day. Then we enjoy "us" time. If it's nice out, we're enjoying the fresh air by the fire pit while reflecting on the day. Or maybe connecting with friends/family via video chat. Otherwise, it's likely Netflix and a little pamper time.
Lately I've been loving this clay mask--I find mixing it together in a sweet little bowl and painting it on my face quite therapeutic. I also love a good Pinterest session to fuel my creativity. Rarely am I watching a show without Pinterest scrolling. You can follow me here if you'd like.
Please know, our days are far from perfect. You can bet there's typically a meltdown or two and many times I feel overwhelmed. Having a routine with little rituals built in brings us back to center even on the longest days. Our days rarely look the same. If it's nice, we are outside most of the day; and if it's rainy, there's probably more screen time. Either way, these little rituals help set the base note for the day and remind me to embrace this unique time.
KIDS YOGA: Cosmic Kids Yoga