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You wouldn’t know it by the looks of my social media feeds or this blog but, most days, I feel completely overwhelmed. My soon to be one year old son has the sleep cycle of a newborn and my twelve year old pomeranian’s bladder has gone senile – and we have carpet. I joined the workforce at the tender age of 15; being a SAHM not making the money I was accustomed to has weighed down my self-esteem. However, I realize that my problems in consideration to what many mothers face are relatively minor. That’s what I keep reminding myself to keep me from losing my shit. Here are other ways I’ve found calm in the chaos of motherhood. I hope it helps you out.
Take a little quiet time for yourself.
Trust me, I know it is easier said than done. Recently, I started sneaking downstairs twenty minutes before the boys wake up. I sit on the couch with a cup of warm lemon water or coffee and catch up on my favorite blogs. I leave all the lights off as dawn trickles into the living room. You’d be surprise how calming this simple sight is.
Somewhere along the line, I became addicted to my smart phone. I constantly needed updates on the what’s on Facebook and Instagram, refreshing my feed as if it were my fix. I got caught up reading mommy controversies that, though I wouldn’t participate in the dialogue, left me with strong unnecessary opinions. Then, I thought about how that must look to my son who is constantly observing me. I realized that I didn’t want him growing up thinking the phone was an extension of my hand. So when we are interacting, the phone is on the counter set aside for extra long pee breaks.
Being a new mom, I got caught up with being “perfect”. My to-do lists grew exceptionally long as my patience grew particularly thin. I soon realized that only led to unwanted stress or anxiety. Coming to terms with my strengths and weaknesses has been crucial to my sanity. I’m a champion Apollo entertainer but a terrible sleep trainer. I can bake and cook up a storm but dirty clothes spill out into our bathroom from the closet. I’ve come to terms with it and further dubbed it balance.
When in doubt, sweat it out.
I know, the last thing you want to hear when you are a sleep deprived mombie is to physically exert yourself even more. But in the famous words of Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins; endorphins make you happy, happy people just don’t shoot their husbands!” Seriously guys, sweat it out. It’ll be hard initially to get started but I promise you get better at it and even begin to crave it. So much stress is released during a good sweat session and you’d be surprised by the energy boost. So during naptime, tune in a workout clip on YouTube or sign up for a gym with a daycare. It’ll be worth your while.
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