Thursday, March 7, 2013

how I get through a "mama needs a vacation" kind of day

As Mom's we all have those days... you know, the ones where you just feel burnt out and defeated only an hour into your day kind of days. With only 1 child, a husband and now a puppy I may "have it easier" than those with larger families but this does not make me immune to the "mommy needs a vacation" days.
There are times when child rearing, dog potty training, church activity planning, housekeeping etc. just overwhelm me. I am only a person. I am far from perfect or having it all together.

For those days when I just know it's going to be one of " those days" here are my go-to's to help me press on and do what I am called to do.

1. Pray!
I may not have it all together but I know someone who does and is more perfect then we can fathom. His name is Jesus and he is always willing to help me out. The best way to break from a bad mood or to relieve some stress it to kneel and tell the Lord all about it. Give thanks for all that you have, praise him for the family he has blessed you with and ask Him to give strength and give you joy to better serve your family. I promise you, this works!

2. Break time!
 Sometimes Mom's need a break. My son doesn't take naps anymore but once in awhile I like to have "quiet time." This is where he has to stay in his room for 30 minutes-1 hour.
He can nap if he chooses, look at books or watch a video but has to do it quietly and stay in his room. This gives me a chance to sit, relax, read, or even nap. I know of many Moms who do this every day but for me once or twice a week helps me out.

3. Ask others for help!
This one is very hard for me. I am a do it yourself type of gal. But there are times when I will ask the Hubs if our son could ride with him while he goes out to run errands so I can have some time alone to get projects done around home or just sit and catch up on emails and such. Of course he is always willing to help and tells me all I need to do is just ask more often but gosh that is hard for us Mom's isn't it?

4. Turn on some music and light a candle!
Sometimes turning on some good ol' southern gospel and dancing around the room with my boy is an instant mood booster. I also like to light a lovely smelling candle. Seeing the flame as I walk by is very soothing and cozy.

So there you have it, my tips to go from grouchy to joyful.

Have a blessed day, keep on keeping on!