I must be crazy! I have six kids, who in their right mind would have SIX kids, right??? Well, my friends I’m not insane (well, at least *I* don’t think so, I’m sure some would beg to differ) but some days my head feels like I just may be.
What are some ways I help deal with the stresses of everyday life with a large family? What are some ways I deal with kids yelling, pulling at me and needing my every waking moment to be theirs? Well, I will tell you.
Some days when I’m not curled up in a ball, in my room, in the corner, crying.. Okay, not really but you get the point – when I’m not up to my ears in stress I sit down and reflect on how awesome our day was, why it was much better than others and how I can make sure other days go as smoothly..
Here are the top 3 things I came up with to help me keep my already questionable Sanity…
1. WAKE UP WITH A SMILE AND A PLAN: Waking up already in a good mood is a sure way to start the day on a good note. But how does one actually wake up in a good mood? Going to bed earlier, having a healthy snack before bed and I find lots and lots of baby/kid snuggles before I even get out of bed helps tremendously! Have stuff you want to get done? School work? Baking? A Trip to the Grocery store or Park? Have your plan ready to go the night before! I have so many note pads just for this reason!
2. DON’T BRING YESTERDAYS STRESS TO TOMORROW: Have a bad day yesterday? Someone really tick you off? Leave it in yesterday. There’s no use bringing it to tomorrow and having to deal with it again. Who has time for that anyway? Not me.
3. BREATHE: What can you do besides breathe? Having kids, a spouse and friends doesn’t have to be stressful, it doesn’t have to feel like the walls are closing in and you need to scream. Just take a deep breath and move on! Hug those babies, kiss that spouse and tell your friend you care! If something isn’t going right, is upsetting or angering just breathe, and figure it out later. Something very important I have figured out during my motherhood journey thus far is freaking out, staying upset, or mad isn’t going to change anything. Breathe, walk away and come back to the issue in a while.
You’d be surprised. Some days I get so stressed out. Kids not listening, Dogs constantly barking, fighting/sibling rivalry – it can be downright chaotic. But other days it’s bliss. Laughter, love, and complete happiness. It all balances out but when you carry on any issues, bring over the baggage or harp on the subjects it does no good for anyone. Especially Mom. So, these are just the top 3 ways I sometimes need to remember and focus on to get through those rough days..
What about you? Anything you could add? What helps you get through those tough days?