Honestly, some days you are going to be too tired to do this mom thing. We are exhausted from the day-to-day. No one prepares you for these days, but they do come.
I really think that almost every day, I feel like I don’t sit down and relax until 10 pm. By then, I grab a blanket, plop down on the couch and take a deep breath… and realize that I am so exhausted that I’m falling asleep within 5 minutes of our TV show starting.
It’s not surprising… as moms, we do a LOT. We fold four loads of laundry, make five beds, six different breakfasts, six different lunches, one giant dinner, help with homework, take everyone to practice, etc… and some days, we are just too tired (for good reason!)
Sometimes, I just have to tell myself these things…
- Give yourself some grace. Not every day is going to be energy-filled and full of motivation. Take a day to just rest. It is okay.
- Tell the guilt to go away. When we are tired, guilt creeps in and overtakes our mind. Do not even let guilt take place in your heart. Being a mom is hard and tiring, so guilt has no place in that.
- Remind yourself that you are a good mom. Good moms are tired, good moms are energized. We all have our days. You are a good mom.
- Let go of what you would usually stress over. Whether it is getting the laundry done, having dinner ready, cleaning, etc, let it go for the day. Order a pizza for dinner and relish in having a day of the bare minimum.
- Call a friend and meet up for a play-date. Sometimes getting out of the house or just having an adult to talk to is exactly what you need. Someone to say, “me too” can remind you that you are not alone in this.
- Head to the store to pick up your favorite snack. Treat yourself to a latte or take the kids out for donuts. Do something to treat yourselves. I stop at McDonalds for an ice cream cone & a diet coke on a weekly basis. It’s just my little treat.
- Take a 10-minute nap. When I am feeling really tired, I set my alarm for 10 minutes. Then I crash on the couch. It may seem like a small amount of time but after those ten minutes, I always feel so much better.
- Practice regular self-care. I can always tell when I have not been taking care of myself because I start to feel more worn out than usual. Our kids need moms who are healthy. Take care of yourself so that you can care for others.
- Plan a girls’ night. Get into the routine of having a regular girl’s night.
- Remind yourself it is just for a season. It may sound cliche, but it is true. Eventually, our kids will be gone. Each parenting phase is just for a season, so enjoy the good ones and push through the hard ones.
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