I wrote this post a few years ago, and I decided I needed to reshare it this week for all the moms out there juggling for the next few weeks. I’ve been having a stressful week juggling sports, school stuff, doctor’s appointments, and blogging. Too many things going on, and too many things for me to remember and manage.
Last week, one child was sick, another child had a doctor’s appointment, and my oldest child had a Crew meeting, all in one day. I used to stress out over days like this which in turn stressed my family. Then, I adjusted my expectations and started planning for stressful days rather than reacting to them.
Do a Mental Check
The day starts with us, the moms. We set the tone for our families. Taking the time to do a mental check whether it’s the night before or in the morning when we realize we’re in for a crazy day helps us focus and prioritize.
Take care of your physical and mental needs first
Use the time you have to put your best face on. If you have time for quiet time before the kids get up, read something inspirational or spend a little time journaling. Just 5 minutes of something positive can keep you positive for the day.
Take a shower, do a streamlined version of your make up, and put on your favorite outfit. Have your outside mirror the positive confident feelings on your inside.
Make a plan
If you’re already an organized mom, review your list and highlight 3 to 5 absolute priorities. Don’t be afraid to go with less. Your job is to focus on today. You can think about tomorrow at the end of the day.
Check in with your husband
Our husbands are invaluable resources which us moms sometimes forget. Review your priority list and schedule with your husband and ask him for advice. Ask him for help, too. Don’t forget to give each other hugs.
Try to leave early if you’re able to, and don’t stress yourself out if you’re just on time or late. Leaving early with kids ensures you have plenty of time to take care of spills and accidents. Leaving early means you’ll be enjoying the walk across the parking lot with your children instead of making a mad dash for the door and forgetting something.
With these tips, most stressful days are manageable for me, though never perfect, and that’s fine. Good enough is perfectly fine for me.