Wise words, that I usually live by…
I truly believe that busy moms can do ANYTHING, and I live my life by the thought that while I can do ANYTHING, I cannot do it all at once. And yet, a couple of times each year, I find myself in a spot where life is swirling around me and I am either reeling along with it or paralyzed with overwhelm. Do you ever feel like that?
That's when I know I need to pull back, reflect on what is happening, and make some changes–fast. I am so careful to not overschedule (neither my kids nor I) or overvolunteer or fall into bad eating habits or not get enough sleep…and yet here I am (again). It happens! Now I need to get back on my routines:
- planning meals (all three) so that we all eat well and I don't skip meals because of busy-ness
- get more sleep, which usually means forgoing “relaxing” time in front of the TV at night (which is really just saying I need time to destress from the day, but sleep serves me better)
- look at my calendar for the week and just decide NOT to do some of the things, delegate some tasks or rework appointments
- say NO, which I'm usually good at, but right now with end-of-the-school-year activities and beginning-of-summer activities converging, I've let myself slip. I am a chronic overvolunteer.
- exercise even though it's (really) hot outside
Do you slip from your routines? How do you get back on track? I started with the first one and asked the kids to help–we planned out this week's meals and made a grocery list. It took a lot of pressure off and now I'm happily NOT thinking about what's for dinner (it's Taco Tuesday, so that was an easy one).
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