I’ve been feeling really stressed lately. With two little ones, a part-time job, and a husband who works late every night, I often wish I had three extra hours every day just to get things done around the house (oh, and it would be lovely if I had even 30 minutes for myself!). Life can be overwhelming.
In an attempt to lessen my day-to-day stresses, I’ve decided to tackle them head on. I’m making an effort to isolate what causes me stress and then do something about it. Upon reflection, I noticed that the following things seem to stress me out on a daily basis:
Meal times: By 12:30 Evie is hungry and cranky and Mack is tired and cranky. Fixing lunch while Evie is hanging on my leg and Mack is fussing is never fun. So, I now make lunch when I make breakfast. Putting together a tray with a homemade peanut butter sandwich, homemade yogurt and grapefruit slices takes only a few minutes, but doing it ahead of time is lifesaver! As soon as we return home from our morning activities I can put lunch on the table for Evie, keeping her happy so I can take care of Mack.
The “Witching” Hour: Anyone with kids knows about this dreaded time of the day. For reasons unknown to me, kids and babies seem to just meltdown between 5-7. Perhaps its a combination of tiredness, hunger, and sadness about the end of another day. Whatever the cause, I know its crucial I have a plan ready to avoid near certain tantrums. The moment I sense the imminent arrival of The Witching Hour I pack up the kids and head outside for a walk. Sometimes just 20 minutes out in the fresh air is all it takes to re-charge our batteries so we can gear up for nighttime rituals and bedtime.
Stuff: As I’ve written about before, stuff really stresses me out. Useless items take up precious space in my home, but, more importantly, they really drag down my spirit. So, I’ve instituted an in-out policy: nothing new comes in the house until something old is discarded. While I still feel like we’ve got too much stuff, at least I’m being proactive about not acquiring any more!
My Hair: Ok, I know this pales in comparison to the first three points above, but right now I am stuck in post-pregnancy hair hell and its driving me nuts. I’m leaving stray hairs all over the place, and the hair that’s staying in my head is dry and drab. I’m working on homemade ways to ease the frustration. More to come on this later…
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