Over at 3 Kids and Us, Cat brought up mommy mental meltdowns. We’ve all had them, especially when our kids are very young and we’re being stretched beyond capacity to be super mom. We kind of feel like Elastigirl… only without the power to stretch (ow!).
Reading Cat’s post made me think. Mommies need to take time to relax once in awhile. We think we have to go, go, go but it’s important that we wind down, too!
*Disclaimer: None of this has to do with Cat, but all mommies in general! lol Just didn’t want anyone to think I’m preaching – now THAT would be funny. It’s just good advice to everyone, including myself! ;-)
Okay, back to meltdowns. When it comes to mommy meltdowns, prevention is key. So I started to think of the things that make me feel good, things I do for me and not for everyone else. And I’m hoping you’ll share some of the ways that you wind down, too!
- Take time to read a fun book a few times a week. (Right now I’m reading Veiled Freedom by Jeanette Windle – yes, STILL – but coming up next is Love’s Pursuit by Siri Mitchell, one I’m really excited about!)
- Get exercise, whether it’s EA Sports Active or a walk outside with Emma in her stroller.
- I know a lot of people love their baths to wind down. I don’t take baths much but I do like a nice hot shower every morning. There’s no way I would be sane without that. Starting the morning right is so necessary!
- Get enough sleep! I can just hear the laughter now… but seriously, when the kids nap you can nap. If you need the sleep, sleep! Don’t try to get everything done while the kids are napping and sacrifice your sleep.
I know it’s hard to make time for these things, but if you can get some help from your husband (our husbands generally see it’s in everyone’s best interest that you don’t have a meltdown, lol) or even just give yourself some slack and not put so much on your to-do list, you might find it helps a lot! I really do have a lot to say about how much pressure we as moms put on ourselves to be perfect and do everything for our family (I am supermom!), but that comes later in a separate post. ;-)
So tell me, what do you do to wind down and prevent mommy meltdown?