Do you ever feel like you're kind of drowning...but slowly?
It's been a weird few weeks. Mercury in retrograde, COVID, dangerous and weird flooding, European unrest, monkeypox, a bear market, and let's not forget things like laundry, folding clothes, putting clothes away, dishes, laundry, folding clothes, putting clothes away, dishes, laundry...repeat! Can you tell what I don't like doing?
On Monday of this week, I gave myself a big ole fat 'F' for my mothering skills. I completely lost my patience with Teal. I was on the brink of tears for most of the day...for whatever reason, I was tired of getting smacked in the face and it just wore me out. To add fuel to the fire, my husband tested positive for COVID so I had no escape. (Single moms...you are my heroes!)
Anyhoots, as I write this today, I am reminded that I am not alone. You are with me! :-) Each of you, I imagine, has given yourself an 'F' at some point in your parenting/life journey. And you kept going. You woke up the next day and tried to do a little better. And if you got a 'D' the next day, well that was a bit better. That is ALL we can do each morning...try to do better. And while you're trying to do better, please remember to be gentle with yourself.
10 things I did this week to calm my energy and lift my spirits
- Placed rose oil on my vagus nerve daily (behind my ears and down the sides of my neck).
- Ate leftovers! And, we ordered pizza one night.
- Washed and 'Dyson'd' my hair...oh heaven.
- Used a yummy citrus oil face scrub.
- Spoke honestly to my husband and daughters about my struggles.
- Played with my crystals and picked a few that spoke to my soul (rose quartz, green aventurine, smokey quartz, sodalite).
- Listened to my favorite podcasts.
- Found humor in Teal's actions (ie: laughed more and tried not to take everything so seriously).
- Climbed like a crazy-mom up a huge jungle gym with Teal on her field trip to the discovery museum (sometimes you gotta do what it takes to get your daughter up with the other kids).
- Asked for help!
Maybe a few of these things can help you the next time you slide down on the grading scale of parenting!
I believe in you.