It is going to happen. Your plates are all spinning happily in the air and then one thing happens which makes you take your eye off them, and they all come crashing down at once! For me that happens after a bad night, where I haven’t had much sleep. My daughter was poorly on Saturday night and ended up in bed with me at 1am. I ended up reaching for quick snacks which made me feel even more tired and I didn’t feel like cooking. I didn’t feel motivated and let some of the quick chores I do every day lapse a bit which only had a compounding effect and I had double the chores to do this morning.
I think we have to just accept that some days this is just going to happen and hold our hands up and surrender. Get an early night, get back on the food which gives you energy, take a deep breath and focus on something positive. For me, I look forward to my run as well, as this with some upbeat music blows off those cobwebs beginning to form and makes me feel good.
As mums, it is really hard to hold our hands up and say ‘I need to take a break today’. You can’t just slob on the sofa all day and watch sex and the city re-runs with a large glass of wine and a sharing bag of malteasers to yourself. With a 16 month old, I feel like I need eyes in the back of my head as my daughter is getting more and more adventurous (I am sure she is an adrenalin junkie!). I think we just have to admit that life has changed now and prep for those days for when we need a break. We need healthy meals in the freezer ready to go, and healthy tasty snacks in the fridge to grab when we are tired. And after we have put the kids to bed, put down that glass of wine which is going to add to the tiredness, and go to bed ourselves and reset for the next day. Take a step back, think about something positive and write down what it is we have to be grateful for. This really does make a huge difference to the way you feel.
I am by no means perfect but writing in my journal about something I have to be grateful for really helps me to reset. When you are tired you can get frustrated by the smallest and more trivial things. I started doing this after reading the book by ‘the minimalists’. It is true that when you are living intentionally, you focus on the things which are really important to you and let go of the things which aren’t.
I think it helps to remind yourself on days when you feel overwhelmed to take a step back and just write down something you have to be grateful for as it gives you that little bit more perspective. Give it a go!