There is so much to do. So much undone. There are so many decision to make. So many choices to consider. The house is a mess. Lesson plans to work out. There are clean dishes (really? yes!) to put away yet dirty dishes are piled high. The kids are everywhere into everything. Asking for this and permission for that – AFTER the fact. There is a birthday party to plan (someone turns 7 today!). And the cat ate the cake. It’s past 9 am and we still haven’t had breakfast. Need I go on?
Here are 10 tips for coping when you are overwhelmed and you feel as though the waves are crashing in.
- Scream. Let it out. I’m not talking abusive yelling of obscenities at the kids. Just step out of the room and open the valve a little, let the steam out so you aren’t a pressure cooker ready to explode.
- Breathe. Good air in, frustrations out. In, out. Get your blood and brain oxygenated so you can face whatever may be ahead.
- Retreat to your favorite corner with a good book or your laptop to read your favorite blogger. It’s easier to solve everyone else’s problems and put their life back on track. It might even help put yours back in perspective.
- Go off and have a good cry. Yes! Crying does wonders. Tears can be very healing.
- Laugh. Really. These are the things that we’ll remember with hilarity 10 years from now. Might as well start right now and enjoy the humor of it all.
- Call your husband or a friend and ask them to remind you this too shall pass. Sometimes just hearing someone else say so helps you get past the crazy.
- Make a list. Getting it all down on paper clears the head. You won’t be wasting energy and time trying to think of what needs doing next.
- Do the next thing. This is a piece of advice I learned from Elisabeth Elliot. Do the easy things first. Do something, anything. That will break the pattern of feeling paralyzed.
- Give up. Chuck the plans and make new ones. Take a walk. Ride your bikes. Go swimming! Go out for an ice cream cone!
- Last but absolutely not least – pull out the scriptures, spend some time with the Lord, have a mini quiet time, right where you are. Seeing things through HIS eyes will help you see it all more clearly.
- Chocolate. Need I say more?
- Coffee. Goes without saying.
The housework will wait, the school work will wait. And if you take time to collect yourself and get a whole new perspective, you’ll find you can tackle the
trials disasters distractions in life so much easier. They won’t seem so insurmountable.
Yes, I know. I said there would be 10 tips and I included 12. Couldn’t help myself. Consider it your bonus for today – 12 for the price of 10!
this post linked to link parties at The Better Mom, Far Above Rubies, Cornerstone Confessions, TimeWarp Wife, Hip Homeschool Mom’s, Deep Roots at Home and Top 10 Tuesday. Welcome Home Wednesday, Walking Redeemed, Works for Me Wednesday, and Next Gen Homeschool.