Surviving the Chaotic Moments of Motherhood

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For some reason, if my kids are in the same room together for more than about two minutes, they start fussing and fighting. It almost never fails. One is picking on the other, or taking something away, or hitting, or even making a face at the other. It’s always something.

If you have kids who always play very sweetly together, count it a huge blessing. :)

Don’t get me wrong, they do have moments when they actually sit and play together with blocks or Legos peacefully. Those are the times I stand back, watch and say, “ahhhh….,” because I know it will be short-lived.

As a mom dealing with this type thing on a regular basis, it really can take its toll on my sanity and zap my energy. I need ways to give my mind a break and pep up my energy level. This way I can love and enjoy both the peaceful and chaotic moments.

So….

I Exercise

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Photo By Sally

I hate to say it but, I’m not quite as committed as I once was to working out every single day. However, I refuse to allow myself to quit, because there’s no substitute for a good heart-pumping workout.

It makes me feel good about myself and relieves stress, not to mention the many health benefits. It’s true that exercise gives you energy too. Although it may not feel that way in the beginning, in just a short time, you can tell a real difference.

I Read

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I love to read a good Christian romance novel. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good love story. Plus, since they’re based on Christian principles, they are spiritually uplifting. The stories also give me a chance to escape to a different time and place for a short while.

For some reason, I’m intrigued with books written in the 1800’s setting. It’s interesting to imagine what it would have been like to be a wife and mother in that time period. Seriously, we have so many luxuries that were unheard of back then.

I Breathe

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Sometimes I need a moment of peace, and I need it RIGHT NOW! One of the things I’ve found that helps in this situation is to shut myself in my bedroom or step out onto the front porch for a few minutes and take some deep breaths with my eyes closed.

I try to forget about everything else. It’s a great way for me to relax quickly and regather my thoughts. Try it sometime. It really does help.

I love my family and my life…

…and by taking care of myself, I can more fully enjoy everything they have to offer.

What do you do when you just need a break, mentally and/or physically?

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Posted on May 7th, 2010 in Mom's Corner | One Comment

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