When we are in the thick of being a mom, things can go South in a big hurry, leaving our heads to spin. We can be blind sighted, we can be thrown off our feet, and we can be left begging for mercy…but who do we beg? Who can come to our rescue?
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The thing is, there are times when life is going a little haywire, and then there are times when life just overwhelms us.
Sometimes, we just need a 9-1-1 guide when we simply need to be rescued.
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We are now in the dog days of summer when sometimes as moms we have had our fill of the sibling squabbles, the constant demands of kids wanting this or that, and our kids bouncing off the walls! The excitement of the start of summer has worn off, the activities may have slowed down some, and it may be too hot to go outside, which means you are all trapped inside.
While calling 9-1-1 clearly is not an option in a non-emergency situation, having a resource to go to that involves no thinking — just a step-by-step action plan to follow– is essential.
Look no further, I’ve got it right here. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s straightforward because the last thing you need when you are on the verge of collapse is a lengthy list that only makes your head spin all the more. As moms on the brink of despair, we need something that can give us the reprieve we so often crave, especially when it gets to be this time of the year.
Without further ado, here it is as simple as it can be.
- Let it out. Go into a room that is as soundproof as it can be and give a good scream. Seriously. The emotional release you feel when doing this will instantly make you feel better. Now, I don’t recommend making this a regular habit, and hopefully, you don’t need this plan on a regular basis, but a good healthy scream works wonders.
- Reach out. As in call a friend. However, don’t talk about the situation that just happened, don’t talk about your frustration, and if possible, don’t even talk about your kids at all. The idea is to talk about something totally different to remove yourself from the situation, focusing on something else. Even just asking her about her day is a great thing.
- Time out. Get your kids involved in a safe activity and just space out for a little bit. Sometimes I literally just lay on my bed and do nothing…just breathe. If your mind starts to wander to everything that got you to your meltdown point, push them away. This is time to do nothing that has to do with that.
- Get out. Get out of the house. With or without your kids, just get outside the four walls of your home for a bit. Sometimes this could mean only a 10 minute walk around the block no matter how brisk, but even that short amount of time will be enough to clear your mind and diffuse your senses.
Having a short and sweet action plan for those times when you just can’t be a mom for one more second is so important. Keep these simple tips on hand to walk through the next time you find yourself there. Before you know it, spring will be here and we will be looking forward to the beauty of summer. Until then, here is the survival plan you need to finish the winter season strong in your role as a mom.