Running on empty
You know those weeks where you just feel like you can hardly make it through? Like everything that could be off, is just off. The kids are sick, the house is a mess, you're falling behind on homework deadlines and you can't even pull yourself together enough to deal.
Those are the weeks you feel like your running on empty. Like you have put in all you got and it's still not quite enough.
We have talked here on Things We Heart about how hard it is some days as a mother to be everything you want to be. How in turn Mom's beat our selves up for not meeting our own impossible standards. We have suggested a girls get away and the magic of a perfectly timed hug from a friend to help you refuel.
Somehow this week... OK, past few weeks we have felt ourselves running out of steam. So we want to remind ourselves how to refresh our spirits and be easier on ourselves. Writing is always cathartic for us... So come along on our little list making journey and please share how you build yourself back up.
1. SWEAT: With being crazy busy these past few weeks we have missed out on our normal exercise routine. Obviously, exercise is the best natural antidepressant, so no wonder we are feeling the blues. Sweating clears your body of toxins, clears your head of all the worries and anxiety you may have bumping around in there and NEWS FLASH- Sweating makes your skin look younger. As soon as my sick little one goes back to school, I am hitting the pavement.
2. NATURE: I have always been a canyon girl, my husband a beach boy... The most wonderful part of our home state California is that we have both. Getting out into nature to walk and enjoy the quiet is always refreshing. Plus a little sunshine on your body will recharge your vitamin D and vitamin D makes you happier.
3. TREAT YOUR SELF: So many girls love facials or massages, but for us the best indulgence is going to the hair salon. Honestly, I could go forever without a spa, but take away my hairdresser and life would be cloudy and grey. Finding the time in your families busy schedule to fit in a hair appointment can seem impossible, but make the time for yourself. Feeling fresh and pretty brightens up your whole world.
4. Meditate: We know this sounds new age-y and maybe not your thing, when we say meditate we really mean slow down. Slow down your pace and take a moment to stop, breath in and remember how amazing and fortunate it is that you are a mother. Because, even with vomit in your hair and piles of dirty laundry to be done... Even with your kids fighting and tearing the house apart... Even when you aren't quite sure you will make it though another day with out going nuts... Even in its darkest moments motherhood is filled with so much light. If we don't stop to remind ourselves that, we can get wrapped up and loose sight of it all.
Nobody ever said being a mom was going to be easy, at least we know we are not alone. Give yourself a break. Get out in nature and breath deep, demand lots of snuggles and you'll fill back up in no time.