I recently wrote a post about how to fix your toddler’s bad day. But let’s face it, they’re not the only ones who get out of sorts. Some days as a stay at home mom seem bad from the moment you get out of bed.
Maybe you were up all night with the baby, the kids are sick, or you simply don’t have any ambition.
You’re in your PJs, the house is a mess, the kids are running around in nothing but diapers (if you’re lucky) and the mountain of work looks so overwhelming you just sit on the couch trying to muster the wherewithal to get started.
These are my go-to ways to kickstart my ambition and get my day on the right track when I just feel BLAH.
Seems simple and very obvious, but for a stay at home mom, it is easy to just stay in my PJs since nobody is seeing me but the kids anyway. But if I don’t know where to begin, taking the time to put on clothes that make me feel cute and brushing my hair improve my mood, and I find myself looking around for what to do next. I feel fresh, more awake, and confident in myself, even though it’s just me and the babies.
Make Your Bed.
Again, extremely simple, but it does so much. It’s your first thing done on a massive to-do list, a small success to give you the boost you need to keep going. And if things go south and I don’t get anything else done, I can crawl into a freshly made bed at the end of the day. There’s something so relaxing about that for me.
Eat (preferably something healthy).
As moms we can get so preoccupied making sure the kids are fed, clothed, and happy that we forget to take care of ourselves. I’m not a breakfast person AT ALL, but I try to take the time in the morning to eat something that will give me energy for the day. My go-to breakfast is a simple chocolate protein shake. It’s quick to make, quick to eat, and quick to clean up. A win for sure! Eating properly avoids mom burnout at 1 pm and keeps me from crashing on the couch the instant the kids are napping. If you feel terrible, you’re not going to have a good day. A hardboiled egg and a granola bar can make the difference. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just make sure it includes some protein.
Take a moment (and often moms only have a moment!) to commit your day to God. Read a chapter in your Bible if the kids will let you, but if not, God still hears you while you’re washing dishes. Thank Him for all your blessings, especially the loud rambunctious ones running around your house. He understands that we can’t set aside huge chunks of uninterrupted quiet time a day. He knows that we’re tired and exhausted. Don’t get down on yourself because your quiet time isn’t what it was before you had children. God knows your heart.
Prioritize Your To-do List.
Pick the one or two most important
things that need to get done today and focus on that, even if it’s all that you accomplish. If you get more things done after, then great! But if not, you can still go to bed satisfied.
Sometimes there is so much to do it is easy for me to run from one thing to the next and never finish one thing fully. I end up with the dishwasher partially loaded, the laundry dry but not folded, vacuuming the kitchen but not the living room, etc. Focus on the most important thing and finish it completely before moving on.
Plan to Run Some Errands.
Maybe this is just me and I’m weird, but when I leave the house I like it to be clean and tidy. I hate coming home and walking into a mess, especially if I’ve been out all afternoon and now I have to quickly start supper. If I know I’m going to be going out later, I have way more ambition to get everything cleaned up and tidy in the morning. Having plans for later in the day gives me the challenge to have everything done by a certain time, and I’m always shocked how much I can get done when I have a deadline.
What about you? I would love to hear what you do when your day starts off on the wrong foot. How do you turn it around? Drop a comment below.
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