Can you feel me? It's been one of those days. One of those days that are starting to become a little too regular. The days when you are struggling to get through your to-do list, already a little stressed, and tired, but the kids (and animals) need you. They need you for every little thing! Patience starts wearing thin. Teeth clenching, you may even feel the tears starting, or maybe the urge to scream is creeping up.
TAKE A BREAK! Do yourself and your family a favor and take a break.
It does NOT make you weak. It does NOT make you selfish. It does NOT make you a bad parent.
You are human. We are human and sometimes we need a break.
In fact, I personally believe you are doing your children a favor when you let them see you in real flawed human form. We do not have to be super mom and super dad all the time. It's a great time to sit down and have a heart to heart with your kid, in a kid friendly manner of course. Allowing them to understand your struggles and following it up with a healthy coping skill/s is one of the best things you can do for them. In that moment you are teaching them life skills that so many off us struggle with.
In that moment you take away the need for perfection. You create space for understanding and empathy. You engrave feeling recognition and healthy coping skills that will serve them through childhood and for the rest of their lives.
The next time you feel overwhelmed, teeth clenching, tears starting, and screaming creeping up, do yourself a favor and take a break!
*Find a quiet space and a good book to read for 10 minutes
*Take a walk
*Practice mindfulness, tap into your 5 senses:
What can you see, smell, taste, touch, and hear
*Make a cup of tea
*Listen to your favorite song
*Dance it out
*Laugh it out
*Do a 10 minute Yoga flow
*Journal about it
I could write this blog post today because today was one of those days for me. I am human. We are human, and we all need a break some times.
Have a beautiful week and remember to practice taking breaks before you break. And know it's ok to have a child friendly conversation with your kids about why you need a break. They may just surprise you and give you that big olé hug you were so needing!
Lots of Love,
Berkleigh, Happiness & Health Motivator