Most moms put on the daily Supermom cape and fly off into the traffic, cup of coffee in hand (I prefer hot tea) and rush into the office. Or for the busy stay-at-home mom, she probably wonders how her day will go with feeding toddlers, folding laundry and mopping the floor to a shine. There are days when I can maneuver things quite well. Then I experience one of those energy droughts, which leave me dazed and confused. All of a sudden, nothing makes sense and I'm terribly exhausted. I get the feeling as though my whole day has been shot down. Whenever I start feeling this way I reflect on what went wrong. What did I try to accomplish for that particular day that was too much for me to handle? It's good to ask yourself such questions (If you have time, right?) in order to learn and grow as a parent and find ways to be more productive.
One day I shared my feelings with a friend, and she told me that I was too hard on myself. How could that be? I thought, 'But I have to do things. I have to get them all done.' Now I have a different approach. The first thing I do when I get home is spend about a half hour relaxing in my bedroom--undisturbed. In addition, I keep repeating to myself that I am only one person and can do only so much in one day. The rest will have to wait. If I burn myself out, then I'm no good to anyone else. So Moms, please keep this in mind and center yourself. Be good to you, lighten your load if possible and then you will have something to give your family and others.