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12 Ways I Cope When I'm Feeling Overwhelmed
Some days, parenting is just hard.
The baby is teething, or just will not take a nap. The bathrooms haven’t been cleaned in a month, or that to-do list is never getting any shorter.
Sometimes I just feel frazzled and I can feel my patience coming to an abrupt end. Over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks for dealing with that jittery, desperate feeling.
Feeling Like This?
Instead of breaking down, here’s a few tricks I try:
#1: Go to a friend's house
When the day is dragging and I’m tearing my hair out at home, I invite myself over to someone’s house for a change of scenery, some adult conversation, and some other face to entertain my children.
#2: Visit the park
Some fresh air almost always calms me right down. Plus, it wears my girls out so they go to bed more easily!
#3: A long bath
Not for me – for my girls! I toss them in the tub and they are entertained for a long period of time while I can flip through a magazine or just listen to the splashing.
#4: Snuggle on the couch
Sometimes, the best thing I can do is forget the to-do list and snuggle on the couch with my girls. It helps me remember what’s really important (if the bathrooms aren’t clean, well, they’ll still be there tomorrow).
#5: Put on some music and dance
The music makes the house feel happy and moving around helps clear my head and cheer me up.
Vacuuming makes the house instantly look better and I find the white noise of the vacuum really calming (plus, it makes me feel like I’ve done at least ONE productive thing!)
#7: Take a walk
Looking at bugs and running around means my girls aren’t hanging off of me, and getting a little exercise soothes my nerves.
#8: Be silly
Laughter really can be the best medicine. And my girls love it when I act a little goofy.
#9: An early bedtime
Sometimes, there’s no waiting until 7 p.m. If I just can’t deal, I put those girls down at 6:15 and we all have a better day after a good night’s sleep.
#10: Visit the library or bookstore
I’m a huge book lover, so being surrounded by books helps to settle me down. And my girls love to go too.
#11: Call my mom
Even though she lives three time zones away, it’s so reassuring to hear a voice on the other end of the phone that loves me.
#12: Eat a cookie
Eating four or five cookies might make me feel worse, but one or two can definitely cheer me up.