We’re moms. We’re also human. That means we lose our sh*t sometimes. And that’s okay, but if you find yourself losing it a bit more than you should, well, take a breather a read on to find out five simple steps to keep your cool.
Start your day on the right foot. How you start your day really is a good indicator for how the rest of your day is going to go. If you happen to start your day on the wrong foot, that doesn’t mean you’re entirely doomed to have a horrible day, but I’m not going to lie to you, it will definitely be harder!
How can I start my day on the right foot? Well I’m glad you asked! Take ten minutes for yourself in the morning. Put on your favorite songs or podcast while you get ready for the day. Think positive and verbalize how you want your day to be.
Write it out. Don’t give life an extra opportunity to make you flustered when you forget the million and one things you need to do. Have an agenda, or even a simple notebook or to-do list. Organization is key to smooth sailing and keeping your cool.
Read more: How to be Organized & Stay on Track
Morning Pages. Try as we might, we are women and we are highly emotional creatures. I, more often than not, make decisions based on emotion rather than logic. Thankfully, I have my husband who is more logic and less emotion to balance it out! Nonetheless, what to do with all that emotion (that we sometimes don’t even realize we’re bottling up)? Just journal it.
There are endless ways to utilize a journal, and different methods work for different people. One of my favorite methods is known as Morning Pages. All it is, is starting your day by writing out THREE full pages of whatever comes to mind. You write and write until you fill up three pages. This method really helps you pin point your emotions and thoughts that you may not even realize you had.
However, you don’t have to do it first thing in the morning, you can actually do it whenever you feel yourself losing it! Instead of freaking out verbally, take all those emotions and thoughts and write them down! Instead of word vomiting on your spouse, word vomit in your trusty notebook, and I promise you will feel much better!
Meditate. Not the sit criss cross applesauce and say “hmmmmmm” repeatedly kind of meditation. A simple and quick kind. I found this super cool (& free) app called Headspace. You can set up daily reminders and it completely walks you through what to do. You just press start, sit down, relax, and listen! I though it was going to be kind of silly, but I actually really enjoy it and really does help put you in a chill mood. I highly suggest checking out!
Acknowledgement + communication. Acknowledging your emotions (especially when you’re on the verge of losing it) is SO important! Trying to dismiss emotions does nothing beneficial for you, and will only tip the iceberg much sooner. Communicating how you’re feeling with those around you might just be all it takes to save you from losing it!
Save yourself, the people around you, and follow these steps to keep your cool!