Yesterday was a bad day. One of those days that I wish I could erase from the history of my life. At the end of the day I was ashamed of myself because I was repeatedly angry with Superman, my 1 1/2 year old son. At this age, it’s not like he intentionally tries to make my life miserable. He’s just trying to learn about the world the best he can and he’s dealing with some big ugly molars pushing through his gums (making him more than a bit grumpy). I should be more understanding and patient, but some days I’m not.
So what do I do when I find myself in a funk?
Clean the house. Cleaning makes me feel like I am accomplishing something but sometimes tends to lead to more frustrations as Superman tends to “un-clean” right along-side me.
Take a shower. Taking a shower gives me a moment to meditate. Even if Superman is playing in the water at my feet for the moment he is happy and entertained and I can breath and let the running water pound my neck and shoulders into relaxation.
Have a tickle fest – Laugh! Although laughing is the last thing I want to do on my grumpy days, it’s usually the best thing to help turn my mood around. I just start tickling my son and let his contagious laughter sink into my soul.
Pray. Prayer with true intention is the most effective and the hardest thing for me to do. This is where I have to truly humble myself and admit out loud that I can not do it. That I need help. But when I finally humble myself enough to truly seek my Heavenly Father’s guidance, I always feel peace enter my heart and renewed strength to press on in the journey of motherhood.