The Mommy Meltdown
When you find yourself losing your cool, whatever the reason, don’t forget to breathe.
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Here is the part of the show where I admit to having a great vice. I am horribly addicted to caffeine. I drink it all day long in coffee, soda, and iced tea. The more stressed I get or the more tasks I assign myself, the more caffeine I apparently need to keep going. I’m aware of this bad habit and correcting it is on my “to-do” list, but for now I’m going to tell you that I know caffeine isn’t the answer. Actually, it will only make things worse as far as I can tell. When I’m stressed or tired, I use caffeine to perk myself up and to my own detriment, I wind up completely jittery and uncomfortable. This does not help me relax in the least. I realize now that it can actually perpetuate my anxiety. So, if you find yourself reaching for that cup of coffee to help energize you, I recommend having a nice crunchy apple instead. An apple will give you a natural energy boost, will last longer than a caffeine-high, won’t give you the jitters, and it’s even good for you!
[[AdMiddle]Finally, remember that your children are your allies. They aren’t trying to make your life miserable on purpose. Well, I can’t speak for your teenagers, but I’m sure the little ones that still love to hear bedtime stories are on your side most of the time. Even if you are at the end of your rope, angry, crying, and just can’t wait for that hot bath you’ll be able to take when Daddy gets home, be sure to hug your kids. If they are currently being punished for some of their actions that contributed to your current meltdown, that’s fine. The punishment will still be there even if you do give them a hug. It’s probably better to talk to your kids about their indiscretions later, when you can communicate more coherently. If you are anything like me, and I hope that at least some of you are, the hug that you receive back will be more healing for you than anything else I’ve previously mentioned in this episode.
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