How do I cut out the Mommy Madness?
- I PRAY. I go directly to my Heavenly Father and pour my heart out. I need His help and I can't do life without Him. I need God to show me what things I can change, what things I need to give up, and what things He can change or help me change.
- I READ MY BIBLE. I do my best to spend at least 10-15 minutes a day reading my Bible. I can't let God work through me efficiently if I don't know His Word. "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119: 11 I can't follow this verse if I am not studying the word on a daily basis.
- I GET UP EARLY. This step isn't for everyone, but it works for me. I like to have a little quiet time in the morning before everyone is up. This is my time I spend praying, reading my Bible, and enjoying a cup of coffee. My kids are a little older now so I am not up and down through out the night with them so I can set my alarm for early in the morning. I have to confess - I am NOT a morning person, but when I don't get up and have quiet time before my kids are up, I feel off balance.
- I GO TO BED AT A REASONABLE TIME. Again, I know this doesn't work for everyone, but I can tell you I don't function well when I am sleep deprived. No sleep = grouchy Cassandra and grouchy Cassandra = grouchy kids + grouchy hubby and grouchy family = bad day. So the solution to this is to get enough sleep and the only way to do that is turn off the Netflix and get myself in bed even when I really, really want to know what happens on the next episode.
- I MAKE LISTS. I use to make lists that were unattainable. They carried over day after day and every time I got one thing done, I was adding something else that needed to get done. Lists were super frustrating to me. I was complaining about this years ago to a friend and she gave me a tip that I use every day now and it makes my lists attainable. The tip was pick the top 5 things you need to get done for that day and write down only those things. If you cross them off, you can add more items, but no more than 5 things should be on your list at a time. I stick to this and my lists are much more attainable which just makes me happy.
My to do list for today...it is blurry, but you get the idea.
- I TAKE A LITTLE ME TIME EVERY DAY. Between homeschooling, managing the house, running errands, keeping appointments, and everything else I do, I could easily get overwhelmed it I don't give myself a little time to recharge every day. Sometimes I get this time in the early morning, sometimes it is after my hubby gets home after work, but whenever it is, it is my time to let my brain relax and just unwind. Sometimes I catch a show on Netflix, sometimes I read, and sometimes I craft it just depends on my mood. I make a point to take a few minutes each day and do this without feeling guilty so that I don't get overburdened with the day to day tasks.
My current craft project, cross stitch wolves for my son.
A recent crochet project, my first full size afghan for my bedroom.