Do you ever feel like its Groundhog's Day? You know what I mean. Wake up, make breakfast, workout, take the kids to school, take more kids to school, clean up messes, unload the dishwasher, do a load of laundry, check messages, pick kids up from school, make meals, mop the floors--again, get a little work done, pick more kids up from school, grab a snack, go to practices, come home and make dinner, do homework, take showers, get kids to bed, more work, and finally time to CRASH. Oh, and wake back up and do it all over again.
Moms, please give me a heck ya and let me know that you hear me on this one! Anyone would be justified in this getting to them day after day, but as a mom, its just LIFE. And, its WAY easy to get into a bit of a mom rut -- we all have those "BLAH" kind of days where we wish we could curl up and go back to bed with the covers pulled up over our heads. But as I don't see my "peanut butter and jelly making, walking kids to and from school, folding laundry, and cleaning up the pee that wasn't properly aimed" days coming to an end anytime soon (nor, would I actually want it to!), its about sucking it up, day in and day out, and getting yourself OUT of that mom rut and being HAPPY with the life you're living.
Ok, to be completely honest, I'm all about being a mom. But that doesn't mean that I don't get into my own mom rut. We're all human! Even if I am having one of "those days", I still try my best to count my blessings (even when the wood floors have been "glue-sticked"), remember how much I love those little boogars (even when I'm wiping up bloody nose goo from the floor because one kid whacked the other in the face), take joy in the small things (like sitting at the park and repeatedly reminding the boys NOT to throw rocks), and look at those little faces and wonder what I'd ever do without them (because truly, they are AHHHH-mazing, even amidst the craziness!) . And yes, try as I may, even remembering the blessings doesn't always get me out of that rut!
So, that's all well and good, but HOW can we get out of the rut of the day to day, physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing GRIND that we call motherhood?
No, there's no "fix", but we can certainly get into our own groove that breaks that rut!
*No, your kids aren't dogs, but that doesn't mean that you can't train them!
I don't know about you, but the chores, day in and day out, get to me sometimes. I hate cleaning, but I hate a messy house more -- go figure! And with a house of 6, a one momma show just doesn't cut it. I DO make my kids help out with chores. They may be young, but they can certainly help! And having them help around the house and learn to clean up the messes they create not only trains them and teaches them lifelong habits, it helps me out a TON and saves my sanity! They help with unloading the dishwasher, taking folded laundry to their rooms, mopping floors (the chore that everyone loves!), and yes, even wiping up bathroom floors with Chlorox wipes. Ahhhh, a clean house sure makes this momma happy.
*Bring some fun to the middle of the week.
Do you save all of your fun stuff for the weekend? I find us doing that most of the time because by default, we don't usually have free time during the week. But, on those rare days where a soccer practice is rained out or we're stuck home with a sick kiddo, we make the most of it. Hello, impromptu movie night -- with lots of popcorn! Those mid-week, out of the ordinary, fun activities break it up and give us a reprieve from the normal run around. I think its good for all of us!
Have you ever NOT smiled when your little ones start cutting a rug? Well, of course not! I absolutely LOVE my kids moves. My kids are dance party masters and they are S-M-O-O-T-H. So, put on some tunes, crank it up, and dance your rut away with your kids! I betcha you'll feel better in an instant!
*Do something for someone else.
What? Do something for someone else?? I don't even have time to do something for MYself. I know, I know. Really, I totally get it. But taking a little bit of time to do something nice for someone else goes a long way in not just brightening their day, but brightening yours, too. I love to bake, but rarely do it because I don't want the cookies and brownies sitting around my house (way too dangerous!). So, I look for opportunities to serve others and help out by baking. The kids ALWAYS come running to help so really, its a win-win. The kids and I get to have some fun baking together, and someone else gets to benefit from the yummies!
Well, I could go on, but lets leave it with this final suggestion:
*Put on your big girl panties and suck it up, buttercup.
Yes, I really did just say that. Did we all think motherhood would be glamorous? Did we all not realize that things would get a bit monotonous? Well, no, probably not. We don't know what we know until we know it! Man, if someone would just CLUE US IN when we were pregnant with our first baby, right!? Bottom line, motherhood is made up of a whole bunch of mundane tasks -- don't let it get to you. Among the mundane is this whole level of absolute amazingness. But if you can't get past the mundane--the rut--then you can't enjoy all that awesomeness behind it. Diapers, strollers, naps, whining, peed on floors, spit-upped laundry -- well, we'll all look back and miss it. What matters most is looking into those inquisitive, innocent eyes, those oh so little and sweet faces and just EMBRACING it - be grateful! Never let the rut get to you.
Who ever said Groundhog's Day wasn't the greatest day ever!?
"Have an attitude of gratitude."
I don't know about you, but doing something just for ME has a way of brightening my day and getting me out of my rut! Join me this month in doing something just for YOU! As a mom, you NEED it, and you are WORTH IT! Join us for October's fitness and nutrition accountability group. I am grateful each day for the ladies that are my "family" and who support me in this journey of fitness, health, and LIFE!
Now, we just need YOU.