Ever feel drained with absolutely nothing left to give?
Today I’m there. It’s an off day for sure with little energy to spare, no desire to do anything productive and I’m a little too close with Debbie downer.
How did I get here? Well, our household got rocked with illness. First, my husband contracted a bacterial form of bronchitis and is currently still fighting it off three weeks later.
Then I picked up a bug from a party I attended. Which I promptly gave to the baby who developed Croup. On top of that, the baby and I infected grandma who is the munchkins only planned babysitter.
What a bitch of a month I’ll tell ya!
All that and add a very painful mouth for the munchkin due to teething. This has resulted in her not sleeping all day and just feeling miserable overall. She’s currently sleeping on my chest, a position she hasn’t accepted being in since her body was as big as my torso. (Just to put this into context, she’s a ginormous baby).
So when you’re spent and need something, anything, to just get through the day, what can you do?
Well, I’ll tell ya a few things that help me with hopes that they help you too.
It’s hard to stay negative when you start thinking about all the blessings in your life. Take some time to focus on these blessings whether it’s your beautiful children, your amazing spouse, or that delicious Chunky Monkey ice cream calling your name in the fridge.
Taking stock, and better yet, thanking God, for all the blessings you have right now. In this very moment. Shifting your focus to the positive and viewing it through a thankful lense is helpful in refocusing your attention and energy.
Revel in the Little Moments
Like I said earlier, my little munchkin is passed out on my chest. Her little arms reaching around me in a sweet embrace. This is something I’ll look back on and smile… and probably miss very much.
Maybe it’s taking a little extra time when kissing your spouse goodnight. Maybe it’s a moment at the right time of day when the warm sun hits your face through the window. Maybe it’s looking up at the stars and seeing your favorite constellation.
Whatever it is, know that the moment is special and allow yourself to rest in it.
Prioritize Self Care
I knew my husband needed to go to sleep early tonight due to a waaay too early start to his day tomorrow. But I still asked him for a half hour to decompress and indulge in a cup of hot chocolate.
And boy did I need it! I felt my tense muscles start to relax. I felt more mentally prepared for another rough night with the munchkin.
Self-care is huge! And you should make time to practice it daily. It doesn’t matter if it’s something small like going outside to soak up some sun for a few minutes. Or something big like a fragrant bubble bath with candles and wine… does that still happen in mommyhood??
The better you care for yourself, the better you can care for your loved ones.
And a final word for these days that take everything from you… this too shall pass. And today will be just a memory. And hopefully, one you’ll look back upon and smile.