Do you think you’re going crazy?
I hear this all the time from moms I know well, moms I cross paths with in the shops and when I talk to myself in the mirror 🙂
Reasons why you may feel crazy
There are a LOT of factors which contribute to feeling like this –
- having a child or children constantly attached to you like a koala bear
- sleep deprivation (need I describe this further)
- guilt. guilt that you’re not the best SAHM or guilt that you work or guilt that one child gets more attention than another. we could probably dedicate an entire post to Mom Guilt
- being stuck indoors with a sick child
- trying to balance all the families needs and all their personalities
What’s the solution
You need a time out my friend. Not a stay in the naughty corner or go to your room time out but a YOU focused time.
Time out from those people you love unconditionally.
It may sound cold but as soon as you get to your destination you’ll want to go back immediately. After you’ve actually completed your YOU focused activity you will be so refreshed you’ll understand the value.
Some ideas to stop the Crazy
So here are some excellent ideas, well according to me 🙂
- Spoil yourself. Get a manicure or a pedicure. I think this is one of my favorites because it’s a great time out with the added bonus of feeling pretty. In a similar vein you could get a facial or a massage.
- Take a Class. You can go during the evenings or on the weekend. Take a class or group that is just about you. I’m doing Yoga and I am horribly bad at it but I’m going to try stick it out.
- Go have tea or coffee somewhere pretty. I find it sometimes refreshing to go with a friend who is in the same boat. That way when you look at each other with that vacant expression you both understand. My friend and I have spent a hour together and landed up repeating the same questions over and over again and laughing because we can’t remember what we were talking about.
- Grab a Drink: Meet up with a friend for a drink or two. If you live in the suburbs like we do and you want to venture into the City, you can arrange the child handover with your partner at the station or bus stop. This way your partner gets a ride home and you get a ride out.
- Shop, Alone! Go do your seasonal clothes shop. For me this is generally limited to sale season and the outlets because I love a bargain. Or just do your grocery shopping alone. You will never believe how much easier it is to do this without kids in tow. Without kids, there is no pram, no whining, no handbag spewing out nappies, snacks and drinks.
I hope you take my advice and do one of these things, maybe even more than one and maybe even more than once.