Mindful in the MEssy Middle
5 Ways to Embrace the Mommy Madness
by Teresa Lazzaro
It’s November 1st … the kids are coming down from the sugar rush of Halloween. Christmas is just around the corner ; 54 days to be exact. Ever since school started for my two kids, I feel like every day has been a mad rush. Get the kids ready for school, go to work, come home, make dinner, homework, bedtime routine and repeat …. I’m sure all you moms out there can relate (working and stay at home). Finding time for myself seems like a fantasy and non-existence. As the days pass I’m finding it harder to stay afloat. Things have fallen through the cracks and I can’t keep up. As moms we are so hard on ourselves, we do so much and have so much on our shoulders. We are wonder women trying to save the world … ok maybe not the world but our families, close enough. There are days when I do so much and still can’t keep up and this is what I realized; it’s ok … really it is. We were not meant to carry the weight of the world or our families on our shoulders. Below are five ways to embrace the mommy madness when you feel like you’re having a meltdown:
1. Cry – When I feel like I can’t cope with the stresses around me I like to have a good cry. It’s therapeutic to release the build up of emotions leading up to the point when you feel you can no longer cope.
2. Silence – When I arrive home from work there are million things I could start doing immediately but for 5 minutes I sit in silence, take a deep breath and then get started on the usual evening routine.
3 .Ask for help – I have always struggled with asking for help, however at this point in my life, it is imperative. I tell my husband when I feel overwhelmed and ask for his assistance with the kids, chores, etc.
4 .Wine – Occasionally, I indulge in a glass of wine. It is the perfect way to unwind (no pun intended) after a long day.
5. Meditate – While I lie in bed about to go to sleep I put on a mediation app and listen to a guided mediation. Most times I usually fall asleep when listening, this also helps me on those nights when I can’t turn my mind off.
Love, strength and peace to all you moms out there.
- Teresa xoxoxo
Author, Mindful Mother, Soul Seeker
Teresa is a married, working mother of two young children: one daughter and one son. In January 2016, she made the decision to start her spiritual journey and has been on a spiritual path ever since. She is passionate about writing, meditation, yoga, and discovering the abundance of knowledge with regards to spiritual growth, personal growth and living authentically.
With her hectic schedule, she attempts to find balance and flow through meditation, practicing gratitude and maintaining a positive outlook on life. Through her writing, she gives an honest perspective of the trials, tribulations and rewards of motherhood.