At some point in each one of our lives we have all fallen into mom funk, day in and day out we get through the days just going through the motions… We get up. We get the family ready. We clean the house; some of us go to work. We run errands. We take care of our toddlers and babies while the bigger kids are at school. The big kids come home from school and we help with homework, run to sports practices, music lessons, etc and then it is up to use to make dinner and then shoo the kids off to bed so that we can collapse in bed and do it all over again. During the day did we do anything for ourselves? Did we have fun? Did we have the thought of I wouldn’t change this for anything? If you answered no to these questions you might just be suffering from mom funk, so how do you recover from mom funk and learn to love life again?
Finding Joy in the Journey
Several years ago I heard the saying, “Find Joy in the Journey” and fell in love with it! So often we just go through the motions of life. We forget to look for the tender mercies that have been extended to us and start really focusing on what is not happening in our lives. As we do this we become to lose the joy we once had. How do we get this back?
As we find time each day to look for the positive things we begin to have a better outlook on life. I know I have talked about it before, but I have struggled with Colby playing baseball tournaments on Sunday because I struggle with him going to church where he should be and him being there for the team that he signed up for. For the 3 tournaments that we have played this Fall each one of these tournaments has allowed him to still go to church. They have either had a late Sunday start time or have unfortunately lost the early game and we were done just in time to get to church. I certainly could have overlooked this and grumbled more about the tournament being on Sunday or I can look for some bit of positivity and joy in an unfortunate situation.
As we become more grateful our attitude changes and we become happier. I know what each one of you are thinking? I don’t have time… My day is already too busy… But I promise you take 5 minutes each day bullet point a few things you are grateful for and bam you are done and I would bet you are a little less stressed and a little happier.
Now, what do we do about
The No Good Terrible Very Bad Day?!
I promise we have all been there where you are late everywhere, dinner tasted like poo, the kids screamed all day, you got a ticket for talking on your phone in the school zone and you cannot think of one good thing about the day, but I promise you it’s in there. It might take a few minutes to think about, but it’s there. Think of a bad dinner as less calories you consumed so you are one step closer to your weight loss goal, or the fact that the kids stopped screaming to laugh at you while you were getting the ticket, perhaps you running late allowed you to help someone in need along the way… There is always joy in the journey, every single day we just have to look for it….
Get a gratitude journal, grab a sheet a paper, or a notebook and begin jotting down what you are thankful for each day, discover how this small thing makes a big difference in your life.
Stay tuned for more tips and trick to fight off and recover from mom funk!
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