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Recovering From Mom Funk

How to Recover From Mom FunkAt 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 JourneyFinding 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?

 

A Daily Gratitude Journal

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….

 

Today’s Challenge

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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17 thoughts on “Recovering From Mom Funk”

    1. We all have those days! We are running a whole series, so check back next week for our new “mom funk” post!

  1. This is so true – we all need to try to find the positive in every day, even if (as I sometimes conclude) the fact that each day eventually ends and the next one is a chance to start fresh! I’ve spent periods of my life so focused on the end goal that I forget to enjoy the journey, ups and downs and all, and so this is another great reminder!

  2. Mom funk is the real deal. I think a gratitude journal is one of the best ways to adjust perspective–which is key to getting out of mom funk. 🙂

  3. Thank you for sharing this! No matter what the daily routine is (at home or in the workplace), any routine will become monotonous and boring and challenging to the point where you are questioning the entire purpose of it. It’s the only time, I allow myself to compare myself with others, in the sense that someone always has it worse than me. I try to put things in buckets: petty vs serious problems; it helps put things in perspective.

  4. Mom funk is a great term for exactly how I feel when I’m just dazing off into nothing, going through the phases of motherhood. I love this idea. Having daily gratitude is such a great way to clear the clouds of funk and gain perspective for GOOD.

  5. Going through a tough time lately, it is hard to see the little bits of happy in each day. I try to write down 3 things I’m grateful for each day. Sometimes it’s little things like it stopped raining when I had to pick up my girls. Or a sweet message from my teen when she is sleeping at a friend to wish me good night. And what about being healthy, so important. Thanks Michele for this great reminder to look at the day differently in just those 5 minutes 🙂

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