I have to admit that at this point in time, I am overwhelmed. Every parent has moments of feeling this way. Between selling our home, finding a new one to purchase, and realizing that we actually have to pack ALL of our belongings when we leave our humble abode, I think my brain is going to explode. Tack on t-ball practice, games, and the normal day-to-day responsibilities and you have a mama that could really use a fairy godmother. Where is she??
I remember when I was little, I always thought that once I was “big” and had children, I would know everything, I would never fear anything, and I would be able to confidently handle any challenge that came my way. I, like most kids, assumed that my own parents knew everything there was to know about every topic and never had a worry. Now I know better.
We all have times of challenge. Challenge is part of life. The key is really how you deal with the challenges that come your way.
Here are some of the ideas that have helped me throughout the home selling/buying process:
- When I feel like I may start to hyperventilate, I take a deep breath and just think about the day’s tasks at hand. If I worry about next week or next month, it will not be productive, so one day at a time is a great rule of thumb for me.
- Write it down! I am a fanatic about making lists. For some people it isn’t helpful, but for me, seeing what I need to tackle in writing makes me less overwhelmed. Plus, you get the satisfaction of checking things off! Am I weird for enjoying this?
- Take note of the positives in the situation. Sure, I have to pack up my whole life, but the payoff in the end will be worth it. Am I right? Oh, I hope so.
- Rather than being totally absorbed in the craziness you are dealing with, make an effort to keep the routine in your household as normal as possible. Sticking to the things you usually do will help your little ones feel secure and safe even if there is a transition taking place. Even though a move is on the horizon and we are obsessed with looking at houses, sitting down to dinner each night is important and naps and bedtime routines remain the same.
- Celebrate the little victories! Look at what you have accomplished rather than what you still need to do.
- Pamper yourself a little. Whether this involves a little retail therapy, a trip to the spa, or just fifteen minutes alone with your favorite magazine, it will help your mindset and refresh you.
I would love to hear about what helps you when dealing with a challenge or a bump in the road. What helps you find sanity?
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