Last week was a tough week. We experienced some minor calamities around here - the worst being when P1 slid out of her stroller on the walk home from daycare one day, introducing her face to the sidewalk in rather abrupt fashion. She's fine, thank goodness, but there was a good amount of blood and tears and wailing, and the scabs on her face are a little dramatic (it has been an excuse to bust out the cute Finding Nemo bandaids, and to let her indulge in all the ice cream once we made it home).
On top of that, my favorite sweater has turned out to be a favorite dining destination for some hungry moths, J and I both had a couple of long night court shifts (including seeing my 19 year old client, a single mom with a 2 year old daughter, have bail set that she hasn't been able to post), and P1 is transitioning her nap schedule again. Add to that the regular ups and downs of a two-working-parent household with two tiny people, and I've been feeling like my tank is running on empty.
As they say, you can't pour from your cup if it's empty. You have to put your own oxygen mask on first and all that. So I made a little list of the little things I could do that might help me take a beat to fill my own cup back up, so to speak. I found even just thinking about the items on this list to be calming and cheering - sort of like how just planning a vacation can give you some of the joy of actually taking a vacation. Below, some of the small ways I like to bring a little light into a stressful day:
Ok, so these aren't all that revelatory, but sometimes in the moment it's hard to remember that taking a break is an option. It's good to keep in mind, for instance, that just because my kids are having a tantrum, doesn't mean I have to, too (and usually, if I can find my calm, it can help stave off more kiddo tantrums too).
What about you? What strategies do you find yourself turning to when you start to feel like you're running low?
*Image at top by EnvyArt.