I was having a conversation with a friend last night about the fact that it is sometimes so hard to calm my racing brain (pun intended!). Ever since I gave birth, I feel like it is so hard to just sit still and NOT focus on the million and one things that I have to do.
I sometimes fall asleep and wake up in the middle of the night unable to go back to sleep because the to do list that keeps rolling through my head will not stop. Meanwhile, my husband could sleep through a herd of elephants trampling through our room!
I wonder if some of this pressure to keep moving and get everything done is a byproduct of the messages that we are all getting that we need to do more, feed our children this, decorate our house like that, take our kids here, insert whatever you want next.
As mothers, I know that there are a lot of us who feel like we are sometimes overwhelmed trying to hold down the fort. I sat down in my house yesterday, marveling at the boxes that are still strewn about. We “moved” several months ago, but much of our life is still in a 10 x 20 storage unit and in boxes.
I feel like I am just trying to stay afloat amidst child care, unpacking, home improvement, cooking, cleaning, and other home maintenance. Instead of letting the anxiety of dealing with it all consume me, I have decided that I am going to enjoy the rest of this summer with the boys.
It’s my older son’s last summer before starting school, and I want to live it up! So, as mothers, let’s try to be a little easier on ourselves. We need to recognize the many jobs we do, and that we can’t always do them perfectly! Now go have some fun!