How to Find Joy When Your Down & Out
Life can feel like a rat race, scrambling to find a balance between work and home-life. Add in some COVID-19, our children’s educational path, and now we’re down-right drowning in worry, overload, and exhaustion. How do you get back to feeling joy when you’re just ready to wave the flag and surrender? First and foremost, you need to recharge your mom-batteries. No matter what needs to be done, give yourself a break and do something that makes you happy. Things that actually work:
Stop waiting for something to make you happy…live your life!
- Choose to be happy! You have a choice in the way you react and your mindset. Fill your mind-bank with positive affirmations.
- What you put into your mind really does matter! Try mixing up a daily regiment adding in devotionals and or uplifting quotes.
- Meditate & practice deep breathing techniques, this lowers anxiety levels 100%! Even if it’s for 5 minutes, your mind will thank you!
- Press pause. When life gets overwhelming, pause, acknowledge what’s going on, and in many instances, the best thing to do is walk away from the drama.
- Walk it out…get outside, go for a walk, listen to your favorite playlist.
Sending Kids Back to School
Hot button topic huh??? Listen, we’re doing the best we can in a really weird situation. We’re also living through history in the making. I think we can rest assured no matter what choice you make for your family, virtual, brick and mortar, or a mixture of both…that’s what works for your family, because we still have to work, and put dinner on the table. Here’s another tidbit of information, these teachers that are going back to school, well, they’re just as important as our kids. Here are some tips for back-to-school and moms:
- Set boundaries and guidelines!
- (We’ve really had a hard time getting back to a schedule since we’ve been winging it for four months. We’ve had to take away electronics, enforce punishments & consequences, and set alarms to make sure the boys are learning about their responsibilities and not gaming all night).- Just being honest!
- Timelines are lifelines:
- My husband and I have had to sit down and really think of a logical plan that will work for the whole family. He’s out the door early every morning, and I work from home. Setting a timeline for the day gives everyone a little breathing room. I work early in the morning (most productive hours) and then get the kids up and running around 9:30-10 a.m. This gives me hours to prepare, plan, and get my head on straight. Set a timeline that works for your family. Kids up early? Figure out a routine that can flow and work with your schedule.
- Find Time to Get Outside:
- The sun, fresh air, and energy that flow when being outside are not only good for your body, it’s excellent for clearing the mind.
Back to Brick & Mortar School:
- Talk to your kids:
- Open lines of communication with kids will help them ease back into a school setting. Try contacting your school and asking what specifically is going to be different, will there be partitions between desks, teachers only moving between classes & not students, or maybe kids eating lunch at their desk. Any bit of information can help your child acclimate back into an unknown environment.
- Daily Routine:
- When returning home from school wash hands, and perhaps spraying bookbags & shoes would be a good idea.
- Pack a water bottle for your child, it’s a probability that water fountains will be shut off.
- Wash face coverings from school each night. The boiling method may be easiest (pot of water, bring to boil, drop in masks & swirl for several minutes, then let air dry). This link from Digital Trends has alternative ideas and methods for washing masks.
- CDC Link here, has a load of back-to-school tips for children, parents, and teachers.
- What to Watch for:
- If child has a temp of 100.4, they should not go to school.
- Sore throat, cough, diarrhea, body aches, etc…please keep child home.
- Came into possible contact with COVID-19 case, please do not send your child to school.
Quick Lunches for Home-Schooling
Quick lunches that fill-up and get the mind focused are a necessity right now. Juggling life has never been more difficult, and finding time to cook a lunch while working, and now homeschooling is the lowest priority on my “to-do” list. Here are some ideas to get you through the week if you happen to have your kiddos home also!
- DIY Lunchables:
- Turkey, cheddar, and Triscuits (the Roasted Garlic flavored Triscuits are life!)
- Chicken Nuggets, oranges, & carrots w/ Ranch
- Salami, pretzels, & grapes
- English Muffin Pizza
- Throw English Muffin in toaster.
- Spread on pizza sauce, cheese, & toppings (optional)
- Toss in toaster oven until cheese is melted, viola!
- NOTE: You can even make hot ham & cheese sandwiches on English Muffins & toss in a fruit on the side.
- Quesadilla’s are life! Quick, easy, and SO versatile! Just cheese? Add some shredded chicken, or even an all veggie quesadilla are just a few ideas.
- Make your own sub: buy mini sub-rolls, prep toppings in sandwich bags: (tomatoes, onions, spinach, black olives, etc…) let the kids make their own version of a “Subway” sandwich. Easy clean-up & fast!
- That version of lo-mein you made for dinner last night, just became “cold peanut noodles!” – Add a side of some quick peel & eat edamame for flare 🙂
30-Minute Exercise Routine
There’s no doubt about it, exercising makes us feel like a thousand bucks, releases stress, and gets that tension out of the body. So why do we hate exercising when it makes us feel incredible?? (Well at least I do…have to admit that one…) Here are some ways that help me get up and going because without that extra push, I know I’m going to make any excuse to get out of my daily grind:
- Figure out a schedule for the week mixing up yoga, walking, & weights, which helps keep a rhythm going so we don’t get bored: (Monday- Yoga, Tuesday-Biking, etc…)
- Set clothes out for the next day’s routine- ready to go without any excuse!
- Get up early and crank it out in the morning. Those endorphins get the mind & body ready for the day.
- Try doing yoga, walking or biking with the kids as an extra pick-me-up for the day.
- Make an awesome playlist that pumps you up! Here are free sites that already have playlists for every type of activity:
Coffee & Jesus
This week we’ve been reading quick 3-minute devotions for women called “Too Blessed to be Stressed“ by Debra Coty. A scripture that hit my heart was from Ephesians 5: 15-20, summarized, it states “make the most of every opportunity, speak to each other with love, make music in your heart, and give thanks for everything...” Debra Coty points out that we should not be wasting our precious time worrying about perfectionism or comparisons. “We’re not in competition for the cleanest house award. Who cares if the gal next door’s shower-head is shinier than yours?” (Coty, 2007) At this point in the chaos of 2020, the last thing we need to be worried about is being stressed about a messy house, which we are truly living in, every moment of the day!
Let us know what books you’re reading this week! Fiction, non-fiction, uplifting? We’d love to hear what’s on everyone’s reading agenda ~