You need to relax. You need to calm down. You need to relieve some of that stress, they say. If it were only that easy.
Here are some tips to relieve stress. Here is a routine you should follow. You will be a lot calmer, they say. If it were only that easy.
1. Get plenty of sleep and you will wake up refreshed and energetic in the morning.
To this, I answer with the 3 P’s. Preschooler, Pee breaks and Pressure.
I dare anyone to get a full night’s sleep after having a child. I toss and turn to relieve the pressure, I have to pee 2 – 3 times a night and there is almost always a pushy, whiny preschooler in my bed. There is no way that I will be refreshed and energetic in the morning. Also, if people were meant to pop out of bed in the morning, we would all sleep in toasters.
2. Make time for yourself to exercise.
Yeah, there are 2 times in the day when I could exercise by myself. One is at like 5am and that is not happening. Why? See above! The other is at like 9pm after dinner is done, the husband is home and the kids are almost in bed. Yeah, that’s not happening either because by then, I am exhausted and then, if I do work out, I have an even harder time falling asleep.
3. Have date night.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! This is too funny. We don’t have a babysitter that can stay awake long enough, sober long enough or sane long enough. In essence, no one can handle our children.
4. Make time to pamper yourself.
See #3. Also, I am with my children from the time they wake up until we are fighting to put them in bed. I can’t even shower daily, how am I supposed to make time to pamper myself?
5. Go to bed early.
The only time that I do have to “myself” is after my kids are in bed and that is when I write this blog. If I went to bed early, I wouldn’t have anything for myself at all. How is that fair?
What it really boils down to, is that I am a stay at home, homeschooling, special needs, partially insane mother and nobody else can handle the shit that I do. Therefore, I cannot relieve stress because stress is my life. I throw humor at it, I try to shrug it off, I yell, I cuss and I write this blog. That is how I deal with stress.