We struggle to say no. The PTA calls, needing twelve dozen cookies, tomorrow, and do we even hesitate? Of course not. We don’t want to be judged as inadequate. We will do what we have to do, even if we have to bake oatmeal raisin cookies at four in the morning, to get them to the PTA on time.
We work, we work at home, we struggle with deadlines as they whiz by, and we wonder if we can find balance between the school meetings and the office meetings. We lose ourselves in the daily rush of mediocrity.
How do we juggle our responsibilities, and still maintain some semblance of normalcy? How do we keep our hopes and dreams from getting buried?
Here are some suggestions:
1. Keep a journal. Whether it is a photo journal, a diary, a sketchbook, whatever your secret talent, take a few moments a day to recover your creativity.
2. Remember to breathe. In the moments of the most stress, practice deep-breathing techniques. They’ll help you focus, and help you keep your calm.
3. Practice saying ‘no.’ remember that no one expects you to be Super Woman. It’s perfectly understandable if you can’t make those cookies, after all.
4. Take time for yourself. Schedule yourself a day at the spa, or a haircut, or a simple trip to the bookstore. Spend some time with just yourself, and concentrate on rejuvenation. Do what relaxes you most. There is no right an wrong here, only what you need.
5. Spend time with just your significant other. No kids, if you have them, no dogs, no bosses. Just the two of you. Take time to reconnect to one another; find out why you fell in love in the first place. 6. Back away from the laundry. Who cares if there’s a mountain of laundry that needs doing!? Take that time periodically to spend time with your family or your best buddies. Laundry will never make you laugh like your children or your girlfriends will.