Try this at home: The Ministry of…*what*?

I’ve had a rough week.

I always forget that after I have a super-incredibly productive week, I need a TON of rest and self-care when it’s done. Last week was insanely busy, and I gave myself nowhere near enough time to decompress and rest this week…and the result?

Total mama-burnout. Raging, screaming, weeping, out-of-control mama burnout.

It was BAD, people.

(Want to know what distinguishes mama-burnout from just plain burnout? Nothing at all, really…except that your hideous mood is exacerbated by the knowledge that you are being cranky with your poor kid, and then that guilt makes you even crankier, which makes you meaner to your poor kid, and on and on and on. Just in case you were wondering if not-being-a-mama excludes you from this exercise…it doesn’t)

You know that mood you get in when you just want to run away from your life? Drop everything and just…go? Yeah, that’s the one I was in on Tuesday and Wednesday. Times a million. UGH.

Thank goodness for my incredible husband, who packed me off to a hotel for a night alone. I had a bath, watched So You Think You Can Dance, and went to sleep and woke up on my terms. Heaven.

But, obviously, I can’t run away to a hotel every time I hit severe burnout. Our budget just can’t handle that. I figure that the key is to NOT HIT SEVERE BURNOUT AT ALL. So I’m working on a master list of things I can do to a) include more self-care in my weekly routine and b) stop the spiral when I DO get cranky so that I can avoid the appearance of The Witch Mommy from Hades.

The list itself is still in progress, but here’s something that made the cut:

Be really, REALLY silly.

When I’m cranky or burnt out, the one thing that always always helps is silliness. So your assignment for today is all about finding the silly. Specifically:

That’s right. Make up a silly walk. You don’t have to do it on a city street, or anywhere other than your own home, but just give it a try. As silly as you can possibly make it. Here, I’ll even give you a soundtrack:

I love this so much that it’s up at the top of my list, right next to smudging and living room dance parties.

I’ll share some more of my list next week.

But for now? SILLY WALK.

Go for it! I DARE YOU.



P.S. Want to share YOUR self-care/reset-button activities? I would LOVE to hear them!

0 thoughts on “Try this at home: The Ministry of…*what*?”

  1. One thing I do for consistent self-care is making sure I’m in bed by 9 or 9:30 every night. It sucks because it leaves me with precious little time to myself, but with a wee one in my bed, and a not so wee one waking up at 6:30 every morning, it’s the only way I can be sure to be rested enough (which is by no means “well-rested” :P) to have the stamina to take care of them all day long. It’s not as exciting as soaking in a warm tub, getting out with friends, or even dancing in the kitchen, but in my books, “Getting As Much Sleep As One Can Get” needs to be at the top of the consistent self-care list.

    1. Good one! I’m starting to think that I need to get to bed earlier than I have been. Which SUCKS because I barely manage to do the things I want/need to do in the time I’ve got now! But you’re so right…it needs to be a priority.

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