Stop it, Mama, and Just Breathe

just breathe

Don’t stress:

I whisper to myself as I deep condition my hair while sitting on the countertop looking at unwashed dishes.

Don’t overthink:

I gently remind myself as I wait for my noodles to cook at 8:47 p.m. to feed myself dinner because I forgot to eat today.

Don’t compare:

I kindly reaffirm myself as I listen to my boys still chattering and bickering in their beds when they should have been sleeping an hour ago.

just breathe

Don’t be anxious:

I will to myself as I sort through the 20345 checklists I didn’t accomplish today.

Don’t judge:

I say quietly under my breath as I try to remember the last time I got a good hard workout in or took time to read a book and smell the pages.

Just breathe.

Remember you are only one person. Your checklist got smaller today. You finished [two] projects. You took all the calls and returned the others. You made someone smile. And another person laugh. You made it to the baseball game… barely, but you made it. You saw your sons look back at you and smile when they got back to back hits (it’s coach pitch, this is a big deal in their world). You put the laundry away. {Three] days after you washed it, but you put it away. You ran the dishwasher. You didn’t unload it, but you ran it. You washed your face.

Stop being anxious for no reason and go enjoy your noodles. You deserve the carbs. And ps… eat a cookie if you want to. You earned that too. Stop it.

Be proud of yourself.

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This post originally appeared at Momming All The Boys, published with permission.


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Nicki Snyder
I am raising 3 boys, twin 7 year olds and a 3 year old, **pause for reaction** and could not imagine my life any other way. I work full time, and yes live my life surrounded by video games, handmade weapons, sports, dirt, and cleaning urine off of everything. I have been married for 12 years and we're navigating this crazy parenting thing together taking it day by day. My career is marketing in the motorcycle industry and I love to find humor in my life and bring smiles to others through my crazy life stories.