“Tweet, tweet, tweet!” chirp the birds outside your window. You smile and stretch, give your husband a smooch and get up slowly to start your day. The coffee is already brewed, and you sit down to enjoy a hot cup of joe when the kids come downstairs, dressed and ready for breakfast. “Pancakes or toast?” you ask, having a very June Cleaver moment, when all of a sudden… you wake up. From what, pray tell?
Your 4-year-old smacking you in the face demanding Caillou and Cheerios and your husband jumping out of bed, a half hour late to work since you accidentally set the alarm to PM not AM (again). As you rush downstairs, toddler at your feet, you realize there’s no coffee or milk for the Cheerios and you’re bickering with your husband over Alarmgate 2015.
Sound familiar? We all have those days where you wish you could start over and not feel like you are about to explode before 8am. When your morning starts with chaos, it tends to set the mood for the rest of the day and leaves you stressed out and easily agitated. Since you can’t snap your fingers and have a do-over, here are five tips to help you mentally and emotionally start the day over for the better.
1. Tackle a project
That’s right, you read that correctly. Pick something that has been itching at you to get done and DO IT! Do you have a dirty oven that has been bothering you? Clean it. What about a linen closet that’s bursting at the seams? Organize it. What about your kids playroom? Go through the toys, sort what to keep and what to donate. Just do it. It will be a weight off your shoulders and you will start off the day with a snap of your fingers like Beyonce, girlfriiiiiend.
2. Create a playlist
When you are having a chaotic day, have a go-to playlist with your favorite “feel good” songs that bring back fun memories or get you in the mood to sing and dance. Have it accessible to play on your phone or in the car so you can listen to it anywhere you go. This is a sure-fire way to take you from stressed-out to cool and collected.
Here are 3 great “get-up-and-shake-your-groove-thang” songs:
3. H20 to the rescue
And we don’t mean drinking a glass of water!
Say you are at home with the kids and they are driving you nuts. You are yelling since they won’t stop fighting and everyone is having an awful day. Get them in the water.
Every kid loves to splash in the bath or play outside in the sprinkler. It helps burn energy and they have an absolute blast. Water helps everyone since you can sit and relax while they use up enough energy for twelve men.
4. Plan some alone time
Do you have a favorite place to go when you need a moment? It may not be that specific day, but planning a day trip to your favorite place can help perk you up. Is it the beach? A specific restaurant with the girlfriends? It could even be a trip to your local Starbucks for coffee without the possibility of a toddler pouring out the creamer on the floor. Coordinate with your husband or a babysitter and make sure you make it a priority.
5. Do something for someone else
Go to the park with your kids and clean up the litter. Write a thank you note to a friend for them listening to you vent. Maybe even send flowers to someone for no reason. This is a guaranteed way to put a smile on your face that you so desperately need.
6. Take a Chill Pill
If all else fails, there’s no shame in taking a little something to relax your nerves. Some women prefer a glass of wine or Xanax. We prefer to take something a little more natural: L-theanine.
L-theanine may help relieve stress by inducing a relaxing effect without drowsiness and may also possess immunologic attributes. Through its relaxing effect, it supports healthy cardiovascular function. It also includes Inositol, a member of the B vitamin family that is essential for brain and nervous system health. When chaos strikes, one little “chill pill” might be all you need to prevent yourself from blowing up.
Days like this are something you can’t always avoid. They will absolutely happen, but it is how you handle the chaos that will steer your day in the right direction!