Following my Monday post about mommy balance, I need to also acknowledge the reality of overwhelm and that we all have it. Was deep in it yesterday actually. You know the feeling...those days when there aren't enough hours and you are utterly exhausted? I woke up at the crack of dawn and yet was already behind. I needed food in the house, to help Jacob study for a test, to get snacks for Hebrew school, to get his trumpet fixed.... Oh yeah and then there's work. Yeah, tons to do there too. I barely had time to pee much less eat. At many times during the day, I was in a state of total overwhelm!
One of my mentors told me that overwhelm is just under-organized. But I am pretty darned organized and I still felt like I was drowning. Mamas, it happens. We have days where there is more to do than any "super mom" can handle. On days like this, I try to breathe more and just acknowledge that I will get through the day and I'll do the best job I can. On days like this, don't be afraid to ask for help from a friend or your spouse. On days like this, realize that you may need to order a pizza and not cook. On days like this, know that your attitude and a sense of humor will make it a lot easier.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm imperfect, overwhelmed and exhausted just like everyone else. I just do my best to bring myself back to being proactive and purposeful to balance out the demands of motherhood. On those days that you feel like you have it all together, see if you can help the mom who doesn't. We need to be a sisterhood in motherhood. Together, we'll make it through!