Tips to Stay Sane

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Health tip: I know I’ve said this before, but when consuming any fruits make sure you eat a protein with it, like nuts or eggs. If you are looking for sneaky ways to not gain 1,000 pounds during the holidays–eat snacks throughout the day (one of them consisting of a fruit and protein tied together). In doing this you keep your metabolism working and lower the sugar content of the fruit.

Laundry tip: Not only should you make sure all zippers are zipped before throwing anything in the wash or dryer, but hook together those bra straps too! Also, don’t put bras in the dryer, instead hang them up! Otherwise you risk damaging the underwire and shrinking them.

Parenting tip: We all know this one, but sometimes need reminding. Mean what you say and say what you mean. It’s crucial to be consistent! The holidays are a hectic time for schedules, so be patient and plan some extra activities or projects to keep the kiddos engaged.

Mental tip: Practice mindfulness for 10 minutes of your day. Concentrate on your breathing by inhaling slowly counting to 7 and exhaling slowly counting to 7. Repeat and Repeat, and If a thought trickles in bring yourself back to your breath.

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One Handed

It is a remarkable thing how our bodies adapt for survival.  Our senses can compensate for one another.  I know this, because my mother is a Dr. of Special Education. So, she’s told me.  My brother is half deaf and he reads lips. So, I’ve witnessed how his visual senses compensated for his hearing loss.

Caretakers adapt to having one hand.  Laundry one-handed? Yes.  Picking something off the ground? Yes.  Feeding the dog? Yes. Loading the dishwasher? Yes. I’ve learned.   If I ever lose a limb, I will adapt, cause that’s just what our mind and bodies do every day.

More precious McKinley Milestones coming soon!

The chance for growth is infinite~ Georgia

 

 

 

 

Mom Mind

I’m not trying to make excuses here, but having Mom Mind can really get in the way of accomplishing and achieving other remedies to this “provider” role I have taken on while putting my husband through law school.

Mom Mind– a disorder that includes, but is not limited to:

  • 1)  A steady and constant worry.
  • 2)  Engaging in caring, preparing, teaching, advocating, assessing, evaluating, or intervening every day.
  • 3)  Marked impairment in daily caring for oneself.
  • 4)  Forgetting of information

One of my intentions, along with so many others, is to provide for my family.  And I don’t think anyone at this point can say it’s easy in today’s economy.  So we currently live with my parents.  And, I didn’t pass my Independent Licensure exam.  Life doesn’t always turn out how we planned. I have the best intentions and I’m trying my best.

As we become parents and reflect back on our own upbringings we realize they did the best they could with the cards they were dealt.  We get it.  We begin to understand that all anyone can ever do –is there best.  Bottom line is parents always have the best intentions.  Even mothers who get addicted to drugs and mothers that give their children up for adoption- are trying their best with good intentions.   Now, many people can argue with me about this and that’s fine.  But, before you do please note that I’m a believer – people are inherently good. 

 If you feel like a failure, or not good enough, or just feel like you’ve lost something- not to worry.  Remember that door metaphor?  When a door closes another one opens.   We simply just have to be open to new opportunities!  The cure.  Sure, it may be easier said than done.

My remedy?  My mother once told me once in middle school before you speak ask yourself three main questions.  Is it kind? Is it necessary? And is it true?   Is telling myself, “I’m a failure” while feeling sorry for myself, kind? NO.  Is it necessary? NO.  And is it true? Heck NO.  So then…on with life I go.   And you should do the same.