How Anxiety Made Me a Dinosaur Mom
It didn't take long to realise that I was not getting anywhere by allowing myself to be angry, anxious and irritable at the drop of a hat. Looking back, I realise I had complete control of my situation because I was the only one responsible for letting myself slowly burn out. Raising a toddler is exhausting especially when they can quickly go from chilled out happy kids to screaming, uncontrollable (for want of a better word) monsters. I cannot say that life with a toddler will be anxiety free but I certainly know that making a couple of changes with a firm resolve to follow them helps ease the stress and tension.
- Taking time for yourself and by this I mean tuning out to everything: your work, phone, every small household task and just spending a few moments connecting with your self can works wonders and rejuvenate you. It's okay to be away from your baby sometimes and recharge your 'mommie self' to be a better, more patient mommy.
- Remaining calm and accepting the chaos. There are days my son will refuse to eat or try every trick not to sleep. I have invariably learnt to accept that somedays will be happy, funny, simply super days while most days will be spent in a battlefield of toys, food spills, pillows, (you name it) and I'm lucky if the day ends in a peaceful truce, with some injuries.
- Finding a hobby that will give you reason to do something you love or haven't done in while. I had several hobbies that I'd quite forgotten after I became a mom but getting back to writing gave me so much happiness. It can be anything from reading a book to becoming a star chef churning out all those recipes you wanted to. Make the time and you won't regret it.