Have you ever had a bad day? I am sure we all have! It could start out great, and then go downhill due to sick or whiny kids, nothing going our way, or unexpected moments trying to rob our joy. When our days are rough, us mothers are usually the ones who need to hold things together. We can choose to get upset and angry, or we can choose the opposite and find a way to turn things around and bring joy into our home.
There are a few different pick me ups I use for bad days. Some are silly, some are serious, but they all help me put a smile on my face and can keep me from coming unglued.
- Prayer– Stopping to say a quick prayer can turn the day around! If the kids have been fighting, I ask them to pray together. Teaching our children to turn to prayer on a bad day can start at a young age. Even a three-year old can learn to bow their head and thank God. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
- Music-My kids love to sing and dance! On rainy or cold days, we turn on some of our favorite songs and have a dance party in our living room! The kids love it and it lifts everyone’s spirits. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. Psalm 105:2
- Get Fresh Air-Have you been cooped up in the house? Grab the kids and go for a walk, the park, or somewhere else that brings a smile on your face. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. Psalm 121:1
- Call a Friend– Don’t send a text, actually pick up the phone and call someone. For me adult conversation can change my mood. I spend all day with children and sometimes I just need to be allowed to talk about something other than kid stuff you know? Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
- Count Your Blessings- When we take the time to think about all that we do have, it is a whole lot harder to be grumpy. No matter how bad your day is, someone, somewhere has it worse off. Trust me. Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4
Moms, I could sit and tell you that the days are hard and how it is okay to be in a bad mood….BUT in reality we signed up for this gig-right? We are going to have rough days. Everyone does. However, we need to remember that we are in charge of our moods. We are in control of the tone we set in our homes. What tone do you want to set? One of joy? Or one of grumpiness? I want my home to be joy filled. Even when my two-year old asks me for the 30th time “Momma what is this?”, and even while I am folding the third basket of laundry for the day or sweeping crumbs off the floor again, and when I am reminding my girls not to grumble with each other for the 100th time. I can choose to find a pick me up that works for that day and that moment, and I can choose to keep joy in my home-not grumpiness!
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