I live around the corner from my day job. It's incredibly convenient yet I am late. Every. Day. I remember saying on my interview how great it is that I live so close because I'd never be late! Luckily I work for a company who's family oriented, very understanding and works with me. So it helps to cope with the morning anxiety.
The morning rush is real. Truth is I'm overwhelmed. Okay so, I don't have to commute in the morning, but everyone has a different threshold. It's more of a mind-fuck in the morning for me. Too much going on in my head. I'm not alone on this either. I'm sure there's a few of you nodding your heads in agreement. Motherhood will do that to you. City life will do that to you. Being an adult basically will do it to you.
Being plus-sized can be a contributing factor too. In the morning when I wake, I'm in massive pain. I'm a side sleeper so there's a lot of weight placed on one side of my body. I wake up with shoulder and back pain everyday. How do you feel when you wake up?
First things first, I Stretch.
I just lay in bed and stretch. Bring my knees to my chest and hold. I alternate legs too. This helps to stretch out the lower back.
Some other good stretches to do in order to straighten the spine and stretch the hamstrings are shown below. Once you're done, ROLL off the bed. It's easier on the back. I know it sounds funny but a chiropractor told me that.
MOM's Morning Marathon.
This translates to I have 20 minutes to get my shit together. That's it. Nothing happens without my Bustelo coffee. No big decisions until at least half of it has been consumed. Maybe I may squeeze in a breakfast sandwich but I only have 20 minutes. I still have to take my meds, take a quick shower, put the hair up in a bun. That's about it. I would love to blow dry my hair and put my makeup on like I used to but I need to...
GET THE BABY READY.
Thankfully my fiance and I share this task. It's not that she's a handful. It just takes a while to get her up and get her dressed. It's easier said than done. There's always something. Whether the bed is wet or can't find the other shoe, there is always something.
Now that she's ready. It's time for me to leave! I glance at the clock and, as usual, I'm already late. Let the guilt trip begin. Bring on the anxiety. The walk of shame I put myself through as I walk through the hallway of my job doesn't help either.
I know I could wake up earlier but I feel like I don't even sleep enough as it is! How is it that I sleep and wake up exhausted? I'm sure some 'NYers' would probably say the same. Come on, they call New York the "city that never sleeps" for crying out loud.
I know as my daughter gets older she'll become less dependent on us and will be able to dress herself without our help. So that should free me up to start focusing on me again.
But the lesson I got from all this is to enjoy every moment of my mornings with my family; as hectic as they can be. They are, after all, the reason I do all of this for. Savor each moment before it's gone. Of course, as I'm writing this my eyes are watering up and I miss them already.
What's your morning like?
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Here are some pintastic tips, to help cure the morning stresses. I'm going to give some of these a whirl, see if it helps with the anxiety.