Hey there, fabulous readers! It's me again, Nira, your friendly neighborhood juggling Genius - a working mom with two adorable tornadoes, uh, I mean kids! Life with anxiety and ADHD can be like riding a roller coaster in a funhouse - exhilarating, challenging, and sometimes downright hilarious.
So, join me on this wild ride as I share some tips and tricks that have helped me keep it all together and continue toward conquering Anxiety and ADHD!
1. Channeling Your Inner Maestro: 🎶
Dealing with the tag team of anxiety and ADHD can feel like conducting a hyperactive orchestra. But hey, guess what? You're the maestro! Rock your superpowers, give chaos a cheeky wink, and remember – just as life loves its curveballs, you've got mad skills for jamming and mastering the tune!
>> I grew up in a family that loves listening to classical music and opera; my grandmother would be proud of this metaphor.
2. Caffeine - Oh Caffeine, My Forever Partner in Crime: ☕
Perhaps I should have put this one first, because coffee is not just a beverage; it's my lifeline! Mornings can be a whirlwind when you've got two little cuties to dress, feed, and get ready for the day. While I cannot complain about my husband (I am lucky to have a partner who is involved), my secret weapon: a dark roast with a splash of vanilla soy creamer, lovingly prepared by my trusty coffee maker. So, raise your mugs, fellow coffee enthusiasts, and let's conquer the day together!
3. Sticky Notes and Reminders to the Rescue: 📅
With a mind that jumps like a hyperactive bunny, forgetting important stuff is an Olympic sport for me. But fear not! I've got a colorful army of sticky notes, reminders on my desktop, a phone that's my BFF, and about 25 notebooks. Together, we form a formidable alliance against the evil forces of forgetfulness!
4. The Zen of Deep Breathing (and Sometimes Sighs): 🧘🏼♂️
Anxiety can be an unwelcome guest, but I've got a great defense tool - deep breaths! If done right and intentionally, they truly do work (here is a great link I found)! I take a moment to inhale calmness and exhale any stress trying to infiltrate my mom cave. And when the kids test my patience? Well, let's just say that a well-timed sigh can be a great stress reliever. Ahh...feeling zen already!
5. Laughing at the "Oops" Moments: 😂
Let's face it - life as a working parent can be a comedy of errors. From mixing up my kids' names to wearing my clothes inside out in public (oops!), I've embraced the art of laughing at myself. After all, what's life without a little laughter? And hey, my girls think I'm hilarious, so I'll take it as a win!
6. Time-Outs Aren't Just for Kids: 🕒
In the midst of chaos, taking a moment for yourself is essential. Sure, we can't escape to a tropical island as regularly as we'd like, but a mini time-out in the bathroom or the closet with the door locked can work wonders. Don't worry; it's not a secret spa retreat; it's a parental survival strategy!
7. Dance Parties, the Ultimate Stress-Busters: 💃🏼
When anxiety and ADHD threaten to steal the show, I literally turn up the music and have a spontaneous dance party. And it never fails, unless I am alone at home, the whole family joins in every time. Not only does it put smiles on their faces, but it also releases happy hormones, banishing stress like magic!
So, dear readers, remember, being a working parent with anxiety and ADHD is like mastering the art of tightrope walking with flair. Embrace your uniqueness, keep your sense of humor, and never forget that you're a juggling genius! You got this!
Until next time, keep shining, laughing, and acing this incredible journey called parenting!
Until next time,
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