Part of feeling like you have a minor handle on the day-to-day running of your life is feeling refreshed. But that can be hard, right? When you are exhausted and your house is a mess and your children are crying at the same time, “refreshed” might be the farthest thing from your mind. If hopping in the shower is not an option (which is my first choice), here are some super easy ways that I cope:
1. Brush my teeth. I know it seems kind of silly when I’ve probably already brushed my teeth, but there is something about having a nice, clean mouth that makes any task a little bit easier. And bonus! I can do this with a baby on my hip. (my favorite toothpaste is from Tom’s—a 1 on EWG.)
2. Drink a really big glass of water. We’ve all heard this a million times, but I find that a crisp, cool glass of water really does wonders. And if you are breastfeeding, it seems impossible to drink enough water, so this is extra helpful. (I got Duralex glasses for Mother’s Day last year and love them!)
3. Put on a really good lip balm. (I love this lip balm—It has SPF 30, goes on smoothly and without a white finish and is a 3 on EWG). Even though it takes mere seconds to apply, it feels so good to do something tiny for myself amidst so many other things demanding my attention.
Doing these things might seem obvious, but in the heat of a challenging day, we can forget to take care of ourselves. I find a little attention for myself makes everyone a lot happier and better at coping with the day’s more difficult moments.