Posted by: babbo | August 8, 2012

Coping with Exhaustion

Exhaustion.

It’s something that haunts my existence constantly these days. And if you’re a fellow parent, chances are you feel the same.

The question is, how are we coping with our exhaustion? Are we treating our kids and our spouse in a way we’re happy with? Or are we constantly crabby, finding it hard not to be set off by the smallest thing.

When it takes just about every ounce of focus for us to accomplish just what needs to be done today, how do we find the time and energy to work on improving our family’s future?

I’ve become accustomed to feeling exhaustion. It’s the new normal. Problem is, I don’t see any relief in sight.

But that doesn’t mean I’m giving up.

What I’ve found is that if I continue to work on what I call my foundational balance – which consists of exercise, sleep, eating well, some form of meditation, and having an occasional date with my wife – I’m still exhausted, but my temperament is far more positive.

I’m the first tot admit that when I don’t work on my foundational balance, I’m no fun to be around.

What about you?

And remember, you are not alone …

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  1. You are right, Joey. Parenting can be exhausting. I’m glad you try to exercise, get enough sleep, eat healthy, and have a date with your wife, now and then. Those are excellent suggestions. There is a short worksheet, “Coping With Stress, Tips for Educators,” that may is interesting for parents, as well. For a complimentary copy, click on: http://www.kellybear.com/TeacherArticles/TeacherTip16.html


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