Does anyone else feel like they are just as busy as they were this time last month…? You know, during the mad rush of the holidays…? I don’t know how this is possible, yet it seems to be the case. What was Christmas shopping and wrapping and baking and parties is now grocery shopping and cleaning and cooking and carpooling. It’s easy to feel a wee bit frazzled. When Mucinex asked me to share a few tips about how I stay clear headed and focused when I should be a totally hectic mess, I thought it about what my typical day entails…
And I felt sorry for me.
6:30 – 6:44 am. Hit snooze button on alarm. Repeat twice.
6:45 – 7:55 am. Get dressed, (wonder why I’m the only person who notices the meowing, pushy cat demanding his breakfast), feed cat, dog, make coffee, make sure kids are up, drink coffee, wonder if Al Roker is getting goofier or if I just hadn’t noticed it before. Eat a spoonful of peanut butter, get Grant out the door, pick up kids for carpool, drop then off at school and drive to boot camp exercise class.
8:00 – 9:00 am. Gah.
9:00 – 9:30 am. Stop by the grocery store, or the dry cleaners, or the car wash, or gas station, or whatever else needs to be taken care of.
9:30 am – 2:30 pm. Feed cat, shower, eat breakfast, answer emails, write blog posts, create things, eat lunch, make photo tutorials, start the dishwasher, feed cat, clean house, do paper work, take a deep breath, figure out what’s for dinner, start cooking, feed cat, eat lunch, fold laundry, clean up cat barf since he’s a pig and over-eats, answer emails, feed cat.
2:30 – 7:00 pm. Welcome Grant home from school, fix snacks, supervise homework, feed cat, run kids to appointments and activities, supervise more homework, clean barfy carpet area with steam cleaner, sign permission slips, organize kid paperwork, feed cat, cook dinner, finish laundry, pour a glass of wine.
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Dinner.
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm. Mom takes the rest of the night off… (except for finishing blog posts, answering emails, finishing laundry, feeding the cat and solving last minute kid crises.)
So back to the question: What keeps me clear headed? 3 things.
1. I double puffy heart love my Google calendar.
I love that I can color-code my kids and see where everyone should be at any given moment (‘cuz it’s on my phone too!)
2. I eat a lot.
Well, by a lot, I mean often.
If I don’t eat, I get what we call, hangry. Hangry isn’t pretty. Hangry is grumpy and hangry makes bad decisions and forgets important things (like turning off stove burners or feeding the cat.) Hangry makes everyone’s life miserable. I do my best NOT to get hangry.
3. I try to get enough sleep.
Tired is almost as bad as hangry. You can’t keep a clear head if you are operating under a sleep deficit. It’s simple science. Getting enough sleep is a tricky thing too if you’re sick or if you have sinus problems. Trying to sleep while in pain, or not being able to breathe is kind of a problem, yes?
Being stuffed up and groggy doesn’t exactly help you stay clear-headed during these busy days. Mucinex Sinus-Max TM is a line of over the counter products that have an ingredient (guaifenesin) that breaks up The Yuck that can cause congestion. It helps to relieve symptoms like sinus pressure and headaches. (I want The Yuck to be gone… I want the pain to be gone… the Sinus-Max line of products does that.)
I’ve noticed that life doesn’t slow down for me when I’m feeling sick. How about you?
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mucinex. The opinions and text are all mine.
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