Every mom needs a little break every once in a while, right? Yeah, admit it. You are not Super Woman, although sometimes it can feel that way when you’re juggling 50 different activities in a day!
I recently had the opportunity to review a newer CD called The 11 Minute Nap. The CD is part of the Calm for Moms portion of the Live Well Series, created by Janet Montgomery and Jeff Gold. I have to say, it was a welcome product to review for a mom like me. Why? Well, let me explain my typical day…
I wake up, usually to my son (age 3) telling me, “Mommy, it’s time to get up. I want you to get me some Chocky-milk in my Pirate sippy cup!” This is usually followed by several more attempts to stir me from my bed. No, I am not one to wake up with a little birdie sitting on my shoulder tweeting a song that leads me to believe that it’s a beautiful day. I’m the type that wants to pull my bedcovers over my head to block out the light and go back to sleep; however, I am also unfortunately the type that can RARELY get back to sleep once I’ve been woken up. I’m certain that this has something to do with my schedule.
There just aren’t enough hours in the day! Seriously.
I get up, let the dogs out, make my son some chocolate milk, make myself a Chai latte, turn on Nick Jr. and sit down at my computer in an attempt to map out my day. It never works out the way I want it to, so I don’t know why I bother, but it’s my routine. Once I have a little schedule in place, I get up and make my son breakfast. Sometimes I even make something for his dad, sissy and myself – if they are up. If not, dad and sissy fend for themselves. Hey, the early bird gets the worm!
I then start to work on whatever needs to be done first. I work and eat at the same time. Once I start to get into whatever it is that I’m working on, my son usually makes a mess with his milk, juice or food and insists that it be cleaned up prior to him being able to finish his “bites”. I then go back to work for about ten minutes. Once that time has elapsed, he needs to go potty. Most of the time he insists that I sit on the side of the tub and wait for him so that I can help him pull his pants up and wash his hands. It’s generally around this time that I let the dogs back in and get them fresh water and food. I make myself another Chai latte, toss some laundry into the wash, try to decide what I’m going to make for dinner, do some stretches and breathe.
At some point, I get back to work. I am interrupted countless times throughout the next few hours until I feel like I’m just going to give up and watch cartoons with him, read him books all day or just play with whatever toy he is focused on for the day. Why? Because it would be easier than being interrupted 50 times in a two hour period and maybe, just maybe I would feel like I’ve accomplished something. Then my thought process is jolted back into reality when I look at my schedule for the day. I’m already behind by an hour.
Usually around 10 am, I get on Facebook to catch up with my blogger groups. I have responsibilities in a couple of the groups, so I don’t get on Facebook just to play or chat with friends. It’s not wasting time, it’s helping others, improving my blog process, networking with like-minded individuals that I can learn from or teach. It’s also practically my only adult conversation throughout the day. After I have completed whatever tasks I must on Facebook, I get back to working on my blog or working on client projects. There’s always something and there is NEVER a time that I don’t have something I should be doing. In fact, when I have an hour or two free, I have to clean my house. Fun, right? Yeah, not so much, and even that is interrupted.
By noon, I’m telling my son to go wake up my stepdaughter. It is so unnerving to have a 16 year old at home that sleeps three times as much as you do, but maybe I’m just jealous. Regardless, I either have my son wake her up or I wake her up myself and tell her that it’s noon and I would appreciate her getting up to help me out with him. After all, we do pay for her ridiculous cell phone bill, wash her clothes, feed her dinner, give her her own room with cable television and internet service and taxi her around to wherever she needs to go! Have you seen the prices of hotels lately? Yeah, and they don’t feed you, wash your clothes or drive you wherever you need to go. Get up and help me so that I can make money to pay the bills already!!!
By 1pm, my son has annoyed her enough for her to no longer attempt to keep him away from me and he is trying to climb up in my lap or pull me away from the computer for one reason or another. I’ve accomplished something within that 45 minutes to an hour that she’s occupied him, but I probably don’t even remember what it was because I am now concerned with all of the other things on my list that I have to accomplish in the short amount of time that I have to focus on them. I make him lunch and send him back to his sissy, walking him into her room and giving her the, “Please don’t make me ask you to do this again because I will totally lose my cool” look. And this is only during the summer – I have practically no help during the school year!
Nearly every day is the same. I get up, I work, take care of my son, I make our meals, I talk to clients, participate in my groups, clean what little I can of my house, taxi the kids around, answer the phones, play nurse for the inevitable daily boo-boo and it doesn’t end until about 2am when all of my energy has been exhausted and I’m about to pass out.
Ahh…the life of a mom!!!
Now do you understand why I was so excited to get something that’s made PRECISELY with moms like me in mind? Yeah, it was a Godsend!
When I popped in this CD, I have to admit, my expectations were not that high. I love music and it does make my day better when I can listen to it, but these days it is drowned out by the sound of my toddler, my stepdaughter, the dogs, the phone, the television or my significant other. Working at home might seem like a fantastic opportunity, but it is not all that it’s cracked up to be when you’re the mom of a busy household. Yet, I was really surprised by the results of Calm for Moms: The 11 Minute Nap CD. It really helped me to unwind a little and take some time for myself – even if it was only 11 minutes!
Ahh…but how did I achieve this feat of listening to this CD without any distractions? Ear buds and 11 minutes that my toddler was preoccupied playing tug’o'war with one of our dogs!
The CD is a combination of calming piano music and soothing hypnotherapy prompts from Janet Montgomery, who is a certified hypnotherapist. So what did I feel? CALM. For me and for a lot of other moms, that’s a great feeling! That 11 minutes of calm, practically quiet time to focus on nothing but me made me feel a whole lot better about taking on the remainder of my day. Who knew that something so brief could make your whole day seem so much easier?
The best part? There is more than one disc in the Calm for Moms Series. The other discs in this series are:
- Bounce Back – Unlock Your Inner Resilience
- Live Well – Manage Your Daily Stress
- Love Well – Reconnect with Your Partner
- Sleep Well – Achieve Better Rest
For those of you that would like to have the chance to win this super-calming CD, stay tuned for our Summer Bloggers Birthday Bash, where you will have a chance to win this and a WHOLE LOT MORE!