Motivational Mondays – Less Stress, More Joy

As a mum, some days I need a reminder to have more joy in my life. Because if I were to describe how I feel these days, it’s exhausted, tired, cranky, stressed up with my tank running low on joy.

Sure motherhood is a joy. But there are days when it can be so tiring and testing that its sucks the life out of me. It doesn’t help that my four-year-old is somehow just like me, stubborn and obstinate so when I go tough on her, it does nothing but make her comply.

Just last night, I had to raise my voice after she tried a hundred and one things in her book to delay bedtime.

  • One more story mummy
  • I need to apply moisturiser on my body
  • I need to pee pee
  • I need water
  • I need a hug
  • Mummy, please pray for no scary dreams for me

There was silence. Then I heard her scratching and scratching because she said it was itchy, again. So I slapped on some more cream for her, barked at her to go sleep and went to sleep myself.

The truth about Motherhood is that it’s a relentless giving of self. Without starting a working mum versus stay at home mum wars, we all have untold stories of how it can be a struggle to juggle work, home, marriage and the kids. And like what I tell many people, work simple never ends. After work, I clock in another good 4-5 hours of work doing the cooking, washing, playing, teaching, reading, mothering in general. And while there can be sweet moments, when Sophie shows me a picture she’s drawn for me or tell me stories about what happened in school, there is also the nagging because she simply don’t care for bedtime or the mess she creates after playing with lego.

Yes that’s motherhood….and it probably will be like that for a good I don’t know 3, 10 years, for life?

But I know that this is not just the story of my life. It is the same stories for most mums, regardless if you have 1 child or 3. Dealing with bedtime woes, feeling battles, sibling rivalry and don’t even get me started about the dishes and laundry.

So I know I’m not alone. You are not alone too. Even on days when it feel like you’re dragging your feet to get around from being so sleep deprived. When the kids are bangig on the toilet door and all you want to do is hide inside.

You. are. not. alone.

So here’s a reminder

  • To take deep breathes.
  • To catch cat naps
  • To ask for help
  • To do something you enjoy
  • To have less stress and more joy by focusing on the long-term

I know it’s hard, that’s why most of us get so caught up in the day to day madness. But after hearing stories from those with grown up children, I think there is a silver lining…

As for sleep. Who needs it anyway… okay I take it back, I need my coffee now!


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Comments: 6

  1. Ai Sakura March 17, 2014 at 10:04 am Reply

    I need my sleep.. for sure haha. It is a hard struggle but I’m glad that every day… Every single day, there is something to be thankful for. Be it a sweet smile, warm hug or just listening to her sing.. there’s something about motherhood everyday that makes it all worthwhile. No need to wait until they are older to find the silver lining ;p

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    • Susan March 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm Reply

      I lurve your optimism Ai! I shall surprise Sophie by having more joy and not be a screaming mama today.

  2. Jessica March 17, 2014 at 12:02 pm Reply

    Hi Susan,

    I have the same encounter with my kids also. At nite , don’t wanna go to bed, and then end up , not able to wake up on time in the morning. I am totally exhausted too..
    Don’t know what I can do to make them go to bed early…. 🙁

    • Susan March 17, 2014 at 4:39 pm Reply

      Tell me about it. I have to turn all commando officer on her when it comes to bed time. Gets us all in a bad mood before we sleep… Not ideal at all.

  3. Cherry March 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm Reply

    i need more sleep too! haha! i think all mums do. 🙂

    i agree with Ai, there is always something to be thankful for every single day. when you have a tough time, just think that you have a healthy and normal child and pray for the sick children and physically challenged children. you will feel a lot better after. 🙂

    thanks for dropping by at Sweet Memoirs and leaving a trace. 🙂

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