“There are no problems, only situations.”
This weekend I had to use my mantra quite a bit.
On Saturday, the boys had back to back baseball games. We were at the field from Noon till around 4 pm. There were two ‘situations’:
1) it was supposed to be in the 90’s with a heat index of 100 What is one to do about lunch for both boys?
2) The first game was at lunch time and I have to make sure my boys eat somewhat healthy. If they have too much junk food or simple carbs, they process it too fast and get hungry, cranky and poor attitudes when the game doesn’t go their way.
A cooler was the answer to both issues. We packed a cooler for all of us. We packed a ton of water and some Gatorade for the boys to keep hydrated. We also put lots of good food in the cooler for the boys. We packed, strawberries, watermelon, trail mix, bananas, etc. We made a (somewhat) healthy lunch by buying a hotdog from the concession stand and filling in the rest with what we brought. One of the boys ate before his game and the other ate when he finished his game.
My other ‘situation’ was party preparation and clean up. We’ve been so busy with baseball that I hadn’t had time to shop for food or clean the house. Normally shopping and cleaning would have taken me through the night since I got such a late start and I would have been panicking about how everything had to get done and be just so.
We got home from the game around 4:30 And my mom and I hit up Costco, then proceeded to Aldi, Wal-Mart, and another local grocery store. We didn’t get home until after 7pm. After dinner and getting the boys to bed it was after 9. We prepped some of the food and then I decided we’d have to clean as much as we can in the morning.
The next morning we got most of the cleaning done. Floors didn’t get washed, they got picked up and vacuumed/swept and bathrooms got cleaned. The party went great and clean up wasn’t too bad. It’s the first party in a long time I’ve hosted for the kids that I didn’t end up until midnight getting ready. I felt so much more relaxed and less anxious.
I’m really liking telling myself things aren’t problems or big deals and just finding the best alternative that works the best for the time I have. It’s really helping cut down on my anxiety. How has thinking this way about problems helped you? Do you have a mantra you follow? Share with us in the comments below.