Just Breathe!

Have you ever had just one of those mornings where it is so frustrating, either with your own schedule, being late, dealing with traffic, or with your children and their morning, getting them up and going to school? This morning was one of those mornings for me! My husband had somewhere to be pretty early so he wasn’t able to get up and help out with getting our twins up, ready for school and out of the house. It is always hairy around our house in the morning with the twins. My son has ADHD, and mornings are when he is the most raw with his symptoms. I like to say that he is my son, in the most purest form! He is highly impulsive, and very hyperactive. He is highly distractible and can’t keep his mind on anything that needs to be done for longer than a few minutes. You think I am exaggerating? I am not. Breakfast is a huge production. First he can’t decide what he wants to eat…in the meantime while I am trying to get that information from him he is falling on the floor from the stool, grabbing anything that may be on the counter and playing with it or throwing it around, making verbal noises, etc. When he finally decides what he wants to eat (or I finally just make something for him), he will sit down on the stool at our counter to eat. But not for long. After maybe two bites, he is getting up off the stool, or falling off it. He is making noise, or touching something near him. Breakfast takes at least two to three times longer to complete with him because he just can’t make himself stay on task and we are constantly telling him to eat, sit down, stop touching that, etc. It is exhausting. Then I have my daughter. My little girl has a processing deficiency right now. Soon we will be bringing her to a place called Learning RX to address this issue and retrain her brain (this will be in another post). She also has a long-term and short-term memory deficiency so things with her on a daily basis are not easy. Everything with her is  v e r y  s l o w. Getting her going in the morning takes one of us standing near her keeping her going. Otherwise, just getting dressed will take anywhere from 10-20 minutes. Once she’s at the table for breakfast, she is fine! She eats at a normal pace, thankfully! But then its back to following her around the house making sure she is making her bed in a timely fashion, brushing her teeth and hair and getting upstairs in a reasonable time. If left to her own speed, these three tasks, if she remembers to do them all, will take anywhere from 10-20 minutes as well! Then we move on to getting her boots and coat on. I am telling you, I don’t stop for one minute to do anything for myself once these two get up on a school day until they are out the door walking to the bus! Today was a tough morning. It is at these times when I need to just breathe. I need to take about 5 deep breathes and calm myself down. I love my essential oils for this. I will take my Wild Orange and put a drop in the palm of my hand and cup it around my nose and take a deep breath! I will do this three times and by the third one, I am feeling more at ease. I am so thankful for my essential oils! Without them, I feel I don’t know how I would get through my days sometimes!!