Life has been super hectic around here lately. The last couple of months our evenings have seen a big change.
It used to be that we would sit down to dinner at the kitchen table every night around 6 and eat together as a family. Not so anymore. On Monday and Thursdays Joey has football. On Tuesday evenings the boys have swim lessons. On Wednesday Todd has work meetings every week. That means that every day of the week we are scrambling around dinner time and not really enjoying. It also means that our family does not have the same amount of down time that we used to. It seems like every day the minute Joey gets home from school we are working to finish homework and ram food down everyone's throats before we head out the door. I miss my family dinners.
I also noticed that since this hectic schedule started I had been a lot less patient with my family. Everything bugged me. Every little thing set me off. It seems I was always in a mood.
Since I started running again last week I have been a much happier me. Much more patient with my family. I enjoy the kids so much more. I am much more capable of handling little problems. I don't have such a problem with my temper either. I don't know why I ever forgot this, but running is the best stress reliever. Once I've taken my run I feel much clearer. Much more level headed.
I'm sure the boys are happy I started running again too. I honestly can't remember loosing my temper and yelling since I started running again. How's that for an endorsement? If that doesn't keep me running I don't know what will.
I guess it is true, though I never really believed it before. Taking time out to take care of yourself really does make you a better mom. Lesson learned.